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Hi I'm Austin McStraw

I am from Colorado, and I am currently serving a mission in the Gilbert, Arizona mission!

About Me

I am Austin, I love having a great time and making the most of every situation possible. I love playing soccer and hanging out with friends and occasionally relaxing. I am currently serving a mission in the Gilbert, Arizona Mission and I have been able to see the Lord's hand in my life in a greater degree. Through my trials and everything that I have faced, I know for certain that God lives and is aware of everything that each one of us feel and go through. I cannot describe what he has done for me, but I know that He does it all out of love. I have grown to truly develop a testimony of the Atonement and the strength of the Lord in my life. With each passing day I feel and recognize the blessings that I have been given. I want more than anything to serve dilligently for the Lord so that I may bring people as much joy as the Gospel and Heavenly Father has brought me. I love this Gospel with all my heart and have truly felt God's love in my life, I hope that everyone can feel that same love in their lives as I have mine

Why I am a Mormon

Why I'm a Mormon wasn't really clear to me up until this last year of high school when I found a true and strong understanding of the Fatih and truth that the Book of Mormon and Bible provides. I have grown so much as a person through the Church and developed a sense of leadership and responsibility. The youth program has given me so many friends and people that I can talk to when I need help or just to help strengthen my testimony. This Church and the people from it that provide a sense of love and warmth is unlike any other and I have truly learned how to love the gospel through having Faith in the Lord. The true reason that I am a Mormon is because I know this is the Lord's church. The same one he set up when Christ performed His ministry here, and I know that through the forgiveness provided by the Savior, I can receive the opportunity of living with my lvoed ones once again. Being able to feel the spirit and the feeling that it gives to you is so overwhelming that it will help you know that this Church is true. I know Christ loves me and that His actions have changed my life, and I came to that knowledge through reading and praying about the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am serving a mission in Gilbert, Arizona and I spend each day teaching and testifying of His church and His restored gospel. I love testifying about the Atonement, or Christ's actions he performed for our benefit. I strive to turn to my Father daily to receive His help and I study the scriptures to learn more about the life of my Savior. I do everything in my power to help others feel the joy that comes from developing a relationship with our Father in Heaven, and also providing them with the knowledge of eternal families and how that love is never supposed to end.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Austin McStraw
Mormons believe in the Bible because it testifies and has teachings and writings of Jesus Christ. It teachings of Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer of the World. The Old Testament prophets prophesy of Christ and His coming to the Earth to save us from our sins. They teach prior to Christ's birth and preach of His arrival and birth. The New testament is the life of Jesus Christ. It includes his teachings and His actions performed for us on the cross, in the Garden of Gethsemane, and also His ressurection. It contains accounts of Christ and allows us to grow closer to him through studying it. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Austin McStraw
In order to be saved and forgiven of our sins, we know that we must have faith in Jesus Christ. through faith in Him, all miracles are possible according to the Lord's will. Faith is not just a belief, it is also action. It is trusting in God and showing you are willing to act in His behalf such as keeping the commandments. Paul teaches that, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1) We are to believe and have faith in the Savior and rely on Christ's actions to cleanse us as we show our willing hearts. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Austin McStraw
WE baptize our new members so that they can make that covenant or promise with God to take upon them Christ's name. Taking the step of baptism helps prove to our Heavenly Father our willingness to strive to live by His commandments for the rest of our lives. Most importantly, baptism is a commandment. Christ was baptized himself, though He was perfect, he did it so that He could show the example to obey God's commandments. We baptize people by immersion, the same way that Christ was baptized, and we perform it with the same authority that John the Baptist had, or the Priesthood Authority of God. Baptism also allows for the remission of sins, or the cleansing of past mistakes, so that one day we can be clean in God's presence through this ordinance Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Austin McStraw
It is true there were 12 Apostles at the time of Christ who were his closest friends and they taught the same doctrines that he did. With the Apostasy the power that Christ ordained them with was lost when they all died. That means that there was no one to keep the church in order. We learn from Ephesians 2:20 that the church is to be based upon the foundation of apostles and prophets with Christ as the cornerstone and they help us stay on the path that Christ has set, rather than off of our own opinions. Show more Show less