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Hi I'm Austin McMillan

My name is Austin, I'm a football fanatic, I'm a homegrown Utah boy, and I'm a MORMON!!!

About Me

My name is Austin McMillan I'm 20 years old and currently serving a mission in the Oklahoma, Oklahoma City mission! It's the best two years! I am the first of 4 kids in my family. I love to watch sports and sometimes considered myself a walking Sportscenter ticker. Since I've left on my mission I've gotten a bit out of date but I love to still play sports on P-days. I have played football from the time I was 7 years old and wouldn't trade it for the world! I love to play basketball and other sports too but I'm not as avid of a player. I LOVE music and back home you would be hard pressed to see me without my ipod listening to my favorite musicians. I also love to play music and I played the clarinet for several years. I also played the cello for one year in elementary school. I believe music makes the world go round. I love to talk about politics and certain things like that. I was involved in Student Body when I was younger but once I got into Junior High and High School I wanted to focus more on sports. I was however on the youth city council of my hometown and I loved to help my city grow in that way. You get me talking about any of these things and you may be in for a long conversation! I love to talk! Oh yeah and I am a MORMON!!! :D

Why I am a Mormon

I will briefly summarize this because it is soooooo utterly important in my life, even as a young man, I could go on forever. I love being Mormon because of the pure love it can bring into one's life. I was born and raised this church and for a while up until junior high it felt almost forced, like I HAD to because it was what my parents made me do. Once though, I took the time to really learn, read the scriptures, and pray I could feel the power of the gospel radiate in my life. I have a great deal of love for the Savior that he bled and died for me. How could I not when he has done so much and asked so little? I love that families are forever and after this life we are not alone. We do not part at death but stick by each others sides for eternity. I love that forgiveness is such an important part of this life that even though I know if I trip up and commit a serious sin that Heavenly Father has such great love for me that he has given me a way to repent and return. In return for his forgiveness he asks us to be like him and forgive all those that sin against us. I truley love having another testament of Jesus Christ like the Book of Mormon gives us. In a day and age where Satan truley has a grip on humanity it gives me that extra testimony if I ever begin to doubt God or Christ and their love for me. Like I said this is only a brief summary of what I love about being a member of the church but know that it is what keeps me going through thick and thin.

How I live my faith

The great part about the church is that it isn't just a Sunday thing. Through the many wards and even a branch I've been in I've been given many chances to serve in different callings or given responsibilities. I have had as youth the chance to serve as a president or a councilor in many of the quorums or priesthood groups that I have been a part of. As such I've gotten to go out and help those in our by service. One bit of service I've had a great privilege of doing over the years is taking the sacrament to those who are physically unable to leave their homes. Most of those people are elderly and have nobody to talk to and many times on Sundays I and another young man are able to give them someone to talk to and give them an oppurtunity to partake of the sacrament. Now like I said many of this happens on Sunday but because of the priesthood I hold I am quite frequently called to help many in the ward with things during the week. Whether it's yard work for an elderly person or helping to move a new young family into their home I feel it is always my duty to do as Christ would and them with whatever they may need.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Austin McMillan
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is for families. Man was not made to be alone! We were made to be social! :) I don't know about you but I have more fun in a group of people and the group of people that understands me, in all my weird quirky ways, is my family. :) That's one personal reason of course, I think the greater reason is that this isn't all there is, this life I mean. Our families are meant to last for all time AND eternity. If we are going to be together for eternity, don't you think now would be a good time to figure out our problems? In my mind the answer is yes. That's why the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the church itself helps in so many ways help us overcome our problems and overcome the issues we may have. The Lord preformed the Atonement so we could overcome those obstacles not hit our heads against the wall, and when we have the support system of our families, who can stop us from achieving our ultimate potential? :) Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Austin McMillan
Totally and wholly in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the long road of discipleship it all starts with having that faith, or hope, in Jesus and that rock to hold onto when the road gets bumpy. When we have faith in Christ we can, through His holy Atonement come closer to Him. Remember though that faith, is more than saying, "I believe", it's going out and doing the works of Christ. It is not true faith if you aren't really doing anything to follow Him. Through works, our faith is shown to all! Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Austin McMillan
First off as a missionary, I can tell you from first hand experience that it is good for a young man at such a young age (I left at 19 but now you are allowed to leave at 18). We go at an age and time when we are probably the most prone to being selfish and self centered and are asked to turn our love outward from ourselves for the cause of supporting others and really strengthening their faith in Jesus Christ. We go from dealing with sometimes silly and trivial teenage, high school problems to helping others with their real world, real time issues. There is only one way that that maturation happens, through the Gospel of Jesus Christ which is the reason we go in the first place. We go to share that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the one and only way to return to our loving Father in Heaven. We come to your door to share the marvelous news that through Jesus Christ's sacrifice all we have to do to return to him are in these five simple steps: Faith in Christ, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost and Enduring to the End. Not everyone believes all these things are vital or needed but that's what else we share, God called a prophet again to help us! Wouldn't you like to know if another Moses or Noah or Abraham or Elijah, all Old Testament Prophets, showed up again to teach us and show us the way? Well that's why we, as missionaries knock on your door. We know, and I know, that there is that prophet on the Earth again! Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Austin McMillan
If you are familiar with the Bible at all and especially the Old Testament, you are aware that all prophets are called by God to serve Him. The few that pop into my mind are, Moses and the burning bush, and Samuel hearing a voice that called out to him. Just as in ancient times, God still personally calls His prophets. The first prophet of this modern era was Joseph Smith and the short answer to this question would be that the First Vision is the way Joseph was called, just as Moses and Samuel were called. It happened one spring morning as the 14 year old Joseph decided, after much contemplation and searching of the scriptures, to ask God what church he should join. He wanted to make sure that whatever church he was apart of was the one Jesus Christ was the head of and that he knew his eternal soul would be secure. So through the prayer of a young boy, God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to him. Using his own words, this is what Joseph saw in what is called the First Vision, "I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head above the brightness of the Sun which descended gradually until it fell upon me. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other: 'This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!'" In this vision Jesus Christ told Joseph many things but most importantly that His church would soon be restored. Show more Show less