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Hi I'm Dustin

I love to read, travel and learn. I am a Sociology major. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an Arizona Native and have never married (yet). I lost my hearing at about 18 months old, and have been wearing hearing aids ever since. I am fortunate to have parents who provided the best teachers for me to be able to talk. Today I talk like a normal person would do. I do have some trouble saying certain words. I work as a Vocational Service Specialist at a private nonprofit corporation that provides educational, therapeutic, rehabilitation and social services to children and adults with developmental and, physical disabilities and behavioral health challenges. I love this position because I am able to watch and interact with these people as they learn to work and adapt to life situations. It always amazes and reminds me that they are truly Heavenly Father's children through their actions, social interactions and the comments they make. Some of my hobbies are: learning foreign languages, collecting the Book of Mormon in other languages, traveling to other countries (visited 10 countries so far, mostly in Europe), Archery shooting, genealogy, photography and scanning old pictures. I have completed all but one class to complete my BA in sociology and plan to get a BA in Geography. I am always learning about the gospel, either from reading the scriptures, interacting with members, and reading church manuals and magazines.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. Growing up with a disability was not easy and because of the family dynamics that caused me to be angry or bitter for a long time. As I grew and learned from the scriptures that I needed to forgive the very people that were trying to help me to the best of their abilities. But I allowed fear to control me by saying it is not worth it. In other words, it kept me from asking for forgiveness. But with the help of a very good friend, who encouraged me to confront my fears and ask the people that I believed offended me. Some time ago, I went to the one person that I had the most anger towards to, and asked for that persons forgiveness. As I did so, I felt relieved and at peace. Now, as I remembered a scripture that tells us if we ask for forgiveness, we will remember it no more, and the Lord promised that he will also remember it no more. To this day, I don't remember what the anger was about and realized that the Savior's Atonement was at work for me by removing the anger and replaced it with peace... This is how I understand to follow the Gospel of the Savior. I testify that the atonement is real as you and I. It does bring peace to your soul. I know that if we ask for help which is righteousness, he will help. The Gospel brings peace to us if we follow the commandments of the Lord. After all, it is His desire to help us make it back to His and Heavenly Father's presence.

How I live my faith

The one thing that I have learned over the years in my various callings is that Heavenly Father knows what He is doing, and always calls me to a position to teach me what I needed to learn at the time. I am thankful for my callings, as I know it has helped me to be a better person, better brother, better son, or a better Counselor. I also do my best to obey the commandments to the best of my understanding and strive to be like Jesus.