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Hi I'm Justin

I was raised in rural America. I'm an educator, a physician, and a neuroradiologist. I'm a husband and a father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in rural America attending a small town school from kindergarten until graduation. My father was a firefighter and my mother was a nurse. They were the first in their family to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Growing up Mormon in the Bible Belt was a challenge. Yet, I had memorable experiences of friendship, faith, and family to sustain me. I attended undergraduate school in the West followed by medical training on the East coast. I met a wonderful woman who became my wife and mother of our four children. We relished our time indulging in cultures in the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest. We came to know, love and respect people of varying backgrounds, religious faiths, and ideologies. We have experienced profound friendship and charitable love from innumerable individuals along the way that have molded our character and strengthened our resolve to be more Christlike. As an admirer of the neurosciences, I have been fascinated by the intricacies of the mind, the subtleties of the soul, and the seat of consciousness. In my studies, I have not been mired by cognitive dissonance with regards to religion and science. I find the two intricately interwoven, beautifully paired, moving effortlessly in single motion. It has helped me be a better health care provider, husband and father.

Why I am a Mormon

When I turned 19, I needed to make a choice whether I would continue my schooling or serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Honesty and truth are values I try to espouse. I could not perform the duties of a missionary unless I truly believed the message that would be taught. I had read the Book of Mormon multiple times, attended seminary classes and Sunday services. I had experienced the love and friendship of fellow church members. However, I needed that firm conviction that what was taught, what was believed, what was lived was true. I set out on a personal quest to gain a testimony of the work. Although not immediate, I gained that conviction that the Book of Mormon was of God. I knew its words acted upon with faith brought happiness and joy into my life. I knew that if the Book of Mormon was true, that the individual commanded and authorized by God the Father to translate it must have been endowed with power on high and a prophet. As my testimony of Joseph Smith grew and my study of the Holy Bible and Book of Mormon progressed, my eyes continued to behold the beauty and majesty of the gospel. I came closer to my Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ and their love for me as an individual. I could not only understand it with my mind, but I could feel it with my heart. It was like a harmoniously choreographed dance between mind and spirit. I continue to learn and starve for a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ's life and teachings. I have been blessed beyond comprehension and remain grateful for the effulgent grace He has allotted me.

How I live my faith

Locally, I am president over the Sunday School in my local ward. This allows me the opportunity to work with the instructors who teach classes each Sunday and in meeting throughout the week. I enjoy my calling because it affords me many interactions with individuals who value teaching and desire to understand Christ's method of instruction while in mortality. More importantly, I live my faith by reading from the scriptures daily with my wife and children, praying daily as a family, and sharing gospel principles in daily life and how it can help us make important decisions with regard to friendships, occupation, community, and as citizens of a country.