My name is Justin Mikesell, but most of my friends and family call me Jay. I wanted to introduce myself, tell you about some of my interests and share why I am serving a mission for my church. I am 20 years old, and I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. I am the oldest of five kids and have three brothers and a sister.

This family picture was taken on April 1, 2013, the day I was set-apart as a missionary. Left is my sister Kayla (13), me, my dad Sean, my step-mom Kelly, my brothers Alec (17), Chase (16) and Brandon (11). 
My mom, Barbara.
I graduated from Cheyenne High School in 2010. While I was in high school, I was on the swim team, golf team and soccer team. I started running half marathons when I was 16 years old. Since then, I've ran several half marathons in Las Vegas and Utah, the St. George Marathon in St. George, Utah and a couple Ragnar Relay's. I've always been blessed with great friends, and love to hang out with them. Many of them have served missions or currently are serving and have been great examples to me.

My favorite things to do right now are bouldering, cycling, working out, and downhill mountain biking. My interests change periodically because I have a short attention span, and I get bored of things after a while. I like to be outdoors, and I like sports and physical activities. I've played most sports and some of my favorites are dirt biking, skating, skydiving, skiing, snowboarding and surfing. I had the opportunity to be a ski instructor at the Eagle Point Ski Resort in Utah winter of 2012. I do enjoy reading, and I listen to a lot of music as well. My favorite bands are Crown the Empire, Brand New, Sleeping With Sirens and Macklemore.


I have been called to serve in the China Hong Kong Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I will be speaking the Cantonese language and report to the MTC on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. The reason I'm serving a mission is to bring the gift of the gospel to those around me, to share the good news of eternal life and happiness through sacred covenants made in the temple, to strengthen other testimonies, as well as my own, and to become a better person through and in Christ. I'm thankful for the opportunity to serve in such a diverse and unique environment, and I'm ready and willing to work to the best of my ability and even eat sea food!

Elder Justin Scott Mikesell
China Hong Kong Mission
Cantonese Speaking


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