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Hi I'm Austin.

I'm a primary school teacher. I aspire to be an author/illustrator of picture books. I like to think out of the box. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy using my imagination. I like to write fiction and draw mostly anything but I prefer to draw fantastical creations because that's when I can really try and stretch my imagination. I like making people laugh when I can. I enjoy playing indoor soccer and roller blading but I like having a go at most sports. When I can't travel, which is often, I enjoy seeing what I can see of this big, beautiful, blue planet by going on-line and seeing the world through the camera lenses of others. I'm currently seeking to add to my teaching degree by going on and obtaining a Master of Education degree as I'm really interested in the fundamentals of teaching and learning and I'm continually redefining through my own experience in the classroom what good teaching looks like and how to get the most out of those I teach. One day I hope to be a published author of picture books as I like to think the kid inside me is still alive and kicking. Until that day comes however I'll continue to get inspiration from the world around me through the friends I have, the films I see, books I read, music I listen to or just the world in general.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because out of everything I've heard and seen and felt in this world, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has helped me make the best sense out of all that life has thrown at me. My testimony as to the truthfulness of this church is thus. I believe that I have a loving Father in Heaven (God) who cares for each and every one of us on this Earth to a degree we are unlikely to fully appreciate while in mortality. I believe that he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, our spiritual brother and Saviour of all mankind, to Earth to save mankind from the effects of making wrong choices in life and the forgiveness that is essential for each of us to learn and grow from our mistakes. I believe Jesus Christ was the perfect example of the love and peace one can obtain if they are to live by the principles of the Gospel. I believe that life can be so much more rewarding to a person if they have charity towards those people whose lives they affect. That by losing oneself in unselfish acts of service to others one can gain a greater understanding of who they are and what matters most to them. I believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is centred on the ideal of having the foundation necessary to live a happy, healthy and self-sustaining life in this mortal life and in life after death. I believe that our Heavenly Father's sole reason for sending us to Earth was so that we may have the opportunity to see the universe and all its many wonders as he sees them. I believe beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and I choose to see the world and all the heavens through the sight of the Creator for he sees it all, in all of it's beauty, all of the time. Being a Mormon has helped me be a better person, I'm not perfect, not even close, but I like how it feels to do good to others, be they friends or strangers. By living the Gospel I believe I am in the best position to do the most good to those around me and that's why it's easy to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I attend church meetings weekly and enjoy keeping the Sabbath day as a day of rest from work and a time to dwell upon things of a spiritual nature. To help me keep the feeling that comes almost naturally on Sunday, I help out anyone I can in whatever way I can be it through visiting with other members I see regularly at church to share a message of the Gospel or by helping them out with keeping their lawn trim. By doing simple things like this I find I have a greater appreciation or aspirations for the knowledge and circumstances in my life as well as an increased love towards the people I can assist. Praying daily has also given me a greater appreciation for the many friendships and things I have in my life which without prayer I may not even be aware of and so I would be likely to lose them and only realise the gifts I had after it was too late. Prayer also gives me focus for my day and helps me remember what is truly important in my life. When it comes right down to it the most important thing I can do is to show others how living a life centred on the teachings of Jesus Christ can be the most rewarding way to live.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

It is not a requirement to serve a mission however once you have a testimony of the truthfulness of the church and all that it is about, to not want to share what you know with others goes against what the church is all about. This is a religion for everyone and so it makes sense that the message of what the Church is about be shared with as many people as it can be shared with. Show more Show less