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Hi I'm Austin

I grew up in Austin, Texas. I'm the oldest of 5 siblings. I enjoy producing videos. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an avid video gamer and video producer. I make videos for friends, family, and even for part of my business that I have. I have 4 siblings, all of whom are younger than I am. I was in marching band for all four years and grew to be a leader in the band when we took our first trip to the State Marching Finals.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of the strength that the gospel brings to my life. Starting my sophmore year, my parents started having problems which eventually led to them getting divorced. This crushed my spirits as well as my siblings'. For about a year and a half, I had what I call the "why me?" complex. I couldn't understand why the Lord would allow my family, which is so dear to me, to fall apart all of a sudden. I felt alone and isolated from the world, despite the many efforts of my friends to help and support me. Everything seemed to be falling apart around me. But the Lord knew how to help me. When I was at a high adventure, we had a campfire testimony meeting. Despite my insistence on not sharing anything during the meeting and my determination to not let the Lord help me, I was overcome with a feeling that the Lord loved me and wanted to help me. It was so much to handle that I had to take a moment alone by the lake and thank my Heavenly Father for not giving up on me. The Lord had shown me what I had been missing, but now it was my turn to start aligning my life with His will. Over time, the Lord introduced people into my life to help me. He helped me gain confidence in myself and in His wisdom. Despite the family problems that still plague my life, I am a happier, stronger, and better person than I could have ever seen myself becoming. I testify that as you turn your life over to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that He will help you do more with your life than you could have ever thought was possible. He will support you through whatever trials you go through and make your burdens easier to bear. There is no trial too big, or too small that the Lord cannot heal them and help you to overcome them. I'm grateful every day to have had the Lord's hand in my life, and hope that many more will come to know of His goodness and love that He has for the world. I testify that these things are true, and do so in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by participating in church and in the many organizational structures therein. I have been in the presidency of many of the youth groups my age. I have been a teacher to members of our congregation and have strived to bring the blessings of the gospel to those who have stood in need. I am currently on a mission in Vitoria, Brazil teaching the people here about the gospel. I am excited to be able to share the message that has brought so much joy and happiness into my life! What a wonderful blessing it is to have been allowed to fulfill this obligation to spread the happiness that is found within Christ's message of hope and love! I hope that I will be able to help people who stand in situations similar to my experiences, and help them know of the blessings that they can receive through coming unto Christ.

Are Mormons Christians?

I have had many friends tell me that Mormons are not Christians. I answer this question with another question: what then, is a defined as a Christian? To me, a Christian is a person who believes in Jesus Christ and is willing to follow the example he has set forth before us. Many people say they believe in Christ, yet their actions are consitently contrary to the teachings of the Lord they claim to believe in. Christ set forth a perfect example for us to follow, and with His life, he exemplified a higher path of living, one that many people in the world today are not willing to follow. His way may seem difficult to those who look at it from the outside. Showing mercy unto those who despise you, abstaining from addictive substances, remembering the Savior at all times, and even paying tithing are things which may seem near impossible when you look at it that way. But what they don't know is that the Lord provides a way to accomplish everything He commands us to do. A Christian is one who believes in the atonement of Jesus Christ and in the saving power thereof. I can honestly say that I do my very best to follow Christ's example, and in so doing, consider myself, along with many other Mormons, to indeed be Christians. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No member of the church is ever required to go serve a mission. We have indeed received a commandment that every able bodied man should serve a mission. Not everyone is physically or mentally able to serve with the kind of intensity that a mission requires. Other people are not spiritually prepared to take the leap of faith required to serve the Lord for two years away from family and friends. I know that I am choosing to serve a mission to be able to spread the happiness that has been brought to my life because of this church. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Though my family is divided on Earth, if we are faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord, I have a testimony that my family will forever be together, both my current family and my future family. I cannot imagine how life in the eternities could be heaven without my family surrounding me. God has sealed my family to each other for all time and eternity, and I am grateful to have such an amazing family to be able to spend time with forever. Show more Show less