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Hi I'm Dallin

I am an Army officer and medical student. I enjoy cooking, reading, and cycling. My wife and I are expecting our first child.

About Me

I recently commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army and am currently active duty as I attend my first year of medical school. I love medical science and am excited to learn and apply my knowledge to serving the brave men and women of the United States military and their families. Having earned a bachelor's degree in nutritional science (from BYU), I love everything to do with food--growing it, cooking it and (of course) eating it, as well as the related history, politics, and psychology. My wife and I try to follow a plant-based, whole foods lifestyle, but you'll occasionally catch us sneaking some cheese or fish. I took a break from my undergraduate career to be a missionary in Mexico. I spent two years in Monterrey and the surrounding area and loved the terrain, the people and the delicious food. I have a beautiful wife, Robyn, who I married a little over two years ago. We do everything we can together and are now happily awaiting the addition of a baby girl to our family. I’m the oldest of seven children and the first to leave the nest. The three next in line have now also left the nest and are all at college. The youngest still live with my parents in Southern California where I grew up. In my spare time (which is rare), I enjoy books (from biographies and books about food to classic novels and Harry Potter), music, plays, sports, board games, and just being with my family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, the Church was a regular part of my life. I never really doubted, but at the same time I didn't fully appreciate what I had. Then in high school a friend invited me to attend his church. I went and was surprised by what I saw, heard, and felt there. That experience spurred a personal quest for truth. For weeks, every Sunday I would attend the LDS church, and one or two others that varied. I believed that the Mormon Church was true, but I was confused by the good and the truth that I was finding in the others. One day, my Dad and I had a conversation. He was supportive of me and did not tell me what to believe, but simply asked me about my feelings and extended the same invitation missionaries do: to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. I had done this before, but I guess I had never had questioned this deeply or desired to know so sincerely. That night I read and prayed with the intent to act on the answer that God gave me, whatever it was. In a way that is difficult to describe, yet impossible to deny, God answered my prayer. I felt without a doubt that my Heavenly Father loved me and that Jesus was my Savior. I felt peace, joy, and hope. And I knew that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was not just my parents' church: it was the Lord's, led by His living prophet. My knowledge of God and His plan mean everything to me, and affect every aspect of my life. This personal knowledge is available to all who accept the invitation to ask God.

How I live my faith

Although I spent some time saving lives as an EMT, I’m not Superman. I’m an average guy. There is a lot more to my life than just going to church and studying the Bible, but my faith plays a role in everything I do. The simple knowledge that God loves me and has a plan gives purpose and peace to my daily pursuits. My faith does not take away my freedom. I can choose to do whatever I want to do, to say whatever I want to say, to vote however I want to vote. My faith does not dictate my every action. I have my own personality and my own interests and hobbies. That said, my faith does have a deep impact on my life, from my daily routine to my long term goals. It inspires me to be a better husband, son, neighbor, and citizen. It gives me comfort when I’m sad or struggling, and it gives me a sense of optimism and comfort. So I guess a simple answer to the question is that I live my faith by going through life with a sense of belonging, purpose, and hope. I make decisions with the help of the added perspective that the teachings of Jesus Christ bring. I try to be the best person I can be at home, at school, or wherever I am.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Dallin
Sometimes we Mormons can seem like doctors or lawyers: we use a lot of words that only other Mormons seem to understand. I guess testimony is one of those words. A testimony is simply a personal conviction of the truthfulness of something. For example, if I say that I have a testimony of God, it means that I know for myself that God exists. You can have a testimony of any doctrine or principle of the gospel, but a fundamental part of any testimony is faith in God, His son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Testimonies come through feelings and thoughts from the Holy Ghost, feelings like love, joy, and peace, or thoughts like "this is true." Everyone can and should have their own testimony. You can get one for yourself by studying the scriptures, praying, and living gospel principles. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Dallin
Eternal Life is my goal, and is God's goal for each and every one of us, His children. For me, what makes me happiest is my family and friends. Heaven wouldn't be heaven without my family. As Mormons, we believe that the family is important for God as well. So Eternal Life includes living with your family and other loved ones for ever. We also believe that God, like any loving father, wants us to be just as happy as He is. So eternal life includes enjoying all of God's blessings. Basically, Eternal Life is living forever with God and our families, living not only with God, but like Him. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Dallin
Mormons believe that our bodies are gifts from God and that He wants us to take care of them. Part of taking care of them includes avoiding things that do them harm. Specifically, God has commanded, through the prophet Joseph Smith, that we avoid consuming tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. Not all Mormons are plant-based like me, but we do believe that meat should be eaten sparingly. The Lord's law of health, however, goes beyond a list of prohibitions, however. We should eat things that are good for us--fruits, vegetables, and grains, and take good care of our bodies by having proper habits of sleep and exercise. It really is amazing that these principles were taught by the prophet Joseph Smith long before they were supported by science. Show more Show less