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Hi I'm Dustin!

I'm a brother, I'm an adventure lover, I'm an Aggie and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I'll be attending Utah State University in the Fall, studying Aviation Technology (Professional Pilot Degree) and I'm stoked! Flying is easily the world's best pass-time. Getting to go miles in the sky in a metal tube, it's a miracle in and of itself. I'm the oldest of 4 kids, and I love my family! After the mission, I want to spend a lot more time with my siblings, I never really got the chance to do that before I came to Cali and I love them a lot! I can't wait to take my little brother golfing. He's a stud! I love music! I believe it speaks the feelings of the heart better than just about anything else. I like to think I can play the guitar. I love just going with the flow and doing whatever sounds fun at the time. I love getting to know new people and talking to everyone. I'm a typically happy, outgoing and energetic person because I find joy in the simple things in life. I see the wonderful things around me and do my best to enjoy life. I love the social aspect of anything I'm doing and i'm proud to be a ginger. I have a progressive bucket list and look forward to getting it taken care of over the next few years. Hoo rah!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it just feels right. I know that through the Atonement of Christ, my sins can be forgiven so that I may return to my Father's presence. I've felt the strength and relief that comes from the cleansing power of our Savior. I love this gospel, and I love sharing the blessings I've received with everyone I come in contact with by inviting them to experience it for themselves. I know that this Church is true. It is Christ's church once again established on the earth out of love, by God (our Heavenly Father) and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet of God who leads and guides us today, and that all that he does for us is what our Heavenly Father would have him do. I love this Church, and all that it has done for me in my life. I invite you to click the button at the top of the screen and request a visit from Missionaries like me in your area. We, as missionaries, are not looking to take away from your faith or to convince you that we're right, but to share what we love so very much, and invite you to come to know of the truth for yourself, by reading from the Book of Mormon, pondering it in your heart and then asking God if it is true. I know that God will answer your prayers and that your life will improve as you build your personal relationship with our Father in Heaven. I look forward to the journey you are about to embark on, and the blessings that I know you will receive because of it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by putting my personal life aside to serve a full-time mission in California and dedicating two years of my life to my Father in Heaven, preaching His gospel and bringing others closer to Christ. I try to base my decisions off of what God would have me do. I'm no where near perfect. I make mistakes each and every day, but I strive to improve myself each day as well. Life is a journey and it's full of lessons. I choose to keep the commandments because I love my Father in Heaven and I want to be a good husband and father for my future family. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the best way to obtain lasting happiness. Before I was called to serve my mission, I attended church each Sunday with my family, but it wasn't until just before I came to California that I came to know these things are true for myself by praying to God and asking Him. Since that day, I've seen a massive change in how I look at the world around me. Life has a different meaning to it now and I do my best to live up to the example of my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Dustin!
Joseph Smith Jr. lived in the early 19th century, he was raised with faith in God, studying the Bible often with his family. In his study of the Bible, he noticed that different sects and churches came to completely different interpretations of the same verses in the Bible, and wanted to know which of all the sects was right. At age 14, Joseph Smith Jr. was reading in James 1:5 which reads "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." and, following this guidance, knelt in prayer in a grove near his home, and asked God which one was right. As an answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ appeared to him, telling him that the Church of Jesus Christ in its fullness was not on the earth, and Joseph was called as a prophet of God in this day and age to Restore the Church again. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Dustin!
We proselyte, or preach, because we know that our message is true, and we want to share it with everyone we come in contact with! Put simply, it has brought joy to our lives, and we want to let it bless the lives of those around us as well! Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Dustin!
Temples are sacred grounds, the House of the Lord. As such, He has asked that only those who are in good standing with Him enter into His house. There is nothing secret about it, simply a sign of respect for God, our Heavenly Father. In the temple, sacred ordinances, or works, are completed such as sealing families together, not just "till death do you part" but for time and eternity. We also perform ordinances, such as baptism, that the Saviour has asked us to do in this life, for those who have passed on without having the chance to be baptized in this life, just as they did in bibical times on Christ's church. (1 Corinthians 15:29; 1 Peter 4:6) Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Dustin!
These are all terms we use to describe our congregational groups. They are based on geographical locations to help build friendships with those who live nearby. The "stake" is a collection of congregations (wards/branches) nearby who come together collectively. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Dustin!
You can go to www.mormon.org/missionaries and request a visit. Missionaries are members like myself who dedicate two years of their lives to sharing the gospel with people like you! There are missionaries all over the world and the ones in your town would love to sit down with you and share our beliefs. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Dustin!
Families are a blessing we've been given as a place for learning and growing together with those we love most. My family has blessed my life and helped me more than anyone and though every family is different, they are all eternally significant. Families are important to us because we know they are forever. We will be with them after this life for all of eternity. Frankly, we strive to keep our families strong and happy because we'll be with them forever, and forever is a long time if you don't get along well! If you'd like more happiness in your family relationships, try complimenting them each day, "kill them with kindness" as a dear friend has told me. It will make you happier, and it will help. I promise. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Dustin!
The easiest way to know if this stuff is true is by trying it for yourself. Try being a mormon for a month and see what it does for you! Come to church with us, live the commandments of God, read The Book of Mormon and pray to know it's true. Missionaries are everywhere to help you have spiritual experiences and to guide you as you strive to understand these things. Give them a call, click the button on top of the screen and invite them over! Show more Show less