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Hi I'm Austin

I'm a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!

About Me

I grew up traveling a lot, as my parents moved from state to state and back again. I remember taking the Greyhound bus to a new home and listening to a Walkman that my brothers and I shared. Music has always been a big part of our lives. My parents would often roll up the rug in the living room and dance to old school jams. In grade school, I began playing percussion in the school band, and began picking up other instruments through the years. I began recording with a karaoke machine in junior high, and since then have begun many compositions, mostly recorded digitally. I have written music for commercials and short films. I can remember things from infancy, and dreams I had when I was very young. These influence my writings and contribute to who I have become.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been taught to keep the commandments from an early age, and have seen how doing so has filled my life with light. I have seen and felt miracles, and experienced great joy as I have served others. The example of Jesus Christ has helped me understand who I am, and what my relationship is with the other inhabitants of this world. As I have turned often to my Heavenly Father in prayer, I have seen my prayers answered, many immediately, but many gradually. The answers come far too often and at far too perfect times, and with such close wording to the prayers I have said to think that they are anything less than blessings from God, direct answers to my prayers. I know He listens, and that through the Holy Ghost I can receive inspiration and guidance. The Prophets and Apostles, and other General Authorities and leaders have given sound and inspired teachings and blessings. The love and power in the words they speak has given me strength and much needed insight as I've asked for guidance in prayer. All of these things contribute to my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I attend my meetings on Sunday, and other activities throughout the week. I am an assistant to the building coordinator, and as such, I help to maintain clean facilities at church. I teach others in their homes and check on them periodically to make sure all is well. I am an ear to hear, and a shoulder to lean on. I feed the missionaries when I can, and others who need a meal. Those who knock on my door for sales or other inquiries often leave with food or leave hydrated. I give of what I have, and try to hold nothing back. I try to follow the example of Jesus Christ in every way that I can. Currently, I am serving full-time as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Texas Fort Worth Mission. This means that from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm I am studying and teaching the gospel to others. In doing so, I have the great privilege of inviting others to learn how the teachings of Jesus Christ will help them to find joy and comfort in this life, even confidence to press forward through life's challenges great or small.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by descendents of ancient Israelites, who carried with them (essentially) the Old Testament and crossed the ocean to the Americas (long before they were known as the Americas). Much like the Bible, it is a compilation of writings, testifying of Christ, and the love of God for His children. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

The best and most effective way to learn truth is to investigate! If there is a principle you are unsure about, study it, and try it out! Figure out what your questions are, and then study the source of your questioning. If you want to know whether or not Mormonism is true, read the Book of Mormon, and study its words. Live the principles it teaches, including prayer, church attendance, service to others, and obedience to God's commandments. As you do these things, you will feel a brightness of hope and joy enter your life. Heavenly Father will give a witness to you of its truth in a way you will recognize. It will be a personal answer, and this is because God knows you personally. He desires your well-being, and He will help you if you will give Him the opportunity (Matthew 7:7-11; John 7:17; James 1:5-6; Moroni 10:3-5; Alma 32: 27-43). Show more Show less