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Hi I'm Austin Hansen

I grew up in Idaho. I'm 19 years old. I'm going to be serving a mission in Yekaterinburg Russia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born 19 years ago to my loving parents. My mom's previous vocation was a nurse, and my dad had worked selling insurance before transitioning his career to become a wealth manager. I am the oldest of four children, with three younger sisters that I serve as an example for. Since my dad took me to a Jazz game several years ago, I have been a huge NBA and basketball fan. I love anything that has to do with the sport, and I have enjoyed going to games for years. I have taken two trips to Haiti with my dad and family to help people in need that are living in that impoverished country. The latest was on Christmas where we spent a week at an orphanage giving two dozen children gifts and Christmas cheer that they had never before experienced. I have been called to serve in the Russia Yekaterinburg Mission and I leave September 23. I couldn't be more excited. Once I return home from my mission, I will be attending a University on the east coast where I have learned to love the environment and culture from various trips and summer camps. I hope to have a career in the finance industry with a job similar to what my dad does. I am very excited for what the future holds!

Why I am a Mormon

The culture of a predominately Mormon community makes it easy to glide in the wake of churchgoers. It becomes a routine with no real thought or contemplation involved in the choice of going or in the belief in the gospel. I didn't gain an actual testimony for myself until I moved homes when I was a teenager. I switched both schools and church buildings, and I was forced to socially hit the reset button. I struggled very badly. I had no one to go to, besides my family, so I turned to my scriptures and prayer in hopes that I could find solutions to the problems I faced. Through my faithful studying and fervent prayer, I began to form a testimony of the gospel and gain a personal relationship with my Father in Heaven. Through this change of heart, the issues I once had in my life were disappearing. I formed friendships with people around me that have been an incredible blessing in my life for the past several years. I excelled in my new school which has led to numerous opportunities that would have before not been possible. I have a testimony that this church is true. I know that Joseph Smith restored the church. The Book of Mormon holds the truth and is another testament of Jesus Christ. I know that Christ walked on this earth and atoned for our sins so that we can one day live with him again. I'm grateful for the impact that the gospel has had on me, and I can't wait to share that with both the people of Russia and any others I come in contact with in the future.

How I live my faith

I serve as a leader and example to my peers and the other young men in my church. I encourage my friends to live a life they are proud of. In my community, I believe that service is valuable. I have worked with various organizations to improve my community, and communities around the world. One of these organizations, Haiti Sak Plen, is a group of missionaries that served in the Haiti Port-Au-Prince mission over 20 years ago. Through their continued faith in the gospel, they have served the Haitian people long after their mission ended.