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Hi I'm Justin

I'm a Mormon; true blue, through and through.

About Me

Hello All! :) I'm a twenty-four year old young man currently living in South Florida. I'm attending college as a Music Composition/Education Major. I play the trumpet and the piano and am looking forward to taking organ lessons as soon as I can. I come from a wonderful family: two of the best parents ever and five of the best siblings of all time. I've got four sisters and one brother. I love them all and my whole soul sings when I think that I am sealed to them for both time and eternity. They can be my family eternally! In that respect, I am the luckiest guy in the world. :) I love music. I perform music, write music, and sometimes conduct music. I play trumpet in school bands and sing in my Church's congregational choir. Outdoor activities that I like include hiking (especially in the mountains), biking, jogging, watching thunderstorms, sitting out and watching the sunrises and sunsets, photography, and taking time to ponder the wonders of nature - the big things and the little things; this is a fantastic world that we're living in and there's beauty all around for those who'll take the time and invest the energy to see it. Indoor activities include spending time with my awesome family (and our amazing Flame-Point Himalayan cat, named Fireball) while being serious or silly as the situation requires, listening to beautiful music, reading good books, helping siblings, parents, and friends with anything and everything, and writing letters to friends and family. I look forward to having a family of my own sometime in the not too distant future. I love kids and am excited to have the opportunity to raise up my own and help them see the wonder of this world as I see it and help them gain a hope for a life in God's presence forever with me and my wife, bound together as a family forever and ever. I am excited about the difference that I can make for good in this world by daring to be true to my God and the freedoms He has granted me. I love helping to encourage other people to stand and be counted as advocates of good and correct principles. I am a fearless advocate of the truth of God and of His work among mankind and I love to "talk religion" with anybody anywhere anytime.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because there is no other system of living that brings me so much happiness and so much insight into life as this religion, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I've had to give up a lot of things and deny myself a lot of the social pleasures of my generation over the years, but it has been a small sacrifice for all of the wonders God has shown me. He has reached out time and time again and touched me. He's made me smarter, stronger, kinder, and more able to do good in this world. I've given God so much but He's given me so much more. I served a two year mission for the Church from 3 August 2005 through 7 August 2007. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life because I had the privilege of dedicating every day to God. I taught His word to thousands of people. I saw the lives of those I taught dramatically changed for the better as they faithfully experimented upon my testimony to them that obedience to God brings His blessings. I came from knowing God existed and knowing His work was true before this experience to actually knowing God. I can't explain all of it, but by absolutely living what God wanted me to do and making His purpose my purpose He gave me an unshakable witness that He exists, that He loves us, and that He is involved with us in our every upward aim. I have heard God's voice whisper sweet peace to my soul in times of calm and in the storms of life when I've called upon Him in prayer. I have had my perspective explode wider with new insight(s) thousands upon thousands of times as I've read the scriptures, thought long and hard about what I'd read and then asked God for understanding. I've been in the Temple, what we consider to be the House of the Lord, and have felt the Spirit of God there so strongly that I have been completely amazed. I am Mormon because my religion promises that families can endure beyond the grave in the same organization we now enjoy in this life, and that is precious to me. I am Mormon because the principles of this religion require me to be the very, very best that I can be, no matter what. I am Mormon because no other religion offers the comprehensive view of God's plan for mankind this religion offers to each and every one of us. I am Mormon because this Gospel gives me answers to the deepest questions of my soul. I know who I am and I know God's plan for me and for all mankind. That knowledge is worth more than the world to me. I am a Mormon because I know my God. I am a Mormon because I know my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that God speaks today through a living, modern prophet just like He spoke in biblical times. I know the Book of Mormon is actual revelation from God and that anyone who reads it and applies its teachings will come closer to God and grow stronger in their faith in and of Jesus, the Messiah of the world. This same truth exists with the Holy Bible and all the other scripture we have, The Doctrine and Covenants (a collection of written revelations from God through modern prophets), and the Pearl of Great Price (additional scripture revealed in modern times) as well. I know the power to act in the name of God, the Priesthood, is on the earth again as it was in ancient times. All the spiritual gifts experienced and enjoyed in Biblical times, such as the gift of prophecy, revelation, visions, divine healing, speaking in tongues and the interpretation of foreign tongues, exist again today within the faithful membership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints according to the grace of God and are given to further His work and show to those who have faith in Him that He is indeed the same, yesterday, today, and forever. I am a Mormon because this Gospel of Christ, this Truth of God, as it has been restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. and upheld by successive prophets, is the most beautiful way to live in the whole wide world. Nothing brings, or even offers to bring, better things to me or anyone else within all the field of my experience than this, the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, proffered to the world by God through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in this, our day.

How I live my faith

Letting my faith find expression in my daily life is the most important thing I do each day. I believe the power in this religion is demonstrated in its ability to change the lives of those who live it. When I pray in public and in private, alone and with family and friends I feel the love of God powerfully. When I make it a point to frequently search the scriptures to learn the Lord's words I feel Him close with me. When I serve others and get outside of my selfish desires I feel the Savior's smile and know that I'm doing what He wants me to do, what He showed us all how to do. I live my faith by living God's word in all situations, in seeking to be the person God wants me to be in public and in private. I feel that He wants me to be the best that I can be all the time, that He wants me to help other people, that He wants me to stand up and be willing fight, if necessary, for the good and the pure and the true in this world. I live my faith by letting its principles enter every aspect of my life. I do my best to lead by example in all things that I do and to help other people come to taste the happiness the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings into my life. There's nothing quite like seeing someone else come to know God for themselves. I live my faith every day for moments like that.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Justin
Mormons absolutely believe in the doctrine of salvation by grace; however, we believe that we are saved by the grace of God through Christ, the Redeemer, "after all we can do." (See 2 Nephi 25:23) We must expend every effort to be obedient to God by actually doing what Christ teaches. No amount of good works offered to God independent of faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world will or can get anyone to heaven. Similarly, no profession of faith in Christ, no matter how sincere or frequently expressed, will or can get anyone to heaven without obedience to the words of Christ which come from the prophets of God, both ancient and modern. Mormons make sincere efforts to live, in every-day life, the teachings found in the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon and other scriptural sources, along with the counsels of modern prophets, because we believe that through the Atonement of Christ, His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection for us, all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel. (Ordinances include things like Baptism; the laying on of hands, by those who are in authority, for the Gift of the Holy Ghost; and the Temple Sealing where families are bound together for time and eternity.) Perfection in this life is not required, but a sincere heart and willing hands which do the work of God among His children are. Fortunately, every single person on this planet, if they truly desire, can qualify for the full salvation of God. Our Heavenly Father loves us all and is always there for us, in sunshine and in shadow. Show more Show less