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Hi I'm Justin

I'm studying History at BYU. I love reading, listening to and playing music, and running when I'm not too busy.

About Me

I'm super excited to be pursuing a degree in History. I love the past and teaching, so after I get my bachelors degree I hope to go on to get a masters or Phd and being a professor. I'm planning on specializing in early Christian history, so I'm currently taking ancient Greek. It is very hard but very enjoyable. I also really love music. My mom used to love driving around with me in the car because I would sing along with all the jingles. I like trying new things, so I try to be open-minded with music I listen to. I like a lot of psychedelic, old punk (or old-sounding punk), and some folky stuff. I also write a little bit on my banjolele. I've always liked writing poetry. I get a little stage fright though, but I'm trying to get over it. I like running, but I'm bad at prioritizing so I never have time during school. During the summers I run every day though. I just like pushing myself in that way. This last summer my brother (both of my older brothers run) started taking me on longer runs. I had been doing 4 or 5 a day, and he took me for a nine mile run. It was the farthest I had ever gone. The next week he took me on a 18 mile run. It was hard. The next week he took me on a 24 mile run, and we had to cross Eagle River in the middle of it. The river was almost too high for us. Then I decided I would run the 50-miler he was running the next week, and I did. It was mega-hard, but I did it. Sometimes you don't know what you can do till you try.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Holy Ghost witnessed to me that it was the Church of Christ. If he wants me in this church, its more than a good enough reason to be in it!

How I live my faith

I was raised in the church, but have a firm belief to not believe what other people tell me unless I have a good reason to, and to question assumptions. I read the Book of Mormon when I was 13 and when praying about it I felt the peace of God tell me that it was truly another testament of Jesus Christ. So I stuck to it because I knew it was right and would make me happy. In the Book of Mormon I learned that the Jesus of the New Testament was not just a man, but my personal Savior and the only Savior anyone could have. He granted me forgiveness and confidence. I went on a mission to West Virginia. It was amazing and the greatest thing I have ever done. I still miss it, but I know that God has other plans for me. I'd write more, but I have to do some homework. Hopefully I get back to finish soon!