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Hi I'm Austin Thorup

I connect the past to the present, I express myself through music and written word, I'm a staunch introvert, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love history and will be resuming study of it when I return from my mission (I just received my associate's degree). I love the sense of context and perspective that history brings to decision making and overall attitude in every day life. Through history, either abstractly or directly, I can face a problem or opportunity and ask myself, "When has something like this been faced before? What was done about it? What happened? What was learned?" It is not much of a surprise then that I also have a great love for the scriptures, which I know will bless me in the future. There are so many great role models provided in the scriptures (especially our Savior Jesus Christ). It's also amazing to see the reccurring social and behavioral patterns in the civilizations that the scriptures come from and their continuance today. I truly think that the more we can connect the teachings and events recorded into our lives, the more prepared we will be for whatever comes our way. I also love a wide variety of music (especially classical). I have played the clarinet for over a decade and even (at my families mild insistence) sang for a few years in high school choirs. Music is a wonderful art form that can be very abstract or direct what its architects wish to convey. Much like the influence of the Holy Ghost, it can elevate one's entire mindset. It can pierce to the soul and move our hearts to compassion. It can summon familiar impressions and even move us with compassion towards others.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and having a genuine conviction of its truthfulness are two very different things. Every member of this church must, at some point or another, discover for themselves if the teachings of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ are true. Several years ago, I had this very same internal conflict, wondering if what I had been doing all my life was out of personal choice or just complacent habit. Although I do not recall any serious doubt or disbelief I recognized that having one's own testimony/conviction, independent of any other, is crucial. I made this the subject of much prayer and meditation, and as a result, I know for myself that this church contains the fullness of the everlasting gospel and that its teachings are true with all the sincerity of my soul. I know that the teachings of Jesus Christ are an anchor point on which we can center ourselves in the midst of this tumultuous and ever-changing world.

How I live my faith

I am serving as a full-time missionary in Long Beach, California, sharing the teachings of Jesus Christ with all who will receive it. I pray that I may find and help those who earnestly seek for the truth and know not where to find it. If nothing else, though, I intend to have the utmost sincerity in everything that I say and do, that the spirit may touch the hearts of many. Although I would not describe myself as socially outgoing, I always strive to live a life without guile toward any individual. We may not always be able to control the inclement nature of the circumstances placed before us, but we can control how heavy an emotional load we travel with.