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Hi I'm Justin Barnes

I grew up in Austin, I'm an inventor, I'm a gamer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

To start, I recently turned 19 years old, and I'm leaving on my mission to Bakersfield California in about a month. As part of it, I get to go down to the Mexico Mission Training Center for about 6 weeks. Then the remaining two years will be spent in Bakersfield until I return to Austin for a few months, then it's off to BYU-Idaho for college, where I plan to major in Mechanical Engineering, and sign up for the Air Force ROTC. Growing up I've always enjoyed science, technology, the military, Boy Scouts and the outdoors. On my father's side of my family, and a little bit on my mom's we have a few former military members, hence my desire to serve, My biggest inspiration is my late grandfather on my dad's side, Gary Yeager. He and I were close growing up, and he was a pilot in the Air Force, as well as an Army pilot during the Vietnam War. More info about me: I am an Eagle Scout, I have taken a few engineering course for high school, and helped with many projects of that nature. I'm a very hands-on sort of guy, and I enjoy video games for leisure. My absolute favorites are games from the Halo Series. I also love reading sci-fi novels (Yes, that also includes Halo Media Tie-Ins.) for leisure, as well as some military memoirs.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a born member. A lot of people think: "So it's simple, then. You were forced into it." Not for me. Once we turn eight, we are given the choice to be baptized into the church. I never saw myself as the religious type. Even at a young age, I was heavily into science and technology, and I was also very vain and arrogant. I wanted to be rich, famous, and wealthy, and I didn't see how the Mormon Church added into the equation. My parents offered me the choice, and so I took this to prayer, study, and much soul-searching. I didn't know much about our religion at the time, but I took the time I had to offer a simple prayer from my heart, asking God whether I should join or not. I was prompted to read more of the Book of Mormon. As I did I saw more of the fruits of the Church, and as a popular verse in the Bible says: "By their fruits ye shall know them." And I saw that resounding answer that this is God's true and restored Gospel in the Latter Days. I decided I would join, even though I had no idea what the Lord, or the universe, had in store for me. As I walked my path, however, I saw the Lord bless me with many leadership experiences that I would not have received had I not joined. As a youth, I never understood why I was called. I was small, tiny, and not the makings of a leader, in my eyes, but as I grew older more tests came my way. I was 14 when I got more serious about Boy Scouts, and that also helped me in my path in the Church. It was through the Youth Programs that I was introduced to Boy Scouts, and we were working on the Personal Fitness badge. I never thought that would go well, seeing my weakness...but when I got disciplined, I found myself mature not only physically, but spiritually. I then realized the Lord had many blessings in store for not only me, but all of those who join His Church. I bear witness that this Church is true, and that the Lord has rich blessings in store for all those who turn to Him, and humble themselves before Him.

How I live my faith

I enjoy helping my ward clean up our local meeting house when the need arises. But honestly, whatever needs to be done for service, I'll do it. I have a home-teaching companion, but I've been preoccupied with mission preparation, as it's my final month, and I know the next 2 years will be spent in the service of our Lord and Savior. I'm still working as hard as I can to get my duties done, while I'm here, though. I've also held many leadership callings at my local church. Ever since I was 12, so for about 7 years, I've served alongside my fellow friends and church family, and I enjoy every memory and friend I've made along the way.