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Hi I'm Austin

I love serving our Heavenly Father as a missionary. I strive to become more like my Savior, Jesus Christ, everyday. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Currently, I am serving a mission for the church in the California Ventura Mission! It is the best thing that I've ever done for my life. My biggest hobby is playing soccer. I have played mostly recreational, but I enjoy it just as much as competitive games. Soccer is also something that keeps my family together. Some of my favorite memories come from playing soccer with my family (even if we do sometimes accidentally break each other's ribs). I graduated in the Class of 2015. I was very serious about my education ever since I was young, but when it came time to go to high school I had to choose a school that would give me great opportunities outside of my hometown school. Through the school that I chose, I was able to receive my Associate's Degree from WSU as well as my High School Diploma. It took a lot of effort and I felt that I sometimes wasn't ready enough for the challenges ahead because I was still just a kid. But despite my fears, I was able to achieve my goals. During school, one of my favorite classes that I attended was Seminary/Institute. Because of my beliefs as a member of the LDS Church, I thought that Seminary far outweighed the spiritual importance of other classes because I was learning things that helped me live through each day instead of higher-end math or engineering classes. I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I am happier each day because of the things it teaches me about my purpose in life.

Why I am a Mormon

As I have attended my meetings during Church on Sunday and have been taught by others about the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have been able to find out why I am a member of the church. Simply, I am a Mormon because when I live by it's teachings, I am happy. I am also a Mormon because I have ready the Book of Mormon, pondered its message, and prayed to know that it is true. Because I know that the Book of Mormon is true, I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God called in these latter-days, and that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored. Through the years I have been taught about the Plan of Salvation or the Plan of Happiness. This is the biggest part of my testimony. I have had friends who have lost siblings and it has been hard for them and me. Because of the Plan of Salvation and the power that prayer can have, I know that my friends and I will be able to see those who we love again. I know that we are on Earth because each individual has a purpose. In fact, we are all united with one purpose! I show my faith that Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ live each day, and that their teachings are true in hopes of returning to God knowing I lived as He would have me live. I know that as we strive to live like our Savior and become selfless as He is that we will one day achieve the goal of perfection. Perfection is not an on-and-off switch, but rather a progression of making mistakes and truly striving to live better. I know that as we show our faith here on Earth that our Heavenly Father blesses us because we are making the correct decisions. I also know that even when we make the wrong decisions, because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and through our personal effort of earnestly repenting, our Heavenly Father is willing to forgive us and still loves us. I have felt His love as I continue to repent for mistakes I make. I am a Mormon because my faith gives me hope and happiness each and every day.

How I live my faith

I think a lot about the teachings that I hear and learn from each Sunday and from my personal study of the Book of Mormon throughout my week. It brings a sense of peace to my life to know that I am living the way God has commanded for us to return and live with Him. Each week I would attend Young Men's where the 12-18 year old boys in our local ward would do service, talk about what we learned on Sunday, play a sport, or simply do a sort of bonding activity where we could feel accepted and included. Some may have heard of the class in high school called Seminary. Yes, that is us "Mormons." It is a different feeling that church on Sunday though. Seminary is a place where the youth of the church and our peers can teach each other through the lesson that our teacher has prepared. With insight from others and the teacher we are able to learn a lot more about our Savior and His gospel. Last, but not least, the way I will live my faith for 2 years is serving a mission to teach people of California what I know about Jesus Christ and His teachings. It takes a lot of dedication and preparation not only spiritually (though that is a big part), but also physically and mentally. The blessings of serving a mission far outweigh the disappointments and challenges that are faced. As you see others lives change for the better and see the Light of Christ in their countenance, every worry disappears. I know God has blessed me as I serve as a representative of His Son, Jesus Christ.