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Hi I'm Justin

I'm a student. I love the outdoors. I love spending time with my family and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a rural town small enough that you could get stuck behind a tractor on the highway. I am the oldest of 6 kids and love to spend time with my siblings, especially when we're playing video games. A few of my interests include camping in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. I also love shooting clay pigeons. I am a huge Aggie (Utah State University) fan. My family has a strong tradition of attending USU and I am currently studying there to become a civil engineer.

Why I am a Mormon

I've spent a lot of time searching for answers. It can be hard for people to accept the LDS church because of things that they've heard about the church. I was raised in this church, but that doesn't mean that I've never had questions. Whether the things that I've heard are true or not (the majority are false), all questions eventually come back to whether Jesus Christ restored his church through the prophet Joseph Smith. We can know this really happened by reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. After a lot of thought and prayer, I've come to the conclusion that this is Christ's church. I know this because I have read the Book of Mormon for myself, not just listened to what other people have told me. But the most important reason why I am a mormon is because I have faith in Jesus Christ. God won't always give us every answer we want, but by asking him in prayer, he will tell us what we need to know; and that's why I am a mormon.

How I live my faith

One of the core beliefs of the LDS church is that families are forever and continue after death. Because of this, we expend a lot of effort in finding ALL of our family, even members who died hundreds of years ago, so that we can be with them after death. I enjoy searching for my ancestors, because family is the most important thing in the world to me.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Justin
The reason why we're sometimes called Mormons is because we believe that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Because "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" is a mouthful, some people choose to shorten it to the "Mormon" church. This is great for quick reference, but people must always keep in mind that we worship Jesus Christ, not Mormon, Joseph Smith, or anyone else. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Justin
A ward is another name for congregation or group of people who meet together every week to worship. Several wards make up a stake. The wards in a stake often coordinate with each other to do larger activies and strengthen one another. Sometimes there aren't enough members in a geographical area to make up a ward, so instead a branch is formed until the church in that area grows enough to be called a ward. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Justin
The missionaries' message will be focused on Jesus Christ. They'll be there to answer your questions about life, God, and his church and invite you to find out if the things they teach are true for yourself. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Justin
The man that God has called as his prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. He leads the LDS church today through continued revelation from God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Justin
Because none of us are perfect, nothing we can do will pay the price for our sins. Jesus Christ suffered for our sins for us, so we are all saved by his grace. In return, he has asked us show our willingness to follow him by repenting and keeping his commandments. We are saved by his grace only by following him, but he loves everyone regardless of their choices, and welcomes everyone unto him. Show more Show less