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Hi I'm Dustin

I grew up in southern Utah. I am a registered nurse studying nurse anesthesia in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently studying nurse anesthesia. I will graduate in December 2014. I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan with my wife, 2 year old son. My wife and I are expecting another boy in January 2014. My family and I prefer to spend as much time with each other as possible. We enjoy going on walks, going to local parks, riding bikes, playing tennis, baseball, golf, and basketball. It is safe to say that we love sports. One of our favorite family activities is going out to eat. I love watching my son grow and develop. Some of my happiest times are when he gives me a hug and kiss after a long day of work. After we reunite I love to wrestle or tickle him, or anything I can do to make him laugh. I love to play with him and his toys, read him books, watch his movies, and be outdoors with him. I am most happy when I see him making good decisions and obeying rules we have made with him. His submission to what I desire of him truly humbles me and fills my heart with joy. I feel so blessed to be his father. My wife is the best spouse I could ask for. She takes care of my son and I day after day without complaining. She teaches me so much about what it means to be selfless and to put others first. She is an amazing mother, so patient and kind. She is my best friend and most trusted confidant. She makes my life easy and beautiful!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, in a small Mormon community in southern Utah. I was raised going to church and learning about Jesus Christ, and the history of the church. I didn't take my beliefs seriously in my teenage years. There came a point in my life when I couldn't rely on my parents beliefs any longer. I needed to know for myself what path I should take and what God wanted of me. As I gave my best effort to live a Christ-like life, serve others, study the scriptures with real intent, and pray sincerely and frequently, my life changed. God answered my prayers in such a profound way that those feelings will never leave me in this life. As I live the way God wants me to I experience true happiness and peace. This way of living has brought many blessings to my family and I, which reaffirms to me that this is the way God wants me to live. The gospel of Jesus Christ has given me so much to live for. The most important truths of this gospel to me include those found in the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I make mistakes, daily. The gospel has given me the knowledge of how to change myself and be better. This daily process of improvement refines me and at the end of this life I hope to be able to see the progress I've made and be found worthy to live with my family forever. This is only made possible because Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself for me. If there is one thing I want my children to learn from me, its that they have a Savior who loves them unconditionally, and has provided a way for them to be forgiven of their sins. This will bring them peace in this life, and eternal life in the life to come. I know these things are true. I know that Jesus Christ stands at the head of this church, and leads it through his prophet and apostles as He did when He lived on this earth. I know these things because I've studied them and asked God in prayer if they were true. God answered my prayers and this is why I am Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try my best on a daily basis to be like my Savior. I have better days than others and I am far from perfect but I am grateful that Jesus Christ allows me to repent and try again no matter how many times I fall short of my spiritual goals. At church I am responsible for teaching the young men, ages 16-18, how to be the men that this world needs them to be. We meet for an hour on Sundays. We also meet for an hour during the week for an activity which is usually on Wednesday. These activities are centered on learning to become Christ-like, and having good wholesome fun. I am also in charge of visiting 2 specific families in our church at least once a month. I team up with another man in the church to attend to the needs of these families, whether they be physical, or spiritual. We try to be available to them if ever they need help. Each time we visit them we pray with them and for them, and share a spiritual thought that encourages all of us to be more like Jesus Christ. Our intent is to be a resource for them and to be their friend. In my home, we try to pray before our meals, and at night before we go to bed, or when special occasion permits. Such as when someone in our family is ill, afraid, or hurt we ask God to help us. We also set an hour aside each week to teach our family how to be more like Jesus. As you can tell, there is a running theme here. I need a lot of reminders to be more like my Savior. Although I need to read the scriptures and words of the prophets daily I have not become disciplined enough to make it a habit. I am grateful for the opportunity to be better today than I was yesterday.