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Hi I'm Austin Kalinowski

I grew up in the SF Bay Area of California. I play piano and like to write music. I'm a mormon.

About Me

As I was a small child, I saw my older brother and sister taking piano lessons. Everyday after they finished practicing I would go downstairs and try to play the songs they were playing. Soon my mom had me signed up for piano lessons and I was off on my journey through music. I was involved heavily in the music program as I grew up. In high school I was a very active member in the band and music program. I spent most of my day hanging out in the band room with friends discussing, playing, and creating music. When nothing else gave me great joy in my life, the band room and music did. I went on to attend BYU-Idaho and I currently still attend.

Why I am a Mormon

For a long time, I have struggled for happiness. I've had glimpses and small tastes of it, but I never really had happiness in the grasps of my life. I know that many people around me don't either. I'm mormon because Heavenly Father and the Holy Ghost comfort me and make me feel happy when nothing else will. Through showing faith and obedience, Heavenly Father will give you blessings that nothing else could give. When you feel hopeless and there is no chance for success, He will help you. When you have nobody to talk to, He will talk to you. When you feel sad or worried, He will comfort you. It's hard for one to understand when they've never experienced the feeling of being in the presence of the lord, but when they do, they will never turn back. I want everyone to understand the comfort and happiness that Heavenly Father and this church brings. Many people ask "What if you die and you find out it wasn't real?" I'd be quick to answer and say that if I died and found out everything I lived for wasn't true, I wouldn't regret any way I lived my life. Because I lived a life of happiness. A life with struggles just like everyone else, but a life of happiness at the end of every day. If you search for happiness, then I challenge you to kneel down one night and pray. Even if you don't think god is real, or you are just talking to yourself. Pray to above, with a sincere heart, and I know that the truth will be manifest to you and your life will change for the better. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living the life of a good example. I want people around me to see how I am different and live a very high standard life. Many people believe that high standard people aren't as fun or exciting, but I try to prove them wrong. Having almost all friends who don't live the same lifestyle as me, I hope to show and encourage them to live a better and upstanding life that they can be proud of when they look back later in life. Although I am sometimes not the best example, I strive daily to be a better person.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Austin Kalinowski
No, but most serve a mission because they want to share the gospel with others because they know it's true and they want others to experience it. They want to provide their service to the world and teach others the truthfulness of the gospel, so the people's lives can be filled with happiness and security. Show more Show less