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Hi I'm Justin

I´m a Missionary and a True-Blooded Utah State Aggie, and I´m a Mormon!

About Me

I am 20 years old and I have a loving family who has raised me in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Currently I am serving as a full-time missionary in the Argentina Mendoza Mission and I absolutely love it!. I am the youngest in my family and have two older sisters, two awesome brother in-laws, and of course my wonderful parents! I´ve grown up playing sports, and especially love basketball. In high school I was involoved in student government, which led me to be an Ambassador at Utah State University. As an ambassador I get promote the great university that I love by giving campus tours, scooping famous aggie ice cream and lending service. I love doing anything outside, whether it be hiking, camping, playing sports or working. And its always better when there´s friends and family by your side. Oh, and I LOVE Christmas. There´s nothing better than a white December in my house!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love my Father in Heaven and his son Jesus Christ. I want to live my life in a way that is pleasing unto them, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps me live in such a way. I know that it is the true church of Christ upon the earth. Living its teachings has brought me more joy in this life than anything else. This joy is different than happiness however. It is a joy that can only be found when Jesus Christ is present. The gospel of Jesus Christ inspires me to become better. I know that God has a plan for each one of us on this earth and by living his commandments and having faith in his word we can come to know of his plan for us individually, as well as progress towards our true potential. God wants his children to be happy, and the teachings of his church brings me the assurance of His love for me, and it helps me cope with the hard things of life.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ provides many opportunites to live our faith. Faith is a verb and requires rightous action. Currently, I am striving to show my faith by serving a mission in Argentina. As a missionary, I commit two years of my life to serve the Lord and find those people who he has prepared to hear his gospel. We teach, serve, and baptize those who are ready and willing to commit to their Father and Heaven to keep his commandments, serve others, and stand as a witness of Christ in all things. I have seen an incredible amount of blessings for both myself and my family as I have strived to live the fullness of the gospel and help others do the same. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a missionary, as I have come closer to my Savior each and every day. My favorite way that I can live my faith is by teaching. As a member of the church of Jesus Christ, we have many great opportunities to teach and serve others. I love the principle of teaching because we can always learn something new as we speak by the power of the Holy Ghost, which strengthens our own testimony of Jesus Christ and strengthens others as well.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Justin
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It contains a record of ancient prophets, the first being Lehi, who left Jerusalem around 600 BC when God commanded him to lead a group of people to the American Continent. The book contains a record of Christ's visit to the American Continent after his resurrection. He taught and established his church amongst the people. Christ taught of Heavenly Father's plan for his children and the need for his Atonement. The Book of Mormon is a second witness of Christ, added to that of The Bible. It contains the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is named after one of the ancient prophets who compiled the records, his name being Mormon. Mormon's son, Moroni, ended the Book of Mormon with a promise that if you read the pages with a sincere heart, desiring to know the truth, and pray, asking Heavenly Father whether it is the Word of God, the Holy Ghost will testify unto you of the truthfulness and divinity of the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Justin
Since the beginning of time God has always worked through his servants, the prophets (Amos 3:7). Prophets serve as a spokesman or a vital link between us, God´s children on earth, and our Father in Heaven. He has always given his servants his power, or in other words the ability to guide his work and perform the necessary ordinances of salvation, such as baptism. This power is called the Priesthood. Jesus Christ taught about the importance of authority when he was on the earth. He himself was baptized to fulfill all righteousness by the hand of John the Baptist. It was essential that John the Baptist perform the ordinance because he had the necessary priesthood power. We believe that no one can obtain this power unless he was called of God, as was Aaron (Hebrews 5:4). Christ gave his apostles this power when he called and ordained them to preach the gospel. With the passing of time and with the death of Christ and his apostles, the sacred Priesthood Power was lost along with the essential doctrines and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the year 1829, this priesthood power was restored by the hands of heavenly messengers, such as John the Baptist, Peter, James and John. They appeared to the prophet Joseph Smith, laid their hands upon his hand, and confired upon him the keys and powers of the Priesthood. The restoration of the priesthood was part of the ¨restitution of all things" (Acts 3:21). This power is passed on to worthy males within the Church. Show more Show less