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Hi I'm Dallas

I love my family. I'm from Iowa. I play frisbee and watch Seinfeld. I love to study economics and Spanish. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student in college studying economics and Spanish. I love studying what I'm studying and want to use it all. When I get too busy, I make sure I find some time to toss a frisbee around playing intramurals. I love being around people and getting to know new people. I just think everyone is really great and I have a blast learning from them. I absolutely love watching sports, football in particular. Seinfeld ranks at the top of favorite tv shows. I've got a big family with seven kids of which I am the middle. It's a great place to be because I associate closely with both the older half of the family as well as the young half.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church in Iowa where it's not super big, but I was raised to be a latter-day saint. Growing up in the Church didn't shield me from any of life's challenges that anyone faces. However, the Church taught me how to cope with such challenges and to overcome them with my faith in Jesus Christ. What I continue to be blessed with is a family that has taught me everything that I would hear repeated in church. Even growing up in the Church, I still was faced with personal struggles to know if this was really God's church. Religion had a role in my life in my teenage years, but it wasn't hard to walk through the motions. I have no doubt that the Lord was guiding me during those times with small but noticeable instances that kept me actively going. The years leading up to the mission I knew I would serve a mission thanks to great examples in my two older brothers, a righteous older sister, and loving parents. Spiritual preparation can be a painful experience as it was for me. Coming to understand my role in God's plan became to be more apparent as the Lord led me through experiences that confirmed to me that serving a faithful mission, changing my attitude, and becoming a diligent holder of God's priesthood was what I needed to do. My mission has been the greatest thing that has happened to me up to this point in my life. The Lord teaches that through sacrifice and in the service of others we really truly find ourselves and experience happiness. I have found this to be a continual pattern of finding happiness even after my mission.

How I live my faith

Where I work I get to train missionaries that come from different countries to serve in the states. Through that service, I stay close to God. It's humbling to see people who have had all sorts of experiences to sacrifice their time to dedicate it to God. I get to serve in leadership positions in my local congregation, and that helps me to see how God administers in his church. I absolutely love it. I love seeing people help others. It shows me how much better I can do. My ultimate sources of strength come from reading my scriptures and praying. I can't say enough about how much this helps me. Living my faith is a decision that I make every second. I like to simplify things. Being a latter-day saint is really not a complicated thing, and to me it's living by the things that you think would be the right answers.

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

Dallas
I once heard someone say that "Coincidences are God's way of micro-managing the universe." This is something I strongly believe in because I feel "coincidences" occur everywhere. God has a plan and I recognize it by the way that he puts me in the situations I need to be in to be challenged. God is in everything--and by that I mean his hand is guiding everything. The earth is evidence of this. Take, for example, a single cell and all its components and functionalities. Every element has a purpose to take part in a grander purpose. This extends to even greater things that were created by God--the stars and planets. All these things are conducted by some guiding force to aid growth and progression. I know that God exists because humans grow and progress. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Dallas
How do you come to know someone? By positive two-way communication. Heavenly Father has provided a way for us to communicate with him through a simple act called prayer. He responds. He does this through the scriptures, other people, and through his loving Spirit that he sends to us. I think this whole act of praying to him must be aided by a realization of who we're addressing him as--Father. He created us and knows us individually. We can come to know who he his, how he has dealt with others, and much of how he will deal with us by reading what he has already said in the scriptures. He asks us to live commandments to then enable us to come to know him even more. He invites us to live a certain lifestyle that is welcoming to positive feelings and happiness. This lifestyle prepares us to see things in the same light that God sees them. Show more Show less