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Hi I'm Justin

I am from Colorado. I love sports, mountain biking, and being with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Utah but have lived in Colorado my whole life. I have grown up riding my bike in the mountains during the summer, and a snowmobile during the winter. I also love to go boating during the summer. I can ride a wakeboard, surf, and ski but the best thing of all is the Air Chair. In high school I played football, ran track, and was involved in just about every club offered. I spent two years as a missionary serving the people of Fiji. It was one of the best experiences of my life. When i come back home I started school at Brigham Young University - Idaho where I met my wife Kayla. We are both in school now; she is working through the nursing program and I am working towards a degree in biochemistry with the hopes to apply to medical school soon!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS Church. When I was younger, I went to church because it was what my parents wanted me to do. Growing up as a member gave me the opportunity on several occasions to witness the power of God in blessing my family and and my personal life. As I grew older, I began to realize that I was living off of my parents faith. I started questioning myself as to why I went to church and if it was something that I truly believed in myself. Up to at point, I had studied from the Book of Mormon on a weekly basis but had not actually read it cover to cover. At the end of the Book of Mormon the prophet Moroni gives us a promise that if we will read the words of God and then pray in faith, asking God if it is true, the Holy Spirit will testify of the truth of all things. I decided I had to read the Book of Mormon and pray. As I read and prayed to know the truth there was no denying the feelings of the spirit. Since then I have felt that same feeling every time I read. I am Mormon because I Know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called of God to restore his church again upon the Earth. The Book of Mormon is true. I am grateful for the knowledge I have of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so blessed everyday as I strive to follow his teachings.

How I live my faith

I think that the best way to express my faith is by constantly trying to live the way Jesus Christ lived. He is the best example we have to follow. I try to look for opportunities throughout my day to serve those around me. When I see classmates struggling with a particular assignment I do my best to explain things to them. I try to serve my wife at home by helping around the house, doing dishes, laundry, cooking, other chores. Most importantly, I live my faith by always striving to be better than I was yesterday. No matter how hard I try to be like Christ I always fall short. I am grateful for the sacrifice he made for me so that I can always be forgiven and try again tomorrow.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Justin
I believe that it is through the grace of God and his son, Jesus Christ, that I will be saved. There is nothing that I could ever do in this life that would allow me to "earn" God's grace. It is a free gift that he gives freely to all of his children. He loves each and every one of us, that is why he sent his son, his only begotten son, to come and suffer for our sins. In the Book of Mormon we are taught that 'it is by grace we are saved after all we can do' (2 Nephi 25:23). What this means to me is that after everything I do, after all of my striving to be a better person, I still won't be 'good enough' to save myself. I NEED the the grace of God. But that doesn't mean that my works aren't important. You see we don't believe we need to have good works to be saved, that is what God's grace and mercy are for. Our works are how we show our appreciation for that grace. When Christ came to earth he suffered for MY sins. I do not want to make that suffering any worse than it needs to be. I want to be better for him. We also recognize that because of Christ's sacrifice we have the opportunity to change and become better. If we are persistent in our efforts we even have the ability to become like Christ, not in this life of course, but in the next. God's love for us is so great that he doesn't just want to save us, he wants to perfect us, but we have to be willing to try. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Justin
The Book of Mormon is the word of God, just like the Bible. In fact, it is very much like Bible. You see in the Bible we have the old and the new testaments. In the old testament we can read the words of prophets like Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, and Noah. These men were all called by God to teach the people the will of the Lord. They were his spokesmen on the earth. In the new testament we have the actual ministry of Jesus Christ. While the Book of Mormon is not divided into two parts it follows the same pattern. In the first half we read the words of prophets like Lehi, Nephi, and Alma. In the second half we have the words of Jesus Christ as he came to minister to the people in the Americas (this was after his death and resurrection). So you see the Book of Mormon and the Bible actually go hand in hand. They both are witnesses of each other. Show more Show less