Hi I'm Austin
My parents were converts to the church in their late teens. I´ve been a member all my life. I´m 19 and am currently in Mexico. My main hobby is filming, that´s what I want to major in in college. I was in TV Production for 3 years in High School and thats when I found out how much I love filming.
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised in the church. Most everyone I´ve known is a mormon and I know that when I was younger I had a testimony but I feel I still partially leaned on the testimony of others. But now I´m older and I´ve been able to gain my own testimony of this gospel. I´ve seen the difference it makes in peoples´ lives and it has always been for the better. The changes it has made in my life has always been for the better. I have studied and prayed about the teachings of this gospel and have obtained a testimony of its truthfulness and the blessings we receive from it in our lives. I receive guidance through prayer and the study of the gospel on a daily basis. I can see the blessings that my family and I have received from it. With the gospel I can see the significance and value of each individual person; I know what they can become.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
The Plan of Happiness, the gospel, has given me the ability to look at everything in an eternal perspective. I know where I came from, why I´m here and where I´m going. When I think about how all of us will live eternally, everyone I know and everything I see and do in my life becomes far more significant. Through this plan I have learned what is important in life and what will make us happy. The Plan of Happiness is exactly what it´s called.
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
The Book of Mormon is the word of God through His prophets. It is the will of God written to us through those whom He has chosen to proclaim His gospel to the world. I have read the Book of Mormon every year since I was eight. It has enlightened my understanding of His way. Everytime I read it I learn new things. Then when I read it again my mind is opened up enough to learn even more in-depth things the next time. With the Book of Mormon I have come to a greater understanding of not just what things are the will of God, but also why those things are his will. I have learned of the happiness that can and will come from the gospel of Jesus Christ. With the Book of Mormon I can see and recognize the blessings from God in my life more clearly. The Book of Mormon has brought me closer to God because it´s His word.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
Well first off we need to understand what is a right choice. A right choice is a decision that coincides with the will of God. When we do what is right, God promises us blessings for our obedience. One of them being spiritual strength. Spiritual strength is the ability to better resist the temptations and sins of this world and follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. So when we make one right choice, we receive the strength that we need in order to make more right choices. As long as we keep making right choices we will continue to receive more and more spiritual strength. We can progress throughout our lives in this manner continually in order to become better people each day.
How I live my faith
Well, the way I live my faith is live according to it´s teachings. I read the scriptures, go to church, pray and do service. There are many activities in the church and many opportunities to serve others, this is a big part of our religion. As we help others we are helping ourselves as well in more ways then we probably see.