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Hi I'm Dallin

I'm a happily married man, the father of two little girls. I'm enjoying school to become an SLP (speech therapist). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a happily married man. My wife and I are loving life while I finish my schooling. We have two darling little girls. We are just enjoying life one day at a time. We love talking with each other, exercising, going to plays and museums, and spending time with family. Personally I love learning about languages, cultures, and linguistics, and professionally I enjoy working with people who have suffered strokes or brain injuries.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that even though I am just one person out of billions, and that I am tiny compared to an enormous universe, that God knows me. I believe that through prayer. My parents are Mormon, and brought me up with love and care, but I always wanted to know for myself if what they believed was true. I read the Book of Mormon on my own, then prayed and asked God if it was true, and if He was really there. The best way I can describe how I felt after I did that was that I had a very strong feeling that God knew me, even among the billions of stars and planets and people that there are.

How I live my faith

I recently finished spending a year helping in the nursery at church with my wife. It was great helping the toddlers play nicely with each other and begin to learn about Jesus Christ. I once heard that if Jesus were to personally come to church, He would visit the little children first, and I completely agree with that. I also enjoy doing whatever I can do to help people feel welcome--whenever I visit somewhere, I like to have the people there talk to me, so I try to do the same for others.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Dallin
Being baptized by the proper authority is a necessary step on the journey back to Heavenly Father for all of us. As a Mormon, I believe that the authority to baptize properly is found only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, the Church was founded in 1830, which isn't that long ago as far as history goes. So what about all those people who died before 1830 who didn't get the chance to hear about the Church and be baptized if they wanted to? And even though the Church has thousands of missionaries now, there are still some cities, some countries even, that we can't reach yet--what about them? God wouldn't be a merciful God if He didn't give them the chance to be baptized, but He wouldn't be just if He just let them receive salvation without being baptized. So God has made it possible for those who are living to be baptized in the temples for people who have died. It doesn't mean that person automatically becomes a member of the Church posthumously; it just means that the deceased person is given the opportunity to accept it. We believe that after we die, our spirits go to a place called the Spirit World, and that those who didn't hear about the Church during their lifetime can hear about it. If they decide they want to be a member, they can be, since people who are alive still are being baptized for them in temples. Thus no matter when people lived, and no matter if they met missionaries of the Church in their lifetime or not, they all still get the chance to live with Heavenly Father again if they choose to. I love that about the Gospel. I have ancestors just a couple generations back who weren't members. I hope and pray they will accept the baptisms my family and I have done and will continue to do for more and more of them. Show more Show less