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Hi I'm Austin

I am studying stem cell biology. I was born and raised in Texas. I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently attending graduate school to further my understanding of stem cell biology. I love the outdoors and am an avid sports fan. I also am a health enthusiast. I love to read and really enjoy talking to other people.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. But that is not to say that I never had my doubts. I think any analytical mind will eventually begin to wonder why they do the things they have been taught to do. So I began to wonder about all that my parents and church leaders had taught me. Was this the church of God organized to bring me back to His presence? I was certain that God, as orderly as He would have to be to create this world, would have a set path for His children to follow. One that they could follow without reserve or worry of there being another one. Such confusion would be unbecoming of such order and perfection and love. So was this the truth where I wanted to place my life's effort and work, that would eventually help me to reach heaven? I had been taught to pray, to ask and that, if done in sincerity, God would answer even my prayers. All of these thoughts seemed to come to me all at once one day while reading and pondering in the Book of Mormon. I wanted to know for myself. I did not want to lean on the words of my parents. They loved me, I knew that, but this did not mean that they could not be wrong. Or at least confused. It is much like the idea of learning a new subject material in school, you have to put in the effort yourself in order to truly know. So I decided to pray and ask God myself, and I decided that I would not stop until I received an answer. So I knelt down and began to explain myself to God. I do not know how long I prayed, probably only a couple of hours at most, but my supplication was sincere. I felt in my heart the peace that only God can bring to a lost, confused, or dubious heart. All my apprehensions vanished as God testified to me that what I had been taught from infancy was true, was His truth. There are few things that are more convincing and influential than the influence of God's Spirit on the heart or spirit of man or woman. But don't just take my word for it, try it out yourself.

How I live my faith

In the Church we are given opportunities to serve those of our congregation and those of our communities. These are called "callings." My current calling, or responsibility is as a Family History Name Extractor Co-Chair. In this position, I am able to help people of my congregation and surrounding community learn about and participate in the great work of digitizing billions of family history records stored in the Church's vaults in Salt Lake City.I work with another member of my congregation to train others how to accurately and efficiently complete this transcription, plan activities to inform and help others get involved, and organize the efforts of our committee members. When I was given this responsibility, I had a little experience with indexing, and so had plenty to learn. As with any "calling" in the Church, I was provided with access to ample training materials and leadership who have been involved and well trained. In addition to this responsibility, I have other opportunities to serve. Following Christ's directive, the Church is organized in such a way that each family or individual is visited at least monthly by a pair of brethren so as to help them be nurtured "by the good word of God." All men in the church with the proper authority are given such assignments. The women of the Church, also organized into pairs, visit each adult sister of the Church at least once a month. In these visits we bring a messaged given by the Prophet that month and tailor it to the specific needs and interests of the family/individual. We are also to check on their temporal needs and be available for any service they may need, be it temporal, spiritual, emotional, or social. As this explains only part of what I consider "living my faith," I still am extremely grateful for these opportunities to serve and to grow. There is so much more that I do my best to do.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the Mormon Church is amazing! It is liberating and gives vitality to my life! The guidance we receive from the Prophet is direct and clear, untainted by the whim of man, who history shows to be ever-changing and consistently off the mark. As a member I am do my best to live specific commandments with the understanding that God knows much better than I do about what brings true and lasting joy, peace and satisfaction. I do live a different life from the perceivable "norm," but I find that this difference, while not always "popular," makes my life better and more fulfilling. By living the Gospel, God is helping me to become the best that I can become. It is not easy in the sense of requiring little or no effort, but it is more than worth it. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Born in 1805 in Sheron, Vermont, Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet of God. This call came at the early age of 14 and he served unfailingly until his martyrdom at age 38. He joined a line of prophets that God called to teach His gospel that spans all the way back to Adam, this first man on earth. As such, he received and used all the same power and authority that all the previous prophets had used, just like Moses or Noah. When Joseph was born, no such prophet was on the earth, and so it was through him that God organized His church on earth once again. It is for this that the ministry of the Prophet Joseph Smith is so revered the world over. Show more Show less