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Hi I'm Austin

I am serving a mission and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hobbies/ Interests: snowboarding, paintball, camping, baseball, basketball

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in my faith, but a few years ago I decided that I needed to find out for myself if I really believed what I had been taught all my life. I read in the Book of Mormon (Alma 32:27-34) (Moroni 10:3-5) and decided that I was going to follow their invitation to find out for myself if the Book of Mormon really was true. The passage in Alma lists out an "experiment" that we can use to find out if it is true. If you want to know if the Book of Mormon is true, then you must first have an open heart. Read from it and ponder on its message. Then ask God in prayer believing that he will answer your question and as it promises in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, the Lord will answer your prayers by the power of the Holy Ghost.(James 1:5) (Moroni 10:3-5) The Holy Ghost speaks to us by the feelings in our hearts. Among many, some of the feelings that the Holy Ghost can help us to feel are feelings of peace and joy. (Galatians 5:22) The scriptures testify that this is how we can know for sure that these things are true. I invite all men and women everywhere to read from the Book of Mormon and to follow the experiment found in Alma 32:27-34. I have done it and I have received my answer. Knowing whether or not the Book of Mormon is true is not something that we can gain by what others say. We cannot come to that knowledge by what our friends, family, or church leaders say. Each of these people play a major role in our lives and help us to grow. However, if you truly want to know for yourself, at some point you will have to take it upon yourself to find out. I testify that these things are true. That Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the World. That the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ once again established on the Earth today, and that Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet called of God to restore these truths to the Earth. I invite you to take it upon yourself to find out whether or not these things are true.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving a full time mission for the church. What I have the privilege of doing, is to go out and to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone I meet. I get to show people how they can live with their families even after they die, and that Jesus Christ has provided us a way to not only return to live with him, but also with our loved ones after this life. Knowing these things has brought me so much peace and comfort that I want to share that message with all who will listen. I want them to have the same opportunity to feel that joy. That is why I have chosen to serve a mission.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

It is an essential part of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ himself was baptized by John the Baptist and has told us that in order to return to live with God, we too must be baptized by someone holding the priesthood authority of God. Jesus went to John the Baptist because he was the one who had been given the priesthood authority to baptize. Among many things, the priesthood authority to perform baptisms was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. Baptism is an outward expression of our inner desire to follow Christ. It is a covenant with God. We promise to live as Examples of Jesus Christ, to follow his commandments, and to help one another. In turn, God promises us that as long as we stay true to our promise, we will have the holy ghost to be our constant companion and ultimately be welcomed back into the presence of our Lord. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No one is required to serve a mission. As priesthood holders, one of our duties is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone. We are asked to do this by serving a mission, but it is the personal choice of each individual. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

As the Scriptures teach, we should have Faith in God the father and in His son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

It is true. In John 10:16 Christ refers to visits with "other sheep." The people of the Americas were those other sheep. The account of His visit to them is found in the Book of Mormon (3 Nephi chapters 11&12) Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No. We worship only the Lord and his son Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was a man called of God to restore his church to the earth. We show respect for Joseph Smith and for his sacrifices to help the Lord's church progress, but we do not in any way worship any one except God and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

The Lord Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Contact members, missionaries, or submit you name in at www.mormon.org. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

The Gospel of Jesus Christ. How it has been restored again to the Earth, the blessings that are given when we follow the gospel, and what we need to do to receive the blessings that God has offered us. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Thomas S. Monson Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes. We believe in Jesus Christ and profess Him to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. The official name of the church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is the belief or knowledge that something is true. For example: I have a testimony that Jesus Christ is my savior = I believe or know that Jesus Christ is my savior. Show more Show less