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Hi I'm Austin

I was born in Thailand, Grew up in the Mountains of Utah, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

My name is Austin, i am 20 years old and currently serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Australia. I am loving every minute of it. I was born in Bangkok, Thailand and later moved back to Utah where my Father was born and raised. As a kid i grew up skiing, hiking, climbing, biking you name it in the outdoors. I couldn't stand being inside and couldn't stand keeping my shoes on. As i grew up i followed my passion of skiing and instead of it becoming a past-time it back my lifestyle in high school. Another passion that i have seem to acquired from my parents is the desire to travel. Since i was born i have had a passport and that has not stopped since. Traveling in Thailand, India, France, Australia wherever it is i am amazed and fascinated at the vast history of this planet. So many cultures and traditions that are incredibly diverse wherever you go. It is a passion that i hope i will be able to pursue for the rest of my life . After i return home from Australia i plan on going to University to pursue my Education.

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up in the church my entire life, my mother is a convert to the church and my father was raised in the church. Ever since i was young i have participated in the activites and organization of the church. Although when i became older i didn't what was in my future or what course i would pursue in my life. As i began to understand what it really meant to be a member of this church it started to become a cross-roads. I needed to figure out where i wanted to steer the rest of the my life. One day while traveling with my father, he asked me a question that i will never forget. He wanted to know what i wanted to do with my life? Well that was an easy answer i told him that i wanted to spend the rest of my life skiing in the mountains. He asked me to think deeper and i said i didn't need to. I had it already figured out, i was going to be a skier and whether or not i had to live in a van for the rest of my life it was alright by me. He told me that i didn't understand he talked about his time growing up and how much he loved to do the same thing, and i told him that he didn't understand my passions or my desire to spend the rest of my life skiing. As i reflected on the question that he asked and on the descisions i was making at the time, i wondered what my purpose was in this life, what was i to do while here on this earth to make the most positive impact. What could i do to find real happiness and peace. I began to realize that i didn't know what i wanted i didn't know how to obtain the peace that i wanted and i didn't know where i could find it. Until i realized that my entire growing up period was spent learning about Jesus Christ. Who was he and why was he so important. He was someone that i had definelty learned about but how come we talk about him so much, why is our church named after him. I began to do some investigating. Why am i here on earth? and How do i find out? I decided that i needed answers from God and from men that God had chosen as his servants. I asked for a special blessing and for help from leaders in the church. It was at this time of searching and pondering that i began to realize that i was a Mormon because i believed in Jesus Christ. Because he died for us and more importantly he was resurrected for us. I realized that my main purpose in life was to follow Jesus Christ and to seek after him and do anything i could to come closer to him. That is what i have done and that is what i am trying to help others do, is come unto our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As i have spent a lot of time in Australia i have come to realize that i didn't understand what my father was trying to tell me, and that there was so much more to life that skiing. But now i know that God lives and that he sent his Son Jesus Christ to die for us so that we could overcome death and return to live with him. I am grateful for his sacrifice, and i still much to learn but i know that through following Jesus Christ he will never lead us astray. He is the way, the truth, and the light and it is through Him and only Him that we can return to live with God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith right now by serving as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have been serving in Melbourne Australia for the last 12 months and i will serve for another 12. It has been a fantastic expereince learning the culture and traditions of different people. The Australian people are amazing and i have loved living in this beautiful country. Before i came to Australia i went on a humanitarin mission to India. My parents instilled in me a love for a travel at a young age but with that also a love for serving others. As a student i was able to volunteer with a group the helped children receive reconstructive surgery for children with birth defects. I have also been able to travel to Thailand and help donate medical supplies to clinics on the border between Thailand & Burma. It was these experiences that have helped me to realize that our faith in Jesus Christ is dead without a desire to feed the hungry, cloth the naked, and administer to the sick. It is on these principles that i want to show my faith in the Savior Jesus Christ.

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes, Of course we are Christians, we believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and our Savior. If you remove the last 4 letters you get the root word "Christ". It is Him that we follow and it is His church that we belong to. There is nothing more we would like to be know for than as Christians and followers of Jesus Christ. We love Him and we follow Him because he is at the head of our Church. Show more Show less