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Hi I'm Elder Austin Papworth

I am a Mormon. I live in Manteca, California where I was baptized on February16 2013. I love the church and have since that day.

About Me

I grew up for the most part without the church in my life. I would never go to church just because my family had fallen away. I really never could understand why but I was making the most out of what I had and would play a lot of sports. I am a HUGE Oakland Raider as well as Oakland Athletics fan. I also love to golf, while in high school i played golf all four years. I also played football and took on wrestling for a little while. I was converted to the gospel in February of 2012 and have been going my very best with the church since that day. So much that I even applied to some Church schools to carry out my education there.

Why I am a Mormon

The missionaries had knocked on my door before and every time we would reject them. Well except for one instance where we let them in. The reason for us letting the in was due to a car accident we had in October of 2012. I was ejected from the vehicle and knocked out from clashing heads with the road. When I woke up I was beneath an old tree with my mom hovered over me until the ambulance showed up and took me to the nearest hospital. After being at the hospital for several hours I received a knock on the door and it was my Grandma who brought two elders over to give me a blessing. As the elders concluded the blessing the shared a quick message with me and were on their way. A few months later the same missionaries that were there to give me a blessing knocked on our door. They did not seem to recognize my family but we happened to recognize them. We opened the door and for the first time had the missionaries talk to us and we began to have a good warm feeling every time that they were in our home. Eventually the time came where the asked us to take on the challenge of baptism and I was the first one in my family to say yes. However due to my parents being divorced I needed permission of my father who I figured would not be open to the idea. He wanted the missionaries over so he could better understand why this was something I wanted. The missionaries had come over that weekend and after hearing a couple of the lessons my dad understood and he could feel what I felt. My dad at this time happened to be an alcoholic which meant that even if I wanted him to baptize me he would have to quit drinking which he tried to do in the past but was never able to do so. Having this church in his life allowed him to quit drinking and he baptized me on the 16th of February 2012. Since that day I have had a great respect for the church as well as missionaries so much that I have chosen to take the call to serve a mission. I leave the September 16 2015 to the Independence, Missouri.

How I live my faith

I am an Elder in the church which means that I can now preform blessings and receive a new priesthood. I am preparing to serve a mission in Independence, Missouri. As well as learn the Spanish language so I can interact with everyone in my area. I am excited to go out and serve a mission and meet new people. As well as share the messages that once moved me to be baptized.