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Hi I'm Justin

I love learning, sports, and my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of six children, I grew up in the hot summers and frigid winters of eastern Utah. I spent most of my youth doing typical things like, playing in the mud (accidentally eating more than my fair share of dirt), playing sports, learning, and enjoying time with my family. At home I worked as a farm hand, or if I want to impress people I tell them I was a cowboy, I didn't have a horse, but I worked with cows, so it was good enough. Now I am serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or as others know it, the Mormon Church. Right now I am serving in Los Angeles, California, as I a missionary I serve for two years as I bring the teachings of Jesus Christ to those who do not have them. After my two year mission, I plan on attending college at BYU and majoring in business management.

Why I am a Mormon

As I have lived my faith, I have felt no greater joy and peace. The church teaches of Jesus Christ and of Heavenly Father's plan for us. Because of this I can see the hand of God in my life everyday. I know through serious study of the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and I have learned that this church is the only church with the fullness of Jesus Christ's teachings and authority. A bold statement I know, but I cannot deny it, this is the true church of God and of Jesus Christ. I know it, I live it, I love it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living Christ's teachings, and trying to become more like him. Because I am trying to be more Christ-like I try to do little acts of service throughout the day to help others. These acts of service can range from smiling or holding a door for someone. I also try to be patient, calm, and forgiving, like Christ is now.

What are Mormon temples used for?

Justin
We consider temples as houses of the Lord, they are some of the most sacred places on earth because the Spirit of God is there. In temples we receive special instructions and make covenants with our Heavenly Father to live his commandments and to live better lives. Also in temples we participate in ordinances that are designed to unite families for eternities, some of these ordinances are: baptisms for the dead and sealings. Baptisms for the dead are when a person does a proxy (a person authorized to act in place of another) baptism for their ancestors, these baptisms give people who have passed on an opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as their savior and to follow him even after their deaths, the Bible mentions these in 1 Corinthians 15:29. Sealings are when families are married in the temple by someone holding the authority of God, these marriages are able to unite families through death, these include parents and children, these sealings are what we believe Jesus Christ spoke of in Matthew 16:19, "whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven." For these reasons we have temples, I know that the temple is truly a house of god and it is in temples that we can become close to Him and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Justin
Grace is very important, as humans we are imperfect and make many mistakes, Jesus Christ and his Atonement provides a way that we can be saved through his grace. To be saved by grace doesn't mean that we get to sit around and do nothing and be saved, but we are taught that it is after all we can do. This means that in this life we work to serve others and do good in every opportunity that we can, we do need to be careful and realize that no one can possibly earn our way to salvation. With our human weaknesses we cannot save ourselves, but after all we can do, Jesus Christ will be our mediator for our Heavenly Father. Without Jesus Christ and his atonement we are lost, we know that it is truly by grace that we are saved. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Justin
As members of the church we believe the Bible to be written by prophets who are inspired by God. We love the Bible, we know that the countless teachings of Jesus Christ contained in the Bible make our lives and world a better place. In the course of his life Jesus Christ taught many things, such as: love one another, serve others, give to the poor, love God, etc., these teachings are invaluable as we try to live a life that will bring us closer to God. Without the Bible we may not these specific teachings and amazing example that Jesus Christ gave us throughout his life, that would be a tragedy. As Mormons, we love the Bible, we know it is true, and we continue to learn from the teachings it contains. Show more Show less