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Hi I'm Austen

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I'm a college student currently living in Shanghai, China. I believe that life should be an adventure, and that there are limitless opportunities to change the world for the better, however for either of those things to come to fruition we have to seek out opportunities that will make that possible. If we don't seek those opportunities out and strive to be the best we can, we can succumb to our fears and live mediocre lives far below our potentials. Mediocrity is my greatest fear and my sworn enemy. I'm an avid soccer fan, I love music, I love entrepreneurship, and I enjoy traveling and getting to know people from all over the world. There are so many interesting people with fascinating stories in so many different places. I helped start a now successful company and left as it was ramping up to serve a mission in Donetsk, Ukraine. I now work as an internet marketer which gives me the freedom to chase my dreams wherever they may be and support myself while doing so.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because the teachings of the Mormon church have enabled me to live a greater life than what I would have thought was possible, and have showed me how to trust in God and receive joy from doing so. Living the teachings of the Church have made me an extremely happy person who knows who he is and what he needs to do to continue to love life.

How I live my faith

The most important ways I live my faith are not the most visible to those around me. To most people the most noticeable aspects of my faith may be that I don't drink alcohol, smoke, or have premarital sex. But the foundations of my faith run much deeper than those outward expressions of abstinence and direct every facet of my life. I realize that my life is not my own -- that everything I possess I have been given, and that I will be eternally indebted to my Heavenly Father. My time, talents, possessions, and my life as a whole are to be worn out in the service of my fellow men. And I also trust God that he will guide me to where I need to be when I need to be there in order to be of the most service. At times this service comes through various leadership positions within the Church in which I am given stewardship and responsibility for the welfare of others. At other times it is simply lifting up the hands that hang down and steadying the feeble knees of those around me. We all have times when we need a friend, when we need advice, when we need support, etc. I strive to live in such a way that I am there for others when they are in need just as others have been there for me. Those are the most fulfilling moments in my life, when a simple act of kindness can make someone else's day a little brighter.

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

Austen
Yes. I believe that God loves us and that we need a prophet today just as much as the children of Israel needed a prophet during the times of Moses. Mankind is always in need of continuing revelation, and God will never cease to give it as long as we are willing to listen to it. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Austen
The Mormon lifestyle is different for each Mormon, however there are common themes that run similar no matter who the person is or where they live. The 13th "Article of Faith" describes this lifestyle perfectly, "If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." The converse is also true. Anything harmful, evil, and ugly is avoided. In my international travels some of the most visible things are the things Mormons abstain from. We don't drink alcohol, we don't use tobacco, and we don't have premarital sex. But I don't consider those things the most important per se. Even more important is our striving to constantly, do good, to uplift, and to be exactly who our Heavenly Father wants us to be. The principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, when lived correctly, help us not only avoid the pitfalls that befall so many people, but strive to live on what I call the "higher plane" of life to live a life that is full of beauty and joy and growth. It's a difficult life to live at face value, but there is simply no other way that is worth living. In short, the Mormon lifestyle is a striving for perfection. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Austen
Women and men have separate but equally important roles in the eternal plan of the Creator. Women are primarily responsible for the rearing of children. Women have this gift and responsibility inherently, and do not need to have anything it given to them to exercise their responsibility in this role. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Show more Show less