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Hi I'm Dustin

I'm a college student, I'm a rock n' roll enthusiast, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently attending Brigham Young University, majoring in philosophy. I enjoy running and working out and playing pretty much any sport. I love music, especially The Killers and Styx, and I play guitar in a band called "Bruneel" with my bros! Music is definitely my favorite thing in the entire world, but my second favorite thing in the entire world is boating! I love the water - it's my favorite thing to drink and also to play in. I'm kind of socially awkward, and I have many flaws, but I know that the Savior is capable of changing me into the person I want and need to be.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, and I never really had any reason to doubt its teachings. I feel like I always had a testimony, but I definitely wasn't always converted. It wasn't until I served my two year mission in Dallas, TX when I truly became converted. I saw the hand of the Lord perform so many miracles through me and through others that it would be impossible for me to deny it. The more I study the scriptures and seek to develop my own personal relationship with the Savior, the more I come to understand and believe the teachings and philosophies of the LDS faith and the more I come to realize that there exists so much outside evidence of these beliefs. On top of everything else, however, is the fact that I've prayed about the Book of Mormon several times and have received the confirming witness from the Holy Ghost that it is true each time. Over-all, I feel peaceful and happy when I contemplate the fact that I am where the Lord wants me to be.

How I live my faith

Church at 8:30 a.m. should be illegal, especially for college students. It's hard to have to get up that early on Sunday morning, which is the most convenient day of the week to sleep in otherwise. But even though it's hard and not really ideal, I still do it, because I believe it's important. With all the stress and hassle college life can cause, the spiritual "recharge" I get from attending church is something I definitely need to get me through the week. Although I make several mistakes throughout the course of each day, I strive to keep the commandments, however small they may seem. I believe following the Savior and being a disciple of Christ means to make sacrifices and learn to do His will, even if it conflicts with my own. I strive to be a good example of kindness and friendliness to those around me and I always try to give people the benefit of the doubt.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

God is perfect. He is full of mercy yet also full of justice. Because of this, no unclean thing can dwell in His presence (3 Nephi 27:19, 2 Corinthians 6:17). Since we "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God," (Romans 3:23) we are stained with sin and are unclean. Since God is our Father, He loves us and wants us to receive a fullness of joy (Romans 8:16-17). In His infinite wisdom and mercy He has prepared a way for us to be made clean. This way is through His son Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17; 14:6, 3 Nephi 15:9). "The wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23), and we cannot pay this price ourselves. Christ, through His everlasting grace, paid this price for us even though He lived a perfect, sinless life and didn't need to (1 Corinthians 6:20). This happened while Christ bleed from each pore in garden of Gethsemane and while he suffered, hung, and died on the cross at Golgotha. Because of this and because His spirit and body were reunited, never again to be separated, He has overcome death and hell and holds the keys to the resurrection of all of us (1 Corinthians 15). As we have faith in Christ, repent of our sins, make and keep sacred covenants or promises to follow His teachings, we will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, which will sanctify us and free us from our stains of sin (Acts 2:37-38; 2 Nephi 9: 21-23). This satisfies the demands of both justice and mercy and allows us to be made clean and made perfect, like Christ and our Heavenly Father both are. Show more Show less