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Hi I'm Austen Schaefer

I'm an avid University of Utah fan. I have the best family ever. I'm a devout follower of Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello. I'm a missionary currently serving for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints here in the California, Santa Rosa mission. Being a missionary happens to be one of the greatest experiences I've ever taken part in and I couldn't be more thankful to be wearing this name tag each day. Before my mission, I participated in a range of different hobbies, including sports, and extra curricular activities. My favorite sport happens to be football, but along with this, I also enjoyed playing baseball, soccer, swimming, lacrosse, and basketball. Sports always have been and will continue to be a large part of my life. As far as a profession is concerned, I plan to eventually receive my MBA in graduate school and use this to my advantage in potentially becoming an entrepreneur or chasing out another career in business. I'm a people person and I love spending the majority of my time around others.

Why I am a Mormon

Coming from quite a different upbringing, I have had the benefit of being raised in a home where the Gospel was not handed to me on a shining, silver platter. Having a mother whom happens to be a member of the church, and a father who is not a member of the church - I've seen both roads. I've seen both sides of the fence. I've seen and been consumed with things (in my own life) that weren't on terms with what my Heavenly Father would want of me. With that being said, my testimony of this church and this Gospel did not come easy. I struggled - a lot. I searched - even more. I prayed - exceedingly great amounts. My answer did not come through some strange, marvelous, or even grand experience. But rather through "small and simple things". Slowly, I took leaps of faith and put my trust in what this church had to offer. Slowly, I reluctantly dipped my feet into (what seemed to be) a large river of never ending "commandments and regulations". Throughout all of this, again, no large manifestation, or huge primary events that transpired in which changed my life. But by time, and constant effort in doing what The Lord has commanded us to do, I found peace. I found happiness. I found strength. Above all else, I found God. I found an unquenchable desire and eagerness to do "His will" because I knew the blessings in return would be of great value. The constant companion of the spirit and blessings that rain from being a member of this church have substantially exceeded any worldly substance or activity I've ever associated with. Because of these experiences, and the miracles I've seen, I can undoubtedly attest to the truthfulness of the Gospel. I have a living proof that this is the true Church of Christ. I stand as a witness and am forever indebted to Him for all that I've been given.

How I live my faith

As of now, I'm serving as a missionary for the church, and I live my faith, by exercising my faith in Jesus Christ daily. I have the privilege and opportunity of serving and sharing the Gospel with all those that live in the San Rafael area. Teaching the Gospel and being a missionary is and has single handedly been the most wonderful blessing I've ever received in my life. I enjoy contacting, finding, and searching for those who have questions pertaining to this life we are all now navigating ourselves through. As substantial of an effect that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has had in my life - I would be depriving others of blessings that I've claimed through obedience to The Commandments, if I did not devote two years of my life to share my experiences and stories with others. Exercising faith and abiding in good works has proven to yield much happiness in my life and I want others to participate in exactly as I have.