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Hi I'm Justin

I'm a husband, father, scout master, business owner, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recovering sports addict (I still think that baseball and ice hockey are the only true sports). For much of my life, my spare time and Sundays were consumed with what sports were on TV or in town. After becoming a father, we set rules for our children about their Sabbath day television viewing to watch only things about Jesus so that they could remember that the Sabbath is a day that should be devoted to the Lord. Of course, I didn't apply these rules to me, as I already "knew" that the Sabbath is to be devoted to the Lord. One Sunday, I was sitting on the couch, after church, watching a football game, when my then, 4 year-old child asked me why I was watching something that wasn't about Jesus but she couldn't. It pierced me to the heart, and as painful as it was (and still is), because of the things that came from the mouth of a child, I am a much better observer of the Sabbath.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised "in the Church" and have been taught of goodly parents from my early youth about the Gospel, about my Savior, Jesus Christ, and about the principles of His teachings. I think that through much of my early life, I just relied on the things I was taught and believed them to be true, although I didn't really know it for myself. There have been many times in my teenage years and throughout my life where I have had questions and concerns about things and wanted to learn for myself about these questions. Is the Book of Mormon really another source of God's written word? Was Joseph Smith really a prophet of God? Why was polygamy practiced in the early Church? Is it really important to observe the Sabbath Day, and keep it holy? And many more. For each of these questions, as I have been taught, both in Church as a child, as well as in high school and college in critical thinking classes, I studied and read and pondered many differing points of view and when I gathered sufficient information, I thought and prayed about each question individually and spent hours, if not days, pleading for answers, with full intent to follow the Lord's will with the answer. For each question, I received answers to each question that satisfied my questions and concerns. Because of these answers, I have continued on what I have learned is the Lord Jesus Christ's path. Most powerfully in the reasons of my "being a Mormon" is my testimony of Jesus Christ and his divine Sonship and role in my personal salvation, as well as in the salvation of all those who believe in Him and follow Him.

How I live my faith

I have served in many positions in my life in the Church. These callings range from the person in charge of making sure the church building was locked up every night, to full-time missionary in Romania, to pianist for the primary (children's Sunday school class), employment specialist, financial welfare specialist, president over a group of married men (Elders Quorum President), and currently I work as the scoutmaster over 15, 12-13 year old boys. This current calling I hold is one of the most fun, but challenging positions I have ever held. I have a huge responsibility to teach these young men the values and principles of the Boy Scouts of America, it's oath, law, slogan, and motto. I also strive to link these values and principles to the values and principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I strive to teach these boys that they can, and must do HARD THINGS. We are a hiking troop, and as such, we do at least 4-10 mile hikes every year, and at least 1-20 mile hike every other year. We also camp out in the woods, desert, or elsewhere in God's creation almost every month. These opportunities give us the chance to take in the grandeur of God's creations, and His love for each and every one of His children.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

This was one of the big questions that I had to find the answer to in my life. I always thought that I had to "earn" my way to Heaven with good works. And, time after time, my works left much to be desired. I felt hopeless and felt I would never be "worthy" to return to my Heavenly Father. While on my mission in Romania, I began to understand the doctrine of grace and Christ's role in my salvation. In my own mind, I always knew that Jesus Christ was the Savior of the world, but I believed that I needed to earn, or work out my own salvation. Although, I still believe, and know, that my own salvation is brought on by decisions I make on my own, I know that no matter how many "good decisions" or "good works" I do in and of myself, my works are as dried grass in the furnace, and mean nothing in relationship to my own salvation. That without my faith in the grace and perfection of my Savior, Jesus Christ, I would be damned: There would be no hope for me, or anyone else. When I came to understand that I CANNOT do this without being wholly reliant upon the mercy, power, and love of my Savior Jesus Christ, then my understanding of the doctrine of salvation by grace became clear and understandable. I am SO grateful for Jesus, the Son of God, and for his infinite love for me and for each of us on the Earth, that he submitted to the will of the Father and allowed Himself to be sacrificed for MY sins, pains, and imperfections. I know that Jesus the Christ is my Savior. Show more Show less