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Hi I'm Austin

I'm the oldest of 5 children. I love to run, laugh, and be with people! I try to be an optimist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 19 years old, and I'm the oldest of my four siblings. I am so grateful for them and my parents; they help keep my life fun and interesting, and I'm excited to have a family of my own someday! At the beginning of 9th grade, one of my good friends convinced me to join the cross country team with him, and what followed were a few painful months full of blisters, sunburns, and exhaustion. I was hooked by the end of the season though, and I continued to run throughout high school and love it. I also love acting in plays, singing (with debatable success), and eating chips and salsa. I especially love people; I have found that if I'm with friends, I can have fun doing almost anything, and I love to interact with and listen to and be with people almost all of the time. I recently finished my first year at a university, which I enjoyed very much. I'm intending to study exercise and wellness, and I hope to someday be a physical therapist or a religion teacher. One of my life aspirations is to become an optimist. Whenever I hear stories about people that manage to be happy and positive in even the most difficult situations, I think, "that's who I want to be." It's difficult, but I'm working on it.

Why I am a Mormon

This church has been a part of my life ever since I was born, and I love it. Someone once asked me if I just believe in the church because I grew up with it; or, in other words, because I just don't know any better. It's a good question. But the thing is, I've had many years to think about what I believe, and why I believe it. More importantly, I've acted on what I believe. I've actively gone to church, and participated in leadership positions, and studied the scriptures. I have prayed with all of my heart and soul to know if my Heavenly Father loves me and cares about me. And, without fail, He has answered. I did not just "go with the flow" and assume the church is true because that's what everyone told me. I wanted to find out for myself, and I have. I know that this gospel is true, and that this church is true. I know that God is my Father and my King, and that He loves me more than I can possibly imagine. I know that He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer for all of my sins and pains, so that I can repent and be clean and be comforted and return to live with my Heavenly Father again someday. Nothing has helped me feel as much peace and joy and love as this gospel has, and I know that nothing else could take its place. Because our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ love us, they have provided us with holy scriptures and modern day prophets and prayer so that we may know what we need to do to come home. I love my God and my Redeemer so, so much, and I know that they love me. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

For the next two years, I am going to be serving a two year LDS mission in Mexico. I have wanted to serve a mission ever since I was little, and I've been getting more and more excited about it since then. Two years does feel like a long time, and it I can't say that it's going to be easy, because I know that it won't be. But there is absolutely nowhere in the world that I would rather be for the next two years than in Mexico preaching this beautiful gospel to the people there. I'm not going on a mission because it's expected of me, or because it sounds fun, or because I know that it will be a good experience. I am serving a mission because I know that this gospel is true, and I want to share the peace and joy that it brings to me with everyone I see. God has given me so much, and I am more than willing to give two years of my life back to Him as I teach His other children about His love for them.