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Hi I'm Dustin

I am a student, a husband, a father and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a professional dispatcher. I have worked in all fields of public safety: law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical response. Currently, I work for an air ambulance company. There is a great sense of satisfaction that comes from being able to say, "I helped someone in need today." When I am not working, I spend time with my family. I have 4 very active children. We spend our time working, playing, and traveling together. I love to do a variety of things. My wife and I are both musicians. She plays the violin, viola,cello, bass, piano and sings. I play the piano, organ, guitar, cello, bass, and I sing as well. We both enjoy performing. Lately, I have begun writing and arranging music. I am also a licensed pilot though I don't fly much right now. In 2009, the company I was working for went bankrupt. I was out of a job and, more importantly, we were running out of money. We lost most of our worldly possessions: our house, our car, and some other items. As we have started to rebuild our lives financially, I understand more about things that really matter. We have each other, we have a Heavenly Father who loves us, and how trials can build us up if we allow them to.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church. I have known about Heavenly Father's plan for His children from my youth. At first, I relied on the words of others. My parents taught me that the things I was learning in church and at home were true. It was really until my high school years that I started really trying to find out for myself about the truth of things. My experience is more of a collection of incidents rather than one all-encompassing moment. Through studying the scriptures, listening to what the prophets were saying, and then taking it upon myself to really think about the things I had read and heard and then asking God whether what I was hearing or reading was true. I found out for myself that these things are true.

How I live my faith

Mine has been the unique opportunity to serve mainly in the music departments of the Church. I have served as an organist for several years. I provided the prelude and postlude music for church services as well as accompaniment for hymn singing. I have also served as a choir director and as a choir organist. Being able to praise the Lord through music is a wonderful and, often times, a humbling experience. I try to do the best I can and because of that, I am blessed to play, sing, or otherwise perform better than I am really able to.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Dustin
Just like in Old Testament times, there are certain laws of purification that need to be met before someone is allowed into the temple. A person must spiritually prepare themselves before entering the temple. The ordinances are so spiritual in nature that if we are not spiritually prepared, we wiill not be able to understand them. The ordinances performed in the temple are very sacred, or holy, in nature. Members of the Church regard these ordinances so sacred that they refrain from talking about them outside the temple. In the temple, we perform ordinances that teach us the purpose of life and our relationship with our Heavenly Father. We also seal, or join together spiritually, our families together for all of eternity, not just for this life alone. Once we perform these ordinances for ourselves, we then return to the temple to perform the ordinances for our deceased ancestors. Show more Show less