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Hi I'm Austin

I'm a lifeguard and swimming instructor. I'm also a huge nerd. I love playing video games and watching anime. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with a loving father and mother, who encouraged me in school and helped shape my passions. My father worked networking and IT and influenced my schooling decisions, and my mother stayed at home and helped raise us. When I was 10 years old, the marked crashed, and my father lost his job. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, my parents decided to separate. My father left the church, moved a few hours away, and made some questionable choices but made sure that we saw him frequently, and continued to love and support my siblings and I. My mother later remarried a wonderful man who greatly changed my family dynamic. My stepdad works a construction job, and he taught me the importance of hard work. With his help and some encouragement from my friends and family I decided to join my schools swim team. I was also invited into an early college high school program at the same time. These kept me very busy. Eventually, my swimming led me to a job opportunity and I became a lifeguard and swim instructor. My father passed away right before my senior year started. It was very difficult for me, but through the trial I found my testimony, and grew stronger in faith. I am grateful for the trial and the growth that I found through it. I recently graduated high school and received my diploma and my associates degree. I focused my studies on computer science, and I hope to continue my studies after I serve a full time mission.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, I moved into a ward with some wonderful boys in it. I became old enough to participate in cub scouts soon thereafter, and these boys had a profound effect on me as I grew older. From the age of eight to sixteen, the boys in the ward barely changed and we grew close. We went to scout camps, service projects, and read the scriptures together. They were amazing examples to me and helped me to find a testimony when I was young. They taught me the joy in serving others and helped me to find happiness in obeying the the commandments and listening to the prophets. Collectively they have been one of the greatest influences in my life, and they are greatly responsible for my spirituality and faith today. When I was sixteen, in the course of about two months almost all of us, myself included, left that ward and went our own ways. It was hard for me being on my own, but for one of the first times, I got to be the example to some of the younger boys in my new ward. I was able to share my testimony with them, and to help them to grow. A few months before my father died, he asked me a question about my faith. He asked me how I thought it was fair that I could die at any moment. That I wouldn't be able to fulfill many of my dreams, and that I would be take from him. I was taken aback by the question and told him that I didn't really know, and that I would need to think about it. Eventually I bore my testimony to him that I know that life continues after death, and although things can seem unfair and undeserved in the present, Heavenly Father knows what is best for us. He knows what will make us grow, and that I have faith that if that were to happen it would be alright. This conversation prepared me for the loss of my father, I don't know how I would have taken it If I had not had this conversation with him. I was blessed by my father in heaven with this testimony of life, love, and peace when I needed it most, and now I am ready to share it in the mission field.

How I live my faith

I have been involved in youth groups, especially scouting, since I was little. As I grew older I was asked to help orchestrate some of the activities that we participated in, and I did my best to be friendly and approach projects with enthusiasm. I also was called into a position where I began learning about genealogy work and my family history. I did my best to attend the temple, do family history, and invite my friends in my ward and scout troop to join me. I was also blessed to be able to go home teaching with my stepfather. We were given the opporotunity to visit the homes of a few families in our ward to serve them and share a gospel message with them once a month. I attended seminary in high school, and participated in discussions and activities in class. Recently, I was called to serve a full time mission, and I have been preparing myself to be worthy and able to fulfill this calling.