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Hi I'm Austin

I come from family that is diverse in every way possible, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family in which I was raised with "dual faith citizenship" as we like to call it. I was baptized Catholic as an infant, received my first communion for the Catholic Church around the time I was baptized and confirmed into the Mormon church at 8. I then continued to be confirmed in the Catholic Church when I was about 15 years old. My Catholic Mother fulfilled all her obligations as a Catholic Mother as did my dad as a Mormon Father. They would then allow us to chose; Catholic, Mormon, Muslim or Atheist. It didn't matter, it was always my brother's and my choice. My brother and I both chose The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! My parents have been happily married for almost 30 years now. My mother is a Mexican, Catholic, Democrat and my father a Welsh, Mormon, Conservative Republican yet they some how make it work. I went to Catholic school all my life and loved every minute. In High School I was captain of the football team and played center. I received all league honors and was selected to an all-star game. As far as football in the future, we'll see what the Lord wants me to do.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon simply because I have a firm testimony in the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have prayed and discovered for myself the truthfulness of the Gospel and love the church with all my heart. The culture of community is something I treasure about the church and love that we have a culture that is truly accepting and inclusive of everyone. After all, ALL of us, everyone who has, is and will walk the earth are our brothers and sisters and sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I am so excited, I have recently been called to serve in the Argentina, Bahia Blanca mission. I leave for the Provo MTC on December 7. 2016. This next period of my life is going to be the ultimate way to live my faith. I can't wait to get to know and love the people of Argentina. At school, all the way from kindergarten to my senior year, I was the only Mormon in the WHOLE SCHOOL. It was such an awesome opportunity for me to be able to share the Gospel with people who would not have had the opportunity to here it other wise. I was widely known at the All-boys Catholic High School of less than 1,000 students and became affectionately known by a few nicknames. The two best were "stormin mormon" and I kid you not the most used name was just "the mormon". That was me, but I embraced it. I loved it. I got to answer questions everyday about the Gospel. It was the greatest way for me to grow and live my faith and prepare me for a mission at the same time.