My name is Justina and I am 16 years old.

I've considered myself a Christian my whole life. I've always gone to Sunday School and church as a Lutheran, and I went through Catechism and got Confirmed. I just always thought that meant I was saved. I remember the first time I took communion...I started crying because I was so overwhelmed with Jesus's love and the fact that he died on the cross-for me! Even now, when I take communion, I can feel Jesus's presence with me.

Near the end of my 8th grade year (I was 14), my best friend invited me to go to her church...a Baptist church. I was feeling really depressed because my 'boyfriend' (if they're called that in 8th grade!) had just broken up with me, and my good-I stress good-friend thought I might kill myself. So I went to youth group and had a great time and met a lot of cool people.

The next year-my freshman year-my friend and I got initiated into the High School youth group and I loved it because the group really made me feel like I was a part of them. I met my first "real" boyfriend at that initiation. I went to youth group every week, but after awhile I started to wonder if I was going for God for my boyfriend, because he was from a different town and church was really the only time I saw him.

Well, my boyfriend and I broke up after 3 or 4 months, but I still found myself wanting to go to church. I was learning so much and I must commend my youth group leaders for that. It was at this church that I learned about the rapture and how important it is for Jesus to be in my life. After the breakup, I started spending a lot more quality "God time" with the friend I was going to church with and I started reading my bible.

In February of 2001, I finally asked God into my life. I felt so much better! I really felt saved. I would never be where I am today without my best friend and all the support and guidance she gave me. She was such a good influence because of her Christian ways and she comes from such a wonderful family. Her house has become my second home, and her mom has become my second mom because she was there through all of my confused times and she just seemed to know everything! I knew I could go to her if I had a question and that was really great to know!

Galations 2:20 states..."I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

This was my Confirmation verse, but yet, it still stands true today. I know that my body's "a temple" and that its not my body-its God's and I'm just borrowing it! This verse helps to remember to take good care of "God's body."

I once asked my dad if he believes in God and he didn't clarify yes or no. I worry about my friends and family that do not believe in God, but there is one very important thing I've learned through all this:

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