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Hi I'm Justin

I am from Oregon (USA). I am a biochemistry major at BYU-Idaho. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I have recently been finding out that I might have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This whole thing has caused me a lot of distress. I'm writing this so that hopefully someone else with OCD will know that they are not alone. I am currently studying Biochemistry at BYU-Idaho. I like to make whole wheat bread and eat healthy in general. I enjoy math and soccer. Some of my greatest goals in life include marrying in a temple of the Lord for time and all eternity, not being a bum, and being a good brother and son now and father later.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to be. My parents are divorced. I grew up mainly with my mom and sister. My mom had been raised in the church. I went to church with her and my sister for most of my life, but then stopped towards the end of high school. When I went to college at Oregon State University, I decided to start going to church again and to be baptized. I am amazed at that time! I could feel my Savior's love helping me back. Multiple people have taught me that there is something special about members of the Church of Jesus Christ when they have God's spirit with them. I know that "God does inspire men and call them to his holy work in this age and generation" (Doctrine and Covenants 20:11). And that "God has not ceased to be a God of miracles" (Mormon 9:15). I know that Joseph Smith saw a vision of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in response to a prayer to know what church he should join. I know that vision led to the restoration of the Priesthood and the same church that existed in New Testament times. I know this because I have felt God's Spirit tell me that it is true and I have seen the power of God working through people who had the Priesthood and were disciples of the Savior. I love the doctrines of our church. They give me hope for my life. For example, after Jesus comes again and the dead are resurrected, my physical problem of OCD will be gone. The gospel of Christ is a pattern of life that inspires hope and charity. In the church, are the blessings that God would have available for his children. Temple work for the dead gives me hope that I will be with loved ones again. The atonement of Jesus Christ provides hope that the effects of sin can be removed from my life. I personally believe that the peace that comes from clean gospel living is far better than anything else in this world. I am a Mormon because I choose to be.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by praying to my Heavenly Father morning and evening. I don't swear, drink, or use drugs. I try to live a moral life and treat others with respect.

What is faith?

To have faith is to “hope for things which are not seen, which are true” (see Book of Mormon, Alma 32:21 and Hebrews 11:1) Faith is a principle of power. It's what gets you to act because when you have faith you believe that your actions can actually produce something useful and good. When God commands, and we choose to obey, our faith is strengthened because we can see the blessings of obedience. The scriptures teach that "The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17). It is faith that moves us to get the most out of our lives, to be influences for good, to strengthen the faith of others, to press on when all seems lost, to pray to a Heavenly Father that we can't see, but who lives and loves us and listens to our prayers. Faith in Jesus Christ leads us into better paths. Sometimes we can't see the way to move forward in life, but we just have to have faith and trust Him. He will always be there for us. Show more Show less