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Hi I'm Austin

I'm cliche, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Boston, but raised in Utah. I'm the second child out of four, and have two wonderful parents that did their best to teach me the most important things in life. I have aspirations to do great things with music someday. I love to write and perform for small crowds (cuz it seems that's all I can get!). Music is probably the #1 thing that consumed my time before I left on a full-time mission for the church. One of my dreams is to be at a Third Eye Blind concert and Stephen Jenkins will toss me the microphone and let me scream the chorus to "Wounded." I love the outdoors, and now that I'm living in South Carolina, I realize just how much I miss the mountains back home in Utah! I consider myself to be athletic. I run, swim, and bike. I'm trying to make something out of myself in this life, but haven't figured it out quite yet. I have many hobbies, many interests and fascinations, but have yet to pick one of them to make a career out of. Who knows...maybe there's a spot for me on the radio one day. 8]

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in the message of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. His Church has literally been re-established on the earth again. I know this because our Heavenly Father, in his mercy, chose to answer my humble prayers. Growing up, I never had a very strong belief in this church. Like many that grow up in the church, I lived most of my life leaning on the faith of my mom and dad. I eventually was backed up to a wall, in a sense, and had to make a decision. I needed to know for myself if what I had grown up learning was true. I did a lot of searching. I believed the promise in the Bible that states "Ask, and ye shall receive. Knock, and it shall be opened unto you." I chose to test this church by reading the keystone of it's faith---The Book of Mormon. After months of reading, and many prayers for answers, something hit me like bolt from the blue. I realized soon after that what I had just felt was the Holy Ghost. I had had many questions buzzing around my head for months, and frankly, they were very troubling to me. At that moment, all my questions had answers. My doubt was carried away, and my soul was given solemn assurance that God was there, and that the Book of Mormon is indeed more of God's word. I'm so grateful that I don't have to guess anymore about the greatest questions of life. I've gained a witness from my Father in heaven that this is HIS way, and nothing else has ever made more sense.

How I live my faith

I'm serving a full-time mission in good ol' South Cackalacky! That's right y'all! South Carolina is bees knees. I've learned a lot about who I am, and about my relationship to Christ and Heavenly Father. I love teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. I do my best to show kindness to all those around. Each morning I study the scriptures to try to find ways to live a more Christ-like life. It took me till around age 19 to finally realize truly what a gift repentance is. I know that the only reason I have the ability to change who I am is because of the enabling power of the Lord's grace. His Atonement gave us all a way to align ourselves with his will if we will repent. I live my faith by loving the Savior and striving to do all that He has taught.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Austin
To believe that God is a loving, and a just God, we must also believe that he would give everyone in this life the opportunity to hear of his gospel, and be baptized by someone holding His Priesthood authority. However, there have been many people all over the world, and througout time, who have never even HEARD of Jesus Christ, his gospel, ordinances such as baptism, or priesthood authority. To believe that God would not give these souls the same opportunity to have these blessings as you and I, would be to believe that God is not just, and does not love all of his children equally. I know that God is our loving Heavenly Father and as the scripture D&C 1810 states, "The worth of souls is great in the sight of God." ALL souls, that is. We have the opportunity, as members of Christ's Church, to offer the blessings of the gospel to all who have ever lived on this earth. Those who we perform this work for will have the choice to accept or decline it in the next life. Show more Show less