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Hi I'm Austin

I love hiking, playing the harmonica, and spending time with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am one of ten in my family (the third oldest of eight kids), and I love being a part of them. My family relationships are among my greatest treasures. I grew up playing with Legos, doing Star Wars lightsaber battles with all of the neighborhood kids out in the street, having airsoft wars, jumping on the trampoline, and all of the fun pretending and messing around that happy kids do. My hobbies growing up consisted mainly of acting, making movies and home vidoes, geocaching, and listening to my favorite music. I'm the kind of person that can have fun in large groups, but could also spend all of my time alone thinking and working on little projects here and there. The best part of my life is my membership in the Lord Jesus Christ's restored church. My happiness is found in it completely--I love the Savior! I try to live my life to reflect His and try to help others find happiness in His Gospel and teachings.

Why I am a Mormon

Living the gospel of Jesus Christ--meaning exercising my faith in Him, repenting and bringing my life into harmony with His will, honoring the covenants and promises I've made with Him to keep His commandments, and following the promptings of the Holy Ghost as I live my life--is what makes me truly happy. Nothing's better! I feel a very real sense of peace and comfort as I follow the Savior. Due to my commitment to Him and my Father in Heaven, I have found great direction and guidance in my life.

How I live my faith

In the past I've been a part of the Young Men's program, in helping the male youth ages 12-18 with church responsibilities and activities/campouts. Right now I am serving as a missionary of the church in San Diego, California. I am working to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them to receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. Working to do this has been a substantial sacrifice for me, but I have never found more happiness in life since I lost myself in the Lord's work.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Moses parting the Red Sea. Jericho's stronghold collapsing. David slaying Goliath with a sling. Jesus walking on water, calming the seas, and performing many miracles. I grew up believing these stories. As I grew older, I read for myself the accounts of prophets given in the Old and New Testaments, and through the power of the Holy Ghost, I know they are true. Mormons know that the Bible is true, and that it's words really are the words of God. The accounts written by the prophets of old, like Moses, and apostles like Paul, contain the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His teachings which were taught throughout history. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16). The Bible teaches that through Jesus Christ's Atonement, all men can return to live with God through faith and repentance, and receiving the ordinances of the gospel--beliefs that are fundamental to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

How can you know if anything is true? Really, there's only one reliable source of knowing the answers to the hard questions of life--and that source is God. Because He is our Father and becaue He loves us, He will freely answer questions that you ask Him sincerely through prayer and study, or "asking, seeking, and knocking," as the scriptures say. If you want to know if God really does love all of us, or if the Savior really appeared to people in the Americas 2,000 years ago, or if you want to know if Joseph Smith really was a chosen prophet of God--pray! When I asked those questions growing up--especially in my late teens--I felt the Holy Spirit's confirming witness that those things (and 'Mormonism' in all aspects) are true. It's a feeling I can't deny, and I can promise anyone who prays sincerely about what Mormons believe will also feel the truth of them for themselves. Show more Show less