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Hi I'm Justin

I'm addicted to climbing and bouldering. I play the saxophone. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I always have a hard time coming up with what to say in the "About Me" sections of stuff. I guess to start of: I am a college student currently studying to earn a Bachelor of Jazz Studies degree. I love music. I play the alto saxophone mainly, but am also competent on clarinet, flute, and guitar hero... I was recently married, and my wife and her family have infected me with the climbing virus. I've been learning the basics for about 8 months now, and I've really gravitated towards bouldering. My personality tends to lead me towards puzzles, or challenges - really anything where I know there's a solution that needs to be solved. I am very competitive, especially against myself (hence the passion for music and climbing). I crave information and I am fascinated by the history of mankind. Studying in college has drastically altered my worldview from where it was a few short years ago. But I am grateful for the change and for the perspective my studies have brought to my own life. Learning and expanding my skills will be driving motivations for me throughout my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I've asked myself this question before. Growing up, I was Mormon because I was raised Mormon. I did the things I was expected to do. Serving a two year mission was a faith building, and faith challenging experience. For the first time in my life, I was exposed to people who didn't really look at the world the same way I did. And they were very good at explaining why they had the beliefs or thoughts they had. I was faced with new ideas, new knowledge, and the challenge of reconciling my faith with the increased awareness I was given. It was difficult, and can continue to be so occasionally. However, the one thing I can't give up is the Spiritual witness I have received of the the truthfulness of the things I have studied in the Mormon faith. The experiences I have had are experiences I can't fully relate to anyone else. I know God knows me personally. I know He has a plan for me and for every one of His children living on the earth. I don't know how everything works out. I don't know why things happen the way they do all of the time. But I do know God is there. I also know by the same spiritual witness that He has restored His priesthood power, or the authority to do and say the things His Son, Jesus Christ, would do or say, to the earth. It is impossible for me to list every reason for why I am a Mormon. The Spirit has let me know it's true. In a way, my faith makes more sense to me than anything else I've learned or studied in my lifetime. God's plan is perfect. We can know he is there. He will reveal His love to us. Read the Book of Mormon, and you can know these things too.

How I live my faith

My faith is a living, driving force in my day to day actions. Not only am I involved in activities directly related to church service, but my faith is much more deeply centered in my heart than that. Almost all of the decisions I make are influenced by my beliefs. From living a modest lifestyle, in action and appearance, to avoiding certain types of foods or drinks, I have chosen to govern my life according to the principles I have studied. I feel that my beliefs have given me a perspective - one where I can place myself in time, and feel purpose. I don't feel alone or meaningless. I know that the choices I am making are shaping a future that will be with me forever. I love life, and I find joy in knowing why I am here. I try to live my faith according to this perspective that I have. I am not perfect, but I am trying. I want to be better. I want to do a better job of emulating the Savior's life. Thankfully, He is merciful and grants us His grace so that we can keep trying, keep getting better, keep learning how to rely on Him for the strength we need. Without His love, none of what I hope for could ever be possible. My faith points me to Christ, and Christ provides all I need to return to live with my God, my Heavenly Father, who loves me.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Justin
One of the unique beliefs that we as a Mormon faith have is the belief in the eternal unity of the family. Some of life's greatest blessings come to us through the family. For many, there are no other relationships that can compare to the relationships found within the family, particularly that between husband and wife. Through the Restoration of the priesthood power, God has granted us His authority to seal, or bind, families together for time and eternity - meaning that we can be together as a family forever conditional upon our acceptance of the Savior and His sacrifice for us. With this sealing power comes tremendous comfort and motivation. Comfort knowing that we will be with our loved ones again as those closest to us pass away. And motivation to accept and apply the redeeming sacrifice of the Savior into our lives so that we may qualify for the blessings He wants to give us. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Justin
Everything in our faith is aimed at helping the family. I believe that the family is the single most important aspect of mankind's existence. As such, much should be done to protect and preserve the family and the roles that are associated with it. Within the bonds of marriage, husband and wife have the duty of raising their children in a loving environment - one where the Gospel of Jesus Christ can be taught, learned, and experienced. Husband and wife are to love one another, giving themselves completely to each other. Husbands are primarily responsible for providing for their families. Wives are primarily responsible for the nurturing and caring of their families. Both are to be equals. Although imperfect as we each are, I can imagine what sort of family life would develop if a husband and wife's priorities were first to the Lord, then to each other, then to their children. Christlike attributes of love, forgiveness, patience, service, and selflessness would develop which would in turn greatly contribute to the successfulness of the family. Show more Show less