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Hi I'm Austin

I'm a drummer, pianist, longboarder, and I love Rock and Roll. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Let's see, I really like to just be outside! Longboarding is one of the greatest things to do. Basically it's a big skateboard that you use to surf on asphalt. I love writing, reading, photography, and writing/composing/performing music. *I've been playing the piano for almost 17 years, and drums for about 6* I love being able to go to college, and gain even deeper knowledge. I do love Rock! Can't go wrong with some awesome guitar solos. But anyway, I don't know what else to say, so I won't!

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I grew up in the Church. But that doesn't really mean I was converted. I just went through the motions I guess you could say. But, to be honest, it took a lot of soul searching to find out why I was here on this Earth. And the reason I'm Mormon, is because of the answers that I've received through prayer, in knowing that following Jesus Christ's Gospel is how we find true happiness on this Earth, not mere fleeting pleasure, and how we can gain everlasting happiness.

How I live my faith

I strive my best to live by example. I try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and show that I care about my standards. We all fall short, and make mistakes, but God knows us each personally, and that helps me strive to be better every single day. Serving either in the mission field, or as a home teacher; brings great joy because I love to help those people, whos arms hang hopelessly down. Giving people hope of a better life, is what I'm all about!

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. The Bible teaches all of us about Jesus Christ, and His ministry; and without that, who knows where we'd be! It was written by prophets, men who were called of God to preach the Gospel. The ancient records that create the compilation of the Bible are sacred and give us all a greater understanding of God's dealings with people in the old times, Jesus Christ and His ministry, and the ministry of his ordained Apostles, which help us understand the Gospel, and return to the presence of our Father in Heaven someday. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

You've probably heard the word, "congregation" before in relation to the group of people that attend church. That's what it is, a ward is simply a congregation of people that live within a certain geographical area. Depending on where you are, a congregation, or "ward", can range from 200 people, to almost 600!  Now when you hear the word "stake", you probably think of either steak on a plate, or tent stakes that hold up..well..a tent! A stake is a group of wards inside a certain geographical area. A stake can have a few wards, or many. The word "stake" is a representation of the "stakes" that held up the tabernacle in the wilderness in the times of Moses. So we need, stakes, to hold up the church! Make sense? I hope so. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is an ancient record of the people who lived on the American continent at the same time that the Bible was being written. It talks about their dealings with each other, and also their dealings with Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus Christ visited the "other sheep" which he spoke of in The Holy Land. That He did visit the Americas after his resurrection and that He established His church so that all of the children of men could be blessed by the Gospel. It is Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

 Well, because we are all striving to follow Jesus Christ and his example, we should be baptized. Jesus Christ Himself was baptized, although he was sinless, he followed the commandments of our Father in Heaven to the most exact point. When you are baptized by proper Priesthood authority, the sins that you had are washed away, a clean slate for your life from that time forward. We baptize our new members so that they can follow Jesus Christ,keep the commandments of our Father in Heaven, be cleansed of their sins, and eventually inherit the blessing of living in heaven with God, and our families forever. It's an important ordinance. It is an outward expression of our inner commitment to follow Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The Priesthood is the Authority of God on the earth, given to men. Worthy males who hold the Priesthood can perform saving ordinances such as baptism, heal the sick, and lead congregations of people. Similar to Moses, we have a prophet on the Earth today with all the rights of the Priesthood, who then, by the laying on of hands, bestows those rights upon the Twelve Apostles. They then confer the Priesthood to others around the world, who confer that same Priesthood down all the way to worthy males ages 12 and up. So, the Priesthood is the authority to act in God's name. Show more Show less