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Hi I'm Austin Heywood

I'm from West Virginia. I love traveling and telling stories. I want to be a videographer to share unique stories, & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 24 years old. I love being outside, traveling and spending time with my family. I love basketball and trying new things including new foods, but I eat out too much and should really learn to cook more. I love music, especially songs that tell a story. Listening to and finding new music brings me a lot of joy. I play the guitar and some banjo and would like to call myself an amateur songwriter. I just graduated with my bachelor's degree in Communications, and want to go into videography. Just starting out in my career is a little daunting and there is a lot of pressure to succeed, but it's also exciting. I'm a procrastinator and have a bad habit of showing up late. I get along easily with all different kinds of people and love listening to people's stories and getting to know their quirks. I was born in Provo, Utah. My family moved to Redlands, California when I was still a baby and we lived there until I was in fourth grade. Then we moved to a little town called St. Albans, West Virginia. That's home for me. My parents, little brother and grandpa still live there. I currently live in Salt Lake City where I recently started as job a video production assistant. I think I'm pretty easygoing and laid back. I also try to take a positive view of things and to assume the best of people. I'm a happy guy, and feel very blessed to have the wonderful family and friends that I have.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Gospel, but I reached a point where I had to come to know for myself if it was all real. I put it to the test for myself. One morning I was reading the Book of Mormon. I had a very specific question. While reading I suddenly had a moment where the answers to my question suddenly became very clear. I was learning and having thoughts and making connections as if a great teacher were standing in the room with me, but I was alone. This continued for just a minute and then suddenly and distinctly stopped. I was at first a little stunned, but I realized that for the first time in my life I had been taught directly by the Holy Ghost. The Book of Mormon allowed that teaching to take place for me. I knew that it was true. Every Gospel principle I've learned about, I've put to the test. And each one has blessed my life. There was a time when I didn't really understand tithing. I thought, if I make so little money, what does it matter if I give any back to Lord, it can't make any difference anyway. Now I really feel it's a privilege to pay tithing. I feel blessed for giving back such a small part what God has given me. But I'm not just a Mormon because I believe it is true and feel obligated to follow the Gospel. I am a Mormon because when I follow the principles and teachings of this Church, I feel truly happy. The Gospel has made me a better person, and will continue to make me a better person, and I love it. I love how I feel on Sundays. I love learning new things about myself, and about how life works. I am so grateful for this church.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by the way I interact with people around me everyday. I was taught that when we serve and help others, expecting nothing in return, we are serving our God. Doing that brings fulfillment and joy into my life. Every single person we meet is a child of God, and has good in them, even if it may be a little hard to see at first. I try to sincerely listen to people, and understand why they think the way they do when it's different than how I think. Trying to improve is also a big part of living my faith in Christ. I understand that I am not perfect, nor am I asked to be. I believe there is no great shame in making mistakes. I think there is shame in hiding our mistakes, not admitting them to ourselves, and not trying to be better. I try to be honest with myself and others about my shortcomings. I still have a long ways to go. But I am not discouraged. I believe with God's help, and because of Christ's sacrifice, I can become much more than I am. I have strong faith in that.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Austin Heywood
Because families provide the greatest happiness we can experience in this life. God designed families so that we can learn, love, and ultimately be happy. And God's plan is for our families to be together after this mortal life is over, and for eternity. Show more Show less