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Hi I'm Dallin

I'm a science geek who loves mountain biking, movies, learning and discovering things, and most of all being happy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Nevada but have lived most of my life in Utah. Right now I'm in my junior year of college majoring in neuroscience, a topic that has fascinated me for a few years now. I think it's a good balance between the more provable, "hard" science of biology and chemistry and the less defined study of who we really are inside. Right now, I plan on going to graduate school and pursuing a career of either researching or teaching neuroscience at a college level (or both). Really, I just love to learn about almost anything. I hope to eventually see more of the world and its variety of cultures, climates, and experiences.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with the church in my family and my neighborhood. When I was young, I trusted my parents' and friends' faith and believed mostly because they did and I trusted them. Later on, I began to wonder why I was doing the things I was doing. For a couple of years, I evaluated myself and what I believed, and I realized I had doubts about whether everything I had been taught was true. I began searching to find the faith I wanted. This continued for much longer than I hoped, and it didn't seem to be getting anywhere. I asked a close friend for his opinion of my situation, and he responded by recounting a spiritual experience he had earlier. I felt a strong, powerful feeling within me that everything I had learned in the church was true. I didn't understand it then, but now I know it to be the Holy Ghost. Since then, I have had many experiences that confirmed everything I believed. Because of my lifelong social involvement in the church, I know firsthand that it's easy to live a Mormon lifestyle just because that's all you've ever known. But I also know that it's vital for everyone to find truth for themselves, regardless of anything anyone else tells them. When all is said and done, it's your relationship with God that counts. That's why I believe that a personal conversion is necessary, because that's the only thing that will stand through all the trials of life. We must receive all spiritual knowledge by the influence of the Holy Ghost, because He is the only true teacher and "by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things". In response to Peter's testimony of "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God", Christ responded by saying "Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven". Peter knew that Jesus was the Christ not because others had told him, but because he had received his answer directly from God through sincere prayer, and I know that we can all do the same.

How I live my faith

I try to make my faith as much of a constant thing as possible. I think everybody experiences fluctuations in their desire to do good and what they believe is right, and I am no exception. There are times when I am full of enthusiasm to help other people and follow Jesus Christ; and there are times when I just don't feel like it even though I know it's what I'm supposed to be doing. One thing that I've found that helps me is just deliberately choosing to focus your thoughts on Jesus Christ. It may surprise you how quickly such a simple thing can bring motivation back into your life, but it truly does. I have had many experiences where that has happened to me, but it's such a sweet experience that it feels new every time. Of course, everybody has distractions, and nobody has the focus to think about Jesus Christ all the time. But I find that the more I do it, the more Jesus Christ reaches out to me and helps me purify my life and clear up things that I can't fix without Him. In my experience, that's where it starts, and the resulting effects will be seen in the way that you live whether you're around others or by yourself.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Dallin
God is an interesting being. He very rarely makes Himself known in an undeniable way. Much of the time, He leaves lots of room for doubt and questions. Questions like, "If God is so important, why doesn't He give us any evidence of his existence?" Or, "If God is all-powerful and loving, why does He let so many horrific things happen to good people?" These are fair questions. In response to the first, I've heard it said many times that cosmic phenomena as well as simple things like trees and blades of grass are evidence of an intelligent designer. Because I believe in God, these things bring richness and added validity to my perception of Him. But from a science geek's standpoint, I know this idea just doesn't cut it for some people, understandably so. I believe that almost every aspect of the universe is directly traceable to natural law and order, and that man is continually in the process of constructing and reconstructing logical models for how the world works. But that doesn't mean there isn't a God. I don't know all the reasons why He doesn't reveal Himself more clearly, and I don't know why He gave me a knowledge of Him early in my life. But I do know that aspects of my character are a direct result of His intervention in my life, because He changed me in ways that I tried and failed to change myself. He is the only way I could have turned out like I have. There's no magic formula for discovering God's existence that works every time. But you have to want to find Him. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Dallin
Being a Mormon isn't any easier than the average lifestyle. My beliefs have answered a lot of questions in my life, but I still have plenty of unanswered questions (most of them beginning with the word "why"). Because of my lifestyle and my choices, I avoid several difficulties that many people experience, but I still struggle with things and wonder why life is hard from time to time. Life isn't supposed to be easy, and Mormonism is definitely not supposed to be a "get out of jail free" card from all your troubles, or even most of them. But what I've learned and felt as a member of this church assures me that there is an answer and there is a fair resolution to everything that confuses, pains, or upsets us. The most comforting thing about being a Mormon is knowing that all of that is going to end someday. There will come a time, not during this life, that the reasons behind everything are revealed. And because of what Jesus Christ has done, there will come a time when everything that was unfair will be made right for those who endured well. I don't know exactly what that implies, but I have felt beyond doubt that there will be a resolution, and that is what gets me through everything that makes life hard. Show more Show less