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Hi I'm Justin

I grew up in Utah, I study Physics at Utah State University, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an eagle scout. I love the outdoors. I'm a hands-on person and I love building things. I like wood work especially restoring old furniture. I study Physics at USU. I'm a crazy science geek. One of my future goals is to teach science and math in secondary education. I love camping, snowboarding, and sight seeing. I love the many beautiful things that there are in nature. I got married just over a year ago, and I can't wait till my wife and I will be blessed with our own little family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family and my parents raised me and taught me about God. We went to church every week, and as a young child I knew that my parents believed what they taught at church was correct. This was enough for me at the time, but as I began to get older I started to wonder if the LDS church was really Jesus Christ's church. If it was than I knew that it was important for me to find out for myself and not depend on my parent's testimonies. In order to find out I decided to read the Book of Mormon which is a book of scripture that Mormons use along with the Bible. Because I'm kind of logically minded I decided that if the church was not what it claimed to be than that meant that Joseph Smith would have had to make up the Book of Mormon so I started to read it looking for errors and contradictions which would show that Joseph Smith was a fraud. As I read it though I couldn't find anything wrong with it. As I read the book I felt as if the authors were talking to me asking me to follow Christ, and pushing me on towards the end. As I finished the Book I read a scripture which said "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." I decided to do this so I knelt down and asked God to help me to know if the Book of Mormon is true. After I did this I had a joyful, comforting feeling flow through my body. It's hard to describe, but because of that feeling I can say that I know that the Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets of God, it was given to Joseph Smith as a boy, and through the aid of God Joseph Smith was able to translate it. Because of this I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ, and that's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I attend church in a special ward that's especially for newly married couples. My wife and I are ward missionaries. That means that we are supposed to work in the ward to help encourage people to live the gospel. I served as a full time missionary from May of 2008 to June of 2010 in the greater Cincinnati Ohio area. I got to serve in some extremely diverse types of areas which ranged from downtown Cincinnati, suburban areas, and way out to the hollers of eastern Kentucky.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

The Bible says that unless a man is born of water and fire he cannot receive salvation. There are countless people throughout the history of the world who never heard about Christ, or had a chance to be baptized. Because of this we have been given a way to help those people by being baptized in their behalf. Then in the next life those people can choose to accept or reject it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Mormons believe that it is only through the grace of Jesus Christ that we can be saved. No matter how hard we try we all sin and make mistakes sometimes. This doesn't mean we shouldn't try to be the best we can, it means that we should do our best to follow Christ's example, and when we make mistakes we know that we can seek forgiveness through the atonement of Christ. Stated simply Christ expects us to do our best to follow him and if we do our best his grace will take care of the rest. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

At church members usually wear suits, and ties for men, and modest dresses, or skirts for women. However it is not required that you have really nice clothes in order to go to church. We'd rather see people at church than not, so we usually suggest that they wear the best they have. As far as other customs go members are pretty similar to other people in the areas that they live. We celebrate holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries. We do focus a little more on Christmas and Easter as these holidays focus more on Christ's birth, Atonement and Resurrection. Show more Show less