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Hi I'm Austin Gee

I'm a Texan, I like to be constantly doing things, and I love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a Texan, a swimmer, and avid reader. I was born in Spokane Washington, but moved to Texas soon after I was born. I grew up loving to read books and go swimming. Eventually swimming got me into lifeguarding, I worked at the YMCA for about a year and a half all year round teaching kids how to swim and also lifeguarding. I love baseball, the Texas Rangers are my team! I like to wear cowboy boots, big belt buckles, and baseball caps. I played the violin for 7 years in school orchestras. I am just a half step down from being fluent in Spanish. I have two younger siblings and also two older half siblings. My mom and younger brother and sister are members of the Mormon church but my dad and older half siblings are not. I love family time, and movie nights. My family and friends mean the world to me. I am half Chinese, my dad was born in Honk Hong China, and came to California when he was little. I can't speak any Cantonese. My mother was born in Montana but moved around a lot of the northern states, her dad raised horses and trained them. I know what it is like to go through financial struggles and having to support your family financially while in high school. I know what it is like to not know where you will live next. I love volleyball and soccer, I like to read scriptures in my free time. I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all my life. I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because my mom is also a Mormon. She became a part of the Mormon church when she was a young adult. My dad is not a Mormon yet, but has a belief in God. As for me, I went to church with my mother since I was little, when I was 8 I was baptized and have as you might say "not known anything else". Does that make my story any less meaningful then another who became a member when they were 40? No, it just means we all come from different walks of life, and in different ways we have all found an amount of light we are willing to let into our hearts. I don't know if I actually knew with conviction that the Mormon church was true until I was around 16. I had never before taken the time to do the one thing that is necessary. I had never read The Book of Mormon with real intent all the way through, and prayed about it. Up until I finally started on my path for a witness that these things were true, you might say i had been going by blind faith. It was though with the faith that "moves mountains" I sought out an answer to my question; was all that I had believed in since I was a baby actually true? After a long year of slowly reading, and many prayers I can tell you I never got a big answer. Instead it was made manifest to me through "small and simple things". In Galations 5:22-23 it describes a few of those small and simple things "but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance". These things witnessed to me that The Book of Mormon is true. Yes you can feel those things in other churches too, but The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has the fullness of the gospel. The only way to gain a knowledge for yourself that these things are true is to read The Book of Mormon like I did. Not seeking to disprove it, and to come to church and pray about these things. I know, just as I did, that you can feel in your heart that these things are true. The answer will come, if you truly seek.

How I live my faith

Everyday I get up, I get dressed, and I try and keep the commandments of God. Through keeping commandments I try and show to God that I am thankful for all that he has given me. As I live righteously to what our Heavenly Father has commanded I have faith he will bless me. I strive each day to become more like my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know I am not perfect, but "by works was faith made perfect" James 2:22. In order to become better we have to act better then the previous day, we have to use the atonement which our redeemer allowed for us to use to receive forgiveness of our shortcomings. When it comes down to the very core of living what you believe in, we have literally nothing except one thing to rightfully offer to God. God gave us everything we have, and it rightfully is his. Yet from the beginning of the world man was given his agency to do his own will; "thou mayest choose for thyself, for it is given unto thee" Moses 3:17. The one thing we can truly offer to God in thanksgiving and in humbleness is our will. After the long road has ended to be able to say just as Jesus Christ did in Matthew 26:39 "Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." To have kept the faith is above all else, our greatest duty as spiritual children of our Heavenly Father. I live my faith through loving him and my neighbors, charity, and obedience to commandments. Once we align our will with God's, we "open the windows of heaven" and he pours out blessings of which "there shall not be room enough to receive it" Malachi 3:10.