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Hi I'm Austin

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I'm a pre-med student. I'm a newly wed. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an avid outdoors-man who loves to fish, hike, hunt and camp. I am an amateur photographer who loves to combine that with my love of the outdoors. I am a pre-med student at Utah Valley University. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2002 and have been nearly symptom free for years now. I have four younger sisters and grew up in Spanish Fork, UT. I served a 2 year, full-time mission in Tulsa Oklahoma and the surrounding area. My wife and I recently celebrated our 2 year anniversary.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon, and not just because my grandfather’s great-grandfather was one. Although my parents taught me right from wrong, my testimony has its base in my personal relationship with my Father in Heaven. He loves me and has answered my prayers. I love the words of ancient prophets in both the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon. Their words teach me the Lord's will and His plan of happiness. As a young boy, I read the Book of Mormon and took Moroni's challenge (Moroni 10:3-5) to heart. I fervently prayed to know whether the book was the word of God. As I received my overwhelming answer of approval, I understood the Prophet Joseph Smith was a true servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that the Savior Himself stood at the head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am so grateful for this understanding and find great strength in following the words of the living prophet, President Thomas S Monson. I know we are children of our Heavenly Father, and I know he loves each and every one of us.

How I live my faith

For the past year, my wife and I have looked forward to every Sunday morning as we express the gospel in words a class full of three year old children can relate to. We love seeing their curious eyes light up when they learn about the beautiful world around us as well as other creations of our Heavenly Father.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

For two years, I had the privilege of sharing my testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ and my Father in Heaven with those who lived in Tulsa Oklahoma and the surrounding area. I repeatedly saw the hand of the Lord as I was led to those in need of a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on, or a listening ear. Our Heavenly Father may use us as instruments to answer the prayers of those around us; however, we must be willing to act as the Spirit directs. Those two years were a sturdy foundation for my life as I transitioned from teenager to man. I learned to seek the Lord in prayer, listen to the Holy Ghost, and above all, to love my neighbor. Show more Show less