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Hi I'm Austin

I'm a bookworm. I'm an NBA junkie. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First off, I'm a chronic bookworm. I was the kind of kid who could just get absolutely lost in the world of a book for days on end. I just couldn't (and still can't) put them down. My friends used to tease me for trying to read books while walking home from school! Books have always opened my eyes and imagination to the beautiful thoughts and ideas of thousands of God's children. (If I'm not reading, you can usually find me going on some sort of an adventure with my wife; playing basketball, traveling, eating food from all over the world, or hiking in the wilderness) Right now I'm finishing up a joint master's degree in engineering and business administration at a great university. I love the process of innovation and creativity; Nothing fills me with more joy than seeing something I helped create being used to help solve someone's needs or problems. But most importantly, I'm a husband (and soon-to-be father!), brother and son. My family members are my best friends and I couldn't have asked for better.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because over the course of my life I've come to deeply believe the following: - That God really exists. - That absolute truth exists. That right and wrong are real fixed things, not relative opinions. - That God loves us, all of us, more deeply than we can understand. That we can reach out to Him at any time and in any place, and that He will answer and help us. - That the Savior truly atoned for my mistakes, sins, and flaws, and that He can and will help me become the person I'm meant to be. - That the "Mormon" Church is actively run by the Savior, and that the Prophets and Apostles receive His direct instructions. - The most truly happy people I know are those that live the gospel in its entirety. This doesn't mean that Mormons have a monopoly on happiness or goodness (I've met hundreds of wonderful & joyful people from all kinds of different faiths and backgrounds). But there is a level of joy and light that I've only seen from those who try with all of their hearts to live the gospel and its teachings as is taught in the LDS church. I'm certainly not perfect, and there's a lot about the world that I don't understand, but these are the things I think are worth believing in.

How I live my faith

For me, being a disciple is about the small actions and decisions that compose my average day; choosing to be kind; listening more than I speak; trying to make choices that would make my family and the Savior proud. None of these things are really extraordinary or impressive by themselves, but I really believe the cumulative effect of consistent/daily thoughts, attitudes, and choices end up showing God how we really feel about Him and the gospel. Daily habits play a big role in how connected I feel to the Savior and my Father in Heaven. I try my best to start my day out with some "one-on-one" time with God for 30-40 minutes every morning. For me, this means asking Him for His help with what I have coming up that day in prayer, and then reading the scriptures and trying to understand what He would like me to do better. My wife and I also make time to say a prayer together before we leave for work & school.