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Hi I'm Austin

I am from Orange city, Florida. I am serving a mission in the Arizona Phoenix Mission, I love to play baseball and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am twenty years old and I have a passion for baseball, I have played since I was four years old and it is something that is really enjoyable and fascinating to me. Aside from baseball, I love to play football and lift weights and overall just stay active. I also, love to read and listen to music. I have been a member of the mormon church my entire life and it has truly been a blessing to have these morals and this knowledge. It has helped me as I prepared to serve a mission and as I continue on serving. Being on a mission has made me grow as a person and has strengthened my testimony in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because of the transformation the gospel has brought me. I was raised in the church and my family has been very active my entire life. But I was going just to go, I was not going to become a better follower of Jesus Christ. So this lasted until I graduated high school and it continued on until I reached the age of nineteen. At this point in my life I was hanging out with the wrong crowds and had my priorities mixed up. I am an avid baseball player/fan and I would go and play tournaments on the weekends and skip church. The times I was home I would not go because I was too tired to go. But, there comes a point in everyone's life when the need for God comes into play. As I was doing all these things I thought I was happy but I truly wasn't. Sin always leads to unhappiness, it may take awhile to recognize but eventually it will come. And when it came up for me, it hit me hard. And I did not know where else to turn. Eventually it led to me getting on my knees and asking God to help me and he did. My turn around had everything to do with the gospel. Once I came to this realization I knew it wouldn't be easy but I needed to get on the right path. This led to my desire to serve a mission and help people make the change that I went through. I am so grateful for this gospel for the great examples my parents set for me.

How I live my faith

The way I am living my faith now is by serving a two year mission for the church. I have been serving a full time mission in Arizona for a year now and it has truly been a wonderful experience. I have been able to reach people here in Phoenix and help them come closer to Jesus Christ. Being on a mission is the hardest mentally challenging thing I have ever done in my life. Being on a bike in 118 degree weather is not fun but it is truly rewarding to see all the blessings you receive from it. I see Heavenly Father's hand in my life everyday. He gives me the extra strength that I need to press on. There are times when you get down and discouraged but I take comfort in the fact that Heavenly Father has/is preparing people to hear the gospel specifically by me. I have seen so many miracles from this experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. (For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand. (D&C 58:4)

What do Mormons believe about family?

The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has a big emphasis on strengthening the family. We believe that families can be together forever. Once a mother and father are sealed together in the temple and start bringing children into the world the learning starts. The children see how their parents treat each other and how loving and kind they are and then they want the same thing for their families. I have seen in my own life how my parents are with me and also my siblings and also how they treat each other and I too want the same things for my children in the near future. Families are ordained of God and keeping them strong is essential to our learning and the choices we make while we are here on the earth. Show more Show less