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Hi I'm Justin

I live in Iowa. I'm a husband, a daddy, and a dental student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I'm a husband and a father. I don't think there is anything in this world more important, or more fulfilling, than devoting time to your family. I have a beautiful wife who is the love of my life, and two crazy & adorable little children. There is nothing better than coming home after a very long day and being immediately smothered by my little children wanting daddy to read to them or play with them. My passion is woodworking. I learned how to design and build furniture while in college, and have found that there are few things in life as satisfying as making something permanent with your own two hands. I love the smell of sawdust, the sound of the machines, and and the feel of wood as it is being worked. Any day where I can spend time in a wood shop is a good day... Since starting dental school, I have had little time for anything other than studying. Sadly, woodworking has been put on hold while I complete my education. I love that through dentistry I still get to work with my hands, and I know that what I do is helping people in a very important way. My family is so supportive. They make it all possible. Family is truly the most valuable treasure on earth.

Why I am a Mormon

Everyone needs to gain a knowledge of the truth and a testimony for themselves. Although I had supportive parents who were members of the Mormon faith, I still needed to gain a testimony of the Gospel for myself. This happened when I was living on my own as a young college student. I met many people that didn't seem to know what the purpose of this life is, and how God wanted us to live. Although I had been taught true principles my whole life, I realized that if I did not have a personal conviction, I could easily be swept away in the frenzy of spiritual confusion that prevails all too often today. My testimony came as an answer to heartfelt prayer. Specifically, I prayed to know if God was my father, if He loved me, and if this was His church on the earth today. The answer to all three of these questions was, and is, YES! Gaining a testimony was only a step in a lifelong journey. True conversion requires us to try as hard as we can to follow the Savior. Although I fail every day, I know that God loves me, and that He makes up for my shortcomings through the atonement of His son Jesus Christ. Now that I have begun a family of my own, a knowledge of the Gospel has become even more important. My children need to know that God truly and deeply loves them. They must know that He cares for them in spite of their faults, and that He will always be there for them. I must teach them that there really is a difference between right and wrong - that God does care how they live their lives. True happiness comes from living a Christ-like life. Joy is the gift that God gives to those who follow Him. He loves us and wants the best for all of us.

How I live my faith

On Sundays, I have the opportunity to teach a "Sunbeam" class. This is a Sunday School class of 4-year-old children. Although children can be a handful, I know that my Heavenly Father has blessed me to be able to connect with those children, but I honestly learn as much from them as they have learned from me. Preparing to teach every week has helped me to improve my ability to teach my own children at home, which has been such a blessing. Outside of church, I try to be an example of the Savior, Jesus Christ. As a dental student, I have a unique opportunity to volunteer my time and services to community members in need. As I join outreach groups providing free dental care various groups, I feel such a connection with the Lord who lived His whole life serving all mankind. I know that if He were on the earth today, He would be with the poor, the meek, the afflicted, the sick, and the humble. I truly believe that God does not judge us by what we do for a living, but how we live our lives.