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Hi I'm Austin

I'm a student and am majoring in Business Administration. My friends call me a lovable dork. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello! I'm a Business Administration college student in Utah, and am currently in my third year. What I love most about business is marketing, and I will likely change my major when I return from a proselyting mission in Chile. I just received my call to serve a proselyting mission for the Church in September, and I am super excited! When it comes to interests, I suppose that people would be at the top. I just love people! In my past few years at college, this interest and love of people has just skyrocketed. I enjoy hearing peoples' stories, serving others, giving someone a reason to smile, really anything that has to do with building positive relationships. I believe that this is a reason I love to learn and implement the principles of marketing. I am an Eagle Scout and I come from a family of four. I have a mother, a father, and an older brother who returned honorably from serving a proselyting mission in Mexico City. My father was in the Jag Corps(Army) when I was young, and so we moved around a bit. When he was honorably discharged from the Army, we still moved around quite a bit due to opportunities in my dad's work, better weather, etc. I have lived at my college for longer than I have lived anywhere else in the past ten years. I LOVE to write! I mostly love to write symbolic fantasy, so basically parables and allegories. I also enjoy writing just about anything though, whether it be essays on frogs or poems about my faith. Also: hiking, sports, pets.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have seen the power and love of God in my life, in various circumstances. I struggled with addiction for little while and the Church helped me to get through it. That, combined with the confirmation I constantly receive from the Holy Ghost, is a very large part of why I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am also a member of the Church because I can see God in its organization and in the valiance of its many of its members and leaders. The loving service that is given to the world by our prophet and apostles seems to me to be unrivaled by the vast majority of the Christian World. I have a testimony of the reality of Jesus Christ's divinity, and of His love for us, and that He took upon Himself all of our sins, and that He ultimately died for us, that we might live both physically and spiritually. I have a testimony of Joseph Smith and that he was a true prophet who restored the true Gospel, as taught by Adam, Noah, Moses, Abraham, Jesus Christ, and the other prophets. I have a testimony that the Church is truly an organization empowered by God to spread this Gospel to all the ends of the earth, and to assist God in "bringing to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39) Lastly, I would like to emphasize my testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that He loves me, and that He suffered and died for me that I may someday live with Him again. He is my Savior, my Redeemer; I will always love him and keep him in my heart. I bear to you these things in His name. Amen.

How I live my faith

I strive daily to live my faith in my community by watching for, and acting on, opportunities to help others. Whether it be smiling at passerby, holding the door open for whoever is behind me, or giving someone directions to Wal-Mart, I do not consider a day to be productive unless I have done something to uplift someone's day. In my ward, or congregation, of the Church I have two callings, or volunteer positions which I have been asked to fill: Home Teacher and Ward Missionary. Home teaching involves (usually)two members of the church visiting other members of my ward at once monthly to see if their needs are being met and to serve them if they are in need. A responsibility of home teaching also involves the home teachers relating a monthly message from the First Presidency of the Church, and to hopefully relate the message in such a way that help's with the members' concerns or needs. As a Ward Missionary I, with a companion, visit members of my ward who have been been regularly attending Sunday meetings or weekly church activities. Our goal is to see if we can serve those members, and to let them know that they are missed and are always welcome to go to meetings and activities. Wherever I go and whatever I am doing, I know that, being a Mormon and a Christian, I am a representative of Jesus Christ. I do my best to live as He would have me live, and to treat others as He would treat others. It is often difficult to keep this mindset all throughout the day, but I do what I can to improve in my emulation of Jesus Christ, that I might be a greater blessing to everyone and everything around me.