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Hi I'm Jennifer Dustin

I live in Salt Lake City with my husband and four children. I am blessed with wonderful family and friends. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a big family--7 children--and my home was noisy and fun. My siblings are still my very best friends and I can trace my most cherished values to lessons learned from my parents in the home. I served an LDS mission in Kobe Japan and then finished my B.A. in English at BYU. I soon met my husband at insurance school--I knew I wanted to marry him on our first date! We've grown a lot since then and attribute the success of our marriage to a deep and abiding love for our Savior Jesus Christ and the gospel principles that help pave the way for our four children. Motherhood is a sacred responsibility to me and has brought great joy. I also love to be involved in church, civic and school service, especially where it involves working with children or youth. I seek out and cherish good friends, grateful for all associations that bring me joy. The older I get, the more I reflect on words I heard often growing up: "No one will ever care about you as much as your family." Maybe this is why family history research brings me so much joy. My connection with those who have gone before me is undeniable and has deepened my understanding that I'm part of a great extended family.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so I have many memories of attending church, praying and studying the scriptures with my family. I don't remember a time when I didn't have a testimony of Jesus Christ and the gospel. I felt a special closeness to Him and a desire to follow Him, especially in difficult times. I remember great leaders, fun activities and experiences, but my conversion undeniably came as a witness from the Spirit of the Lord, usually in answer to prayer or as confirmation of a spiritual principle that I had heard. I've thought a lot about what true conversion is. It is definitely a process and I always seek to deepen my conversion through faith and obedience. I have received many witnesses throughout my life from the Holy Ghost and share with you my testimony that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live. I testify that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been established on the earth again with full priesthood authority. I also testify that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God who was called to help with this great restoration of precious truths that were lost and that he translated the Book of Mormon by the power and authority from God. I witness that the Book of Mormon is the word of God written by prophets and that it is another testament of Jesus Christ. I testify that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. I know that He atoned for my sins and I have felt his grace, a special healing power that has allowed me to feel worthy and draw close to Him. I testify that the Holy Ghost will bear witness of these important truths as you exercise faith and ask God in prayer if they are true. I share this testimony in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I live in an ethnically and culturally diverse area, and my faith has grown as I have met many wonderful people from all different backgrounds. I recently participated in a community story project where we sought out and memorialized stories from those in our community, especially those who had come from countries such as Mexico, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand and Nepal. Some were reluctant to sit down for an interview, yet once the camera started, they had this compelling desire to share who they were. I think we all desire to know our roots--where we come from and that we matter. I truly know that everyone has a story. This experience was a reminder to me that God is a loving Heavenly Father who loves all His children. I always reflect on the example of Jesus Christ, who didn't seek position or status with religious or political authorities; rather, He sought out the humble, He helped those who were rejected by others (as He often was), and He always showed love to all. I guess I try to learn everyone's story because I then see who they really are and why they do the things they do. I'm better able to love them. My family used to make fun of me when we traveled because I would seek out people and strike up a conversation, even when I was very young. I honestly didn't think that was weird at all, and I now know why I did that. I desire deep and abiding friendships, and asking questions and knowing a person creates those critical connections that link our entire human family. Yes, I know the names of people who work at McDonald's and the grocery story because people matter more than anything.