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Hi I'm Austin

I live in Los Angeles, California. I'm a medical student and former skateboarder. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a medical student at UCLA. I love hiking, languages, and exploring public transit, even in LA!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 14 years old, I had a bad skateboarding injury and was bed-ridden for 6 weeks. Not able to go to school, I started to read the Book of Mormon. The more I read, the more I knew that the book, its events and its messages were all true. I knew that the book's translator, Joseph Smith, was inspired by God and that the church he helped to restore was true. The more I accepted the principles of faith in Jesus Christ, the better my life became and the happier I was.

How I live my faith

I attend church weekly, where I learn about the Bible and the Book of Mormon and how their messages apply to our lives now. Our church is also a living laboratory where, without professional clergy, we all try to serve and help each other. I also try to live the principles taught by Jesus Christ, treating others with kindness and love, especially in the busy hospital where I work as a medical student.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Austin
Not having paid clergy helps us to learn by serving each other. Over my time in the Church I've taught our congregation's weekly Sunday school class, watched the 18 month old children in the nursery, and done clerical tasks as a clerk. Each "calling" helps me to express my faith by serving in a different way and has been the source of many blessings. These are blessings and invaluable experiences I would have missed out on if he had professional clergy. Show more Show less