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Hi I'm Austen Snow

I was born with autism, I volunteered in Guatemala as a humanitarian, I'm a BYU student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born with high-functioning autism and that of course is known to limit social abilities and talking with people, but I don't let it stop me because I rely on my Heavenly Father's help and my own faith in Him to help me make friends. I know that by relying on the Spirit, I can not only make friends but serve as a good example to them as well. I made many friends in my junior high and high school years because I took the time to be nice to them by saying a kind "hello, how are you doing?" to them. Despite having autism, that faith in my Heavenly Father helped me witness many great miracles in my life. I was able to learn speaking and writing skills and give speeches to help inspire other people and I was able to go on a mission doing family history work at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The mission allowed me to develop Christlike compassion to become a youth counselor for BYU in the summer of 2010 and in 2012, the Christlike compassion I had touched the lives of many youth and younger children in Guatemala when I went on a humanitarian trip to that nation. I discovered for myself that I was able to friends with people from many nations from Chile to China because I took the time to be compassionate to them instead of judging them. By being compassionate to others, it's much easier obeying the other commandments and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church for all of my life, just like many people in Utah. My father served as a missionary in Kaohsiung, Taiwan,so he was born and raised in the Church. My mother embraced the gospel when she was 17 years old in 1976 when the LDS missionaries taught her and my maternal grandparents and aunts and uncles the true gospel in Garland, Texas, a town near Dallas. In my mom's generation, some of my relatives are first-generation LDS converts. I chose to embrace the gospel because of the peace it brought into my life and being a member has blessed me so much with great friends who have loved and cared for me for many years and I still have many friendships with them this day, and when I studied and understood the doctrines of the gospel, I felt a greater understanding of my Heavenly Father's love for me. Being a member gave me the social skills that I needed so that I can make a difference in the lives of others.

How I live my faith

I study the scriptures and the words of living prophets and as a BYU student, I apply my background knowledge and it really helped me a whole lot to truly understand what the scriptures really mean to me. I also think about my temple covenants every time I go to the temple and I tell myself that those are the covenants I need to make. I also just continue having Christlike humility and showing it towards others, which allows me to live the commandments of God to the fullest.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Austen Snow
The law of chastity teaches that the physical body given to all of God's children is God's sacred creation and must be treated with respect, without physical bodies, we couldn't progress and grow personally. That's why members of the Church emphasize modesty all clothes should cover up most of the body and all members cannot wear anything revealing like spaghetti strap clothes and short skirts above the knee, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol or taking drugs, no tattoos or body piercings, and for the women, they can wear one peice of modest earrings but no extra earrings. By simply treating our physical bodies with respect, we can receive continued guidance from our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ through the Holy Ghost, and we receive greater blessings and guidance about how to improve ourselves in our lives so that we can become better people. By demonstrating modesty, we demonstrate an attitude of humility and shows that we respect our bodies as precious gifts from God. Show more Show less