Hi I'm Dallas
I was a missionary in Moldova. I returned home to become a husband, a father, and a statistician. I'm a Mormon.
I am a husband of 10 years and father of three kids (a son and two daughters). I hold a Master's degree in statistics from Purdue University and currently work as a clinical data scientist for a cancer research lab in Indiana. I love to travel! I have visited 29 states and 8 other countries outside of the US. It is my goal in life to visit all 50 states and every European country (many trips already in planning stages). I speak English and Russian, but I am fascinated with all other languages; I just don't have opportunities to develop them. My language bucket list includes Slovenia, German, Irish, Icelandic, Swahili, Xhosa, Modern Greek, and Arabic. Of course, any language would do. I am interested in music. I have been singing in choirs since I was 4 years old, and I am self-taught on the piano. I also have an odd instrument collection consisting of a didgeridoo, bodhran, pan flute, bongo drums, and an ocarina.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born into the LDS church, and I have always stayed active in the church. I have had many times where I have struggled to live its principles, but I have always believed and known that they are true. That constant reminder has helped me to return to my own true standards and to move those standards closer to Christ's. I will be forever grateful to all my ancestors who chose to accept the gospel and raise their children according to its teachings. I know that Jesus is my Savior, and I feel such an overwhelming awe when I think of all He has done for me. All of His creations are truly sent to gladden the heart and enliven the soul (see Doctrine & Coventants 59:18-19).
How I live my faith
I serve in my local congregation as an instructor for a group of men. Most of the men in my group are college students who are raising families at the same time. I teach about two lessons a month. This opportunity to serve helps me to stay focused on the scriptures daily. It causes me to be prepared to teach people of a similar age with similar experiences. Without a knowledge of the scriptures, I would not be able to help others gain a testimony of Christ. I have goals to memorize passages of scripture or quotes from church leaders that touch or inspire me. Having these words constantly on my mind allow me to have a safe haven to go to when Satan sends his temptations my way. They are words that can comfort me when I am experiencing a trial. They allow me to be prepared with answers to questions that people may have about life. I do not claim to be a gospel scholar or a scriptorian, but I absolutely love reading gospel literature of all kinds. I love to learn how to improve myself as an individual, a husband, a father, a friend, and as a holder of Christ's holy priesthood.