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Hi I'm Austin

I'm 5'7", a Saxophone Music Education major, and a disciple of Jesus Christ.

About Me

I was born in 1994 to some lovely parents in the great state of Utah. No one in my family stands over 5'10", but I'm the shortest, stoutest male! I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ forever, but my conversion started to really manifest itself when I was about fifteen years old. That was when I finally read the scriptures and prayed to know Jesus Christ was there. I received an answer that has empowered me to move my life in the direction I have. I am now a high school graduate and am going to a university in the state of Utah. I'm studying music because I love it--especially the boring parts--and education because the world will need teachers for as long as there is knowledge to be gained! I was diagnosed with depression when I was 19. That's been one of the hardest things I've had to deal with my entire life, and I was in denial about it for a long time. But now that I've been able to own up to my weaknesses, I've been able to overcome them, and today I live a normal, happy life. I once served as a minister for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in southern Oregon. It was a wonderful opportunity and one that has set me on course for success in life and eternity. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to grow spiritually! I'm Austin, I'm short, an aspiring music teacher, and I do my best to be my best, and best of all I'm a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

My family as a whole has been in this church for five generations, but I personally was not always totally converted to it. In fact, the hardest person I've ever had to teach the gospel to was myself. In many cases, I considered atheism, but I always have found that I cannot deny the reality of the existence of Jesus Christ, His love for me, and His influence over my life. It's something I have always known. Years ago, I finally had the desire to increase this knowledge and build upon it. I read the Book of Mormon for the first time, and prayed to my Heavenly Father to know if the events contained therein really occurred. I received a witness of its truth, and I now know without a doubt that Jesus Christ really is the Savior of the world, even the very Eternal Father manifesting himself to all nations, the same yesterday, today, and forever. In the time I was on my mission, I witnessed miracles as I saw people change their lives to live in harmony with Christ's teachings when receiving His gospel. They were happier for it. They feel better about themselves. They understand that their lives have purpose and know what that purpose is. They come to really, truly know their Heavenly Father, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3)

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time! I do my best to help those who need help and be the type of person whom others can trust and rely on. As I've been helped out a time or two by Jesus Christ and His disciples, I try to pay that kindness forward. They never gave up on me, so I can't bring myself to ever truly give up on anyone else. I believe everyone can be helped in some way, and maybe one day everyone who needs it will be able to accept my help, so I keep an open mind and an open heart about it.

What is being a Mormon like?

Austin
To be a Mormon is more than just a name: it is a calling and responsibility. There is much work involved in being a Mormon. But that is not to say that this work is unrewarded. The work of Mormonism is the single most rewarding work there is. Through it, I have gained much happiness as I have felt the love of my fellow members and Jesus Christ. The teachings of the gospel are based on faith, which is a principle of action. The actions we do as Mormons directly reflect the teachings of the gospel, and as a result have given me a firmer belief in their truths. So the simple answer? Being a Mormon is being faithful to the teachings of Christ, living His gospel, and, in doing so, receiving true happiness to which there is no equal. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Austin
Jesus Christ literally is the Son of God. He is the Only Begotten Son of the Father. He is one in the Father and the Father in Him. Their relationship is beyond that of this world. They are in absolute, perfect unity. However, their bodies are separate. Jesus Christ is the foundation of our faith. It is only through Him that our redemption may come. He loves us, and wishes for all of us to come unto Him and be saved in the kingdom of His Father. He has prepared a way for us to do that, called the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When Christ himself came to the earth he taught his gospel. He established his church and ordained apostles to watch over and direct it. Most importantly, he performed the Atonement, which included everything from his suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane to his death, and ended with his Resurrection. Through this Atonement, we can be freed from the effects of both physical death, a separation of our body and our spirit, and spiritual death, a separation between ourselves and God. The powers of the Atonement are available to all today who live and obey the principles and ordinances of the gospel. The first principles and ordinances of the gospel are first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, repentance; third, baptism by immersion; fourth, the laying on of hands for the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Christ continues to direct His church today to help all to come unto him and embrace these principles to receive the ordinances necessary for salvation. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Austin
Faith is an abiding confidence or trust in someone or something. When you act, it is because you believe a specific action will bring about a specific result, e.g., if you turn on a ceiling fan, it is because you have faith that it will cool down the room. Faith in things or people is not always infallible, i.e., the action will not always bring about the desired result. However, there is one person in whom we can always put our faith. That person is Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus Christ involves having trust and confidence in Him, and in His actions. When one possesses it, he is unstoppable. That faith also grows as one exercises it, i.e., as he does as Christ instructs. We know that as we do what He asks, the things He promises will always be fulfilled. We can be happy and have peace. We also know that if we do not do what He asks, the things He warns us about will also be fulfilled. Show more Show less