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Hi I'm Dexter Johnston

I grew up in Rigby, Idaho and played college soccer for Westminster. I am serving a mission in Edmonton, Canada. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Layton, Utah and moved to Rigby, Idaho. I grew up there with 3 brothers and 2 sisters. I grew up in the LDS religion and after graduating I moved to North Carolina for a construction job then to Salt Lake City where I attended Westminster College on a Soccer Scholarship while going through a Pre-Med program. I then decided to defer that scholarship in order to go on a full-time LDS Mission. I am currently on the mission in Edmonton, Canada. I love it everyday! This work is so worth it! I plan on returning home at the end of the 2 years, going back to college, and starting a family of my own. I will always continue to learn and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

After graduation I was at a point in my life where I had no desire to serve a mission. I had even personally told Bishop and the Stake President that it wasn’t really apart of my future plan. I chose instead to accept a soccer scholarship and play at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, and while doing this I knew that I would leave the church. Not deliberately planning on leaving it, but just personally knowing that I would stop attending the meetings and slowly fade away. During this same time I reconnected with one of my best friends from the past. One night before graduation this friend and I were having a deep conversation about the future and what it held for both of us. I told the friend about the plans I had and the way I felt about wanting to fade away from the church. After saying this I honestly expected them to get angry with me, or tell me how utterly stupid I was being. To my great surprise, they simply began to bare their testimony to me of the gospel. This friend testified to me the power it has had in their life, and the strong desire to keep it in their life. They continued to tell me the potential that they saw in me, and the amazing missionary that they thought and knew I would be if I ever changed my mind and decided to go. They ended by reminding me that do matter what I decided to do, they would love me and would always be there for me... Over the following year I struggled very hard to try and decide whether or not I wanted to be a Mormon. I lived all over the country, including North and South Carolina, Salt Lake City, and Rigby Idaho. No matter where I went, I knew that I would have people that'd help me and love me. It was called my Ward Family. Being a Mormon gives you happiness that you can't find anywhere else, I have looked long and hard, but nothing gives me peace like this beautiful gospel. I am a Mormon because it brings me happiness.

How I live my faith

I am currently a Missionary. I am trying my best every single day to help others come unto Christ and be united in Him. I still have my personal trials and struggles, but I know that if I try just a little harder everyday then I will be invited to live with my Heavenly Father again. It really is about the small and simple things like praying everyday and trying to develop a Christ-like love for the people we are around. I live my faith by being faithful to Jesus Christ, by trying a little more everyday, and by loving those around me.