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Hi I'm Austin

I'm a musician. I'm an athlete. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Spain and I love to serve and to be active. Whether it's playing rugby or running a half-marathon, I have done and love to do it all. I love to play guitar and teach guitar to children and to work on old cars. I graduated in 2012 and have worked several jobs for almost a year now saving up so that I could fund my mission, or in other words, so that I may go out and help others less fortunate then I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised Mormon by parents who are both strong members of the church. So my entire life I have done as they have, gone to church with them and shared their testimony of the truth of our church. But you can only ride on the curtails of your parents beliefs for so long. As I entered high school and grew older, I started to question my beliefs because I had to know for myself if they were true. This is the simple way that everyone comes to the knowledge and truth of this gospel. I have a testimony that if we ask the Lord for guidance, having faith that he will show us the way and striving to do all we can to be the best we can, that the Lord will bless us at help us know the answers to our prayers.

How I live my faith

Before I got my mission call to serve and teach the people of northern Spain, I was a Sunday School teacher for my local ward. Every Sunday I helped teach a class of 11 year olds and this brought me great joy. It reminded me of the simple testimonies and truths that seem so evident to us as children, and that we as adults seem to let fade to the back of our busy schedules. If we could all just remember to hold true to that faith and belief we so easily had as youth, life would be so much happier and fuller for us as individuals. We believed because we saw the important things in life: love, joy, family. We understood that we felt peace and happiness in these things and that anything else that made us feel similar must be true. And it was. But then as we got older we rationalized, turned our attention to other things, things that could give us satisfaction in half the time and half the effort. Yet these things only gave half the satisfaction, half the joy. Would it not be worth it to put in a little more time, a little more effort, a little more love? Because how can you really be happy with a little, when you could have all?