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Hi I'm Austin Dressman

I'm originally from Cincinnati, OH. I love reading newspapers. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love running, especially in the morning. I am married to the most amazing woman. I have two younger sisters who know I will switch into big brother mode if any boys enter the picture. My mom and dad are amazing friends and mentors. I absolutely love photos and movies. There is something about the still and moving image that slows down the beauty of this life we live. I studied in film school for a few years but soon realized that my real passion was in helping people. I just graduated from college with a degree in communications-public relations and hope to get a job where I can help others in some way, full time. I have been blessed with many wonderful people and opportunities in my life and I want to give back to the world in any way I can. I am continually inspired by the example of love Jesus Christ provided for us.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Catholic church. My family has always been the center of my life. Our home was always a home of love, respect, and laughter. I am so grateful to have grown up believing that God was there and He was always looking to guide and strengthen us. When I was in university, I stopped going to church. I started to lose trust in organized religion. I just didn't feel anything when I went on Sunday. I still kept an open mind and made a plan to visit other churches to see if I could find that connection somewhere else. Throughout this time, I continued to pray to God, asking for guidance. I knew He was there. I could see God in all of the beauty of the world we live in, the love I felt when I was with my family. But I was creating a God of my own design. I knew the truth was out there, I just didn't know where to find it. After a few years of university, I felt this subtle curiousity about the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I had a friend who was a member and I always felt like he was so grounded, so sure of his faith. I began investigating but soon life got in the way and I put it off for a time. Over the next 6 months, I had so many experiences in which Heavenly Father was guiding me to the truth. Finally, one week before Christmas 2009, I found myself thinking every day about how I needed to go to church. Presents were passed around at all the Christmas parties, food was in abundance, and thick snow blanketed the ground. But all I could think about was going to the LDS church. I finally made a plan to go on the following sunday. I showed up, unsure of why I was even there. When I walked in, I felt like I was home. I sat down and a few members went up to bear their testimonies and I felt the Spirit touch my heart. Eventually, I was given a Book of Mormon. As I took it home and read through the pages, I felt so much joy and peace in my heart. I knew it was the word of God. I met with the missionaries and expressed my desire to be baptized.

How I live my faith

I just got home from serving a 2 year mission for the church in south London, England (England London South Mission). I loved being a missionary. I choose to go on a mission because I know this message can change the world. It's given me stability in a world of constantly changing values. I know that through Jesus Christ, every one of us can reach the potential God sees in us. I am filled with love and peace in knowing that our Father in Heaven has a plan of happiness for each and every one of us.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Austin Dressman
This is one of my favorite parts of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. God has told us he is the same throughout all of time. He doesn't change from one side to the other. Throughout all of history, God has called prophets on the earth to direct His Church (Amos 3:7). Although we as human beings have accepted and eventually rejected many of these prophets, Heavenly Father loves us so much that he never gives up on us. He called a prophet once again in 1820 - Joseph Smith. Since then, there has been a continual line of prophets in a world that needs guidance and direction. Thomas S. Monson is the current prophet of God. Anyone can say they are a prophet. In fact, there are many false prophets in our days. But the best part about all of this is that we can pray to know if the words of the prophets and apostles (both past and present) are true, just as we can ask anything in prayer. I know through prayer and study that this principle is true. I know that God truly speaks through prophets in our day, just as He has in the past. The world needs this divine guidance. Show more Show less