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Hi I'm Austin

I grew up in Japan and New York, but I live in Washington. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now I am just working through school. I study Criminal Justice and love to spend time with my wife when I am not in class or working. I love to watch movies, cook, read news articles on the internet, and listen to music. In the past when I was in high school, I swam for our team and served as a co-captain during my senior year. After high school and a little bit of college, I spent two years of my life in Santiago, Chile as a missionary. Because of my experiences there I learned to speak Spanish fluently, though it has been hard to maintain it. I love to talk with people though it is not easy for me to go out of my way to make friends.

Why I am a Mormon

During middle school and high school, I struggled to maintain balance in my life and made poor choices. I continued to go to church even though not every aspect of my life was in harmony with God's teachings. When other people began to ask questions about what I believed, I realized that my choices and lack of knowledge had placed me in an awkward position. I knew that I needed to get my life in order and begin to figure out what I really believed and eventually knew to be true. As I studied the scriptures, the Bible and Book of Mormon in particular, as well as other sacred books, and prayed with real intent, I began to feel the desire to change and come to know Christ. I felt the power of his Atonement, or sacrifice in my life as I began to set aside some of my bad habits, and began to come closer to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. It was not easy, and it still is difficult, but I am glad that I did what I could and relied on the Savior to help me change. I found true happiness in his church and his gospel.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life I have participated in the church and its many organizations that help people to better themselves and the world in which they live. I worked with other youth in Scouting, participated in the young men's organization, and now currently coordinate the music for our worship services. One of the most fulfilling, but difficult positions that I held was that of a Ward Mission leader, which is a liaison between the non-members, new converts, and less active members of the church and those that are fully active. I was in charge of coordinating meetings with the missionaries and sometimes participating in lessons that they would teach in peoples homes as well as participating in classes that were taught every sunday to those who are not familiar with our beliefs. After serving as a Missionary I was able to go even further and use my Spanish to help those who were new by speaking to them and teaching in a language that they understand. Like I said before I lived in Chile for two years as a missionary and it was one of the most rewarding and taxing experiences of my life. Teaching the Chilean people about the Savior and his restored gospel was not easy, but it was worth it. I feel like these things in conjunction with daily scripture study, Church attendance on Sundays, and prayer are examples of how I live my faith. In addition to these things I make an effort to visit other members of the congregation with another member of the church, and also attend the Temple which is a sacred building where we learn more about our potential as followers of Christ.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Through reading the scriptures, we draw closer to our Savior Jesus Christ and God our Heavenly Father. We begin to understand their will and know that as long as their have been people on the earth, they have taken an interest in them and their well being. Through the study of these sacred texts we open ourselves to communication from the spirit, and we begin to feel the power of God in our lives. Show more Show less