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Hi I'm Austen

I'm an actor. I'm a singing half-Dutchman. I can eat half a pizza calzone in one bite. I'm a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Smiling is on of my favorite things to do and seeing a smile jump onto someone's face brings me so much joy. I love to make others smile. Sometimes, I laugh at my own jokes. When I'm not laughing, I'm singing. When I'm not singing, I'm probably asleep. I was raised a gentleman and try to treat everyone with respect. Service was a big part of growing up and my parents have always set the example of helping others in need. Right now, I'm taking a two-year break from study, work, and everyday life to serve my Savior in Germany. I have a very personal testimony of Jesus Christ's Atonement and it's changing power. Without God in my life, I don't want to know where I would be. I want to help others realize that we can always change for the better, no matter how far we think we've gone. My plan in Germany is to help the people here learn that.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or as a Mormon, I was taught the Gospel from an early age. I have always believed in a God and in Jesus Christ. I never realized, however, how much that testimony leaned on my parents'. When I started my mission in Germany, I found out that not everyone shared the same beliefs. I found it difficult to share what I thought I knew. I doubted my faith. I wasn't sure if what I was teaching was true. At the end of The Book of Mormon, the prophet Moroni encourages us to, "ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you." I cannot tell you how many times I had read this particular scripture, but had never really tried it for myself. I took some time, knelt down, and prayed out loud to my Father in Heaven. I asked him if this book was true and if there really was a God. I told Him that I couldn't be out here if there wasn't. Just then, my mind became incredibly clear, clearer than it had been in a very long time, and I just knew. I knew that it was true. I knew there was a God. An overwhelming feeling of love encompassed me and I knew that my Father in Heaven loved me and knew me personally. Since then, I have found it much easier to share the Gospel with those around me. I know that God lives. I know that His Son, Jesus Christ lives. They have blessed my life.

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? By living! By serving others! By attending church on Sundays. I let my Heavenly Father know how I'm doing by offering prayer. I look for the answers to my questions in the scriptures and also from my friends, family, and church leaders. Setting an example, for me, is also a huge part of living one's faith. When I can, I share my faith with others.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No! Mormons help everyone. We believe that everyone, you, me, the lady down the street, are all children of God. A huge part of our faith is reaching out to those in need and offering service in any way we can. My father was a leader in the Church and always asked me to accompany him to help people out in our neighborhood. My leaders have also organized activities in which we would volunteer at soup kitchens and do our best to serve there. We are always on the search for opportunities to serve. Show more Show less