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Hi I'm Austin Jackson

I'm a college kid. I love music, sports, friends, life, and of course, I love Mexican food. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I love to sing. I've been singing and playing the piano since I was about six years old and I've never stopped. Whether I'm moving my lawn, in the shower, in a choir, or singing solos, I find so much happiness in music. My other escape and obsession is basketball. I was never the biggest or strongest person, but I would play for hours and hours a day and I found other ways to help my team. Even though high school is well behind me, I still enjoy playing and I'm involved with lots of city and school-sponsored teams. I come from a family of two incredible parents and nine great kids. I'm the youngest of the nine and I love life and have lots of energy. I find tons of joy when I'm around lots of people and when I can help make them smile. I love mexican food and I speak Spanish fluently. I would love to travel all around Mexico, Central America, and South America with my family someday. I want to help make the world a great place.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and my family was always incredibly active. I woke up at 6:30 every morning all the way through high school to read scriptures and pray before breakfast and school. It took until I was 16 when my life hit a cross-roads that I tried to find out if this was true or the path I wanted to take. I prayed for a long time and I got an answer. Despite all the problems that I have, I know that this is the path I want to stay on. This is where my happiness comes from. I call it "la paz celestial," or in other words, heavenly peace. I know what it feels like to be away from God and Christ and I know those awful feelings of uncertainty, and guilt, and craziness that come when I don't live how God wants me too, but whenever I'm living His gospel I feel secure and confident and peaceful even when it seems like everything is falling apart around me. This is why I'm a Mormon. I want that peace and I know where to find it.

How I live my faith

I know so many incredible people who's examples have strengthen me and my faith. I know how much of an impact good people have had on my life so I really work hard to help others and love all people. I try to be worthy of God's blessings by praying everyday and treating people how Christ would want me to. I live in a congregation full of college students. We call it a singles ward and my responsibilities involve helping organize monthly teaching appointments where the men will go visit everybody in the ward and teach them a spiritual message and help them with whatever needs they might have. However, the biggest thing I do to live my faith is change. It turns out that life can be really tough, but we can either sit around and feel bad about ourselves or we can realize that everyone has challenges and problems and that we should do our best to change and become like Christ wants us to be. Instead of judging others or critisizing them we should be loving to them as they try to change, because you never know what is going on in someone's life. These are a few of the things I do to live my faith.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Austin Jackson
Yes. After His resurrection He appeared to people in both Israel and North America. Jesus Christ's resurrection is what gives me hope that I will be able to live after this life with my family. This blessing wasn't just extended to me. Christ died so that everybody who had lived, was living, or would live might have a chance to return to live with Him again. Christ taught both the people in Israel and the Americas so that he could show them His love and teach them what they needed to do to return to Heavenly Father's kingdom. Jesus didn't come to Earth just to save a fraction of God's children. God sent Him to the Earth so that everyone who's ever lived would be given that opportunity. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Austin Jackson
This life is an amazing experience, but it is also full of circumstances and people that may pull you down and cause you to fall. We need someone who we can grab on to. We need someone who we can trust and no matter how hard or impossible life may seem, we need someone who will always help us get back on our feet. We need to put our faith in our friend Jesus Christ. I know that he will help us, support us, love us, and guide us is we put our trust and faith in Him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Austin Jackson
After death we go to the Spirit World. This is where everybody goes to wait for the return of Christ. In the Spirit World we will either be in a state of paradise or a state of hell depending on whether or not we had faith in Christ and repented of our sins. There are many people that never had the opportunity to hear about Christ's sacrifice so obviously never had faith in him. The scriptures teach us that Christ has prepared a way that they will be taught the gospel and will be able to accept or reject it. Those who don't repent will be forced to pay for their own sins. Christ described what the suffering feels like by telling about his own experience. He says that he bled from every pore of his body because of the intensity of the pain and that is caused him, a God, to shake and tremble. He is willing to free us from this fate if we repent and have faith in him. Those that were obedient on earth will live in a state of peace and happiness, without any pain or worries while they are here in the Spirit World. When Christ comes again, everybody will be resurrected, or in other words, everybody's body will be reunited with their spirits and we will be sent to stand before God to be judged for everything in their life. There are three kingdoms of glory that we could be sent to. The greatest kingdom in called the celestial kingdom. Everyone who goes there will be able to live in perfect happiness, live with their family, and progress and become perfect for eternity. For honorable people who don't make or keep all of God's commandments, they will go to the Terrestrial Kingdom. The lowest Kingdom is for those who rebel against God and choose to live lives that are against the will of God. We will live eternally in the kingdom that we obtain. Show more Show less