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Hi I'm Dylan

I'm a communications/political science major, a news junkie, and and outdoor lover!

About Me

I am currently a student at a University studying communications and political science. I grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho and have loved being so close to the mountains--something I love. I love the Scouting program and have been very involved throughout my life. I love serving others, working with people, politics, the news, having a good laugh, and trying new things. I love life and I love being a mormon. I just returned from my mission in the Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mission and loved every minute--I loved the opportunity to serve the Lord each day and spread the gospel to the people I love in Oklahoma.

Why I am a Mormon

There is no other choice to me--I have come to know, through my own study, prayer, and experience that this is right, that this is the truth. I have seen the Lord guide and direct me to this path. Throughout my life I have seen the Lord guiding me, showing me what is right, and what things will bless and help me the most and the same is true with the church. I was born into the church and was raised going to church, etc but came to know for myself it was right. I cannot even begin to describe the peace that comes as I pray, the happiness that living the gospel brings. I was sitting in a missionary meeting the other day and was absolutely exhausted but I was so happy. I thought to myself "why am I so happy today? It doesn't really make sense!" The gospel is the only reason. It is true. It brings peace and happiness through Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet, the Book of Mormon is true, the Lord has restored his church. You can know that too--just give it a look, pray about it, and let the Lord guide you.

How I live my faith

Every day I pray, I read my scriptures, and I try to live the standards of the gospel to the best of my ability. I do my best to apply the doctrine of Christ--to build my faith in Christ, to repent of things holding me back, to keep and honor the covenant I made at baptism, to qualify each moment for the Holy Ghost, and then to endure faithfully to the end. It's a process, I'm not perfect, but I'm trying to do better each day. I just returned from serving as a missionary in the Oklahoma City Mission sharing the gospel with the good people of Oklahoma. Each and every day we would wake up, immerse ourselves in the scriptures for two hours, then hit the streets and work with people to help them come closer to Jesus Christ from 10-9, seven days a week! There has been no greater privilege in my life to help people learn about Christ and his great plan for each of us--it is so obvious to me that he loves each and every one of us! I have seen so many miracles as the Lord changes people and performs miracles in so many lives. Each day I am amazed at the patience, love, and mercy of the Lord. It is the gospel, and trying to live it each day by reading my scriptures the Book of Mormon and Bible, saying my prayers, and trying to become Christlike one action and choice at a time that can bring happiness and joy to our lives, that can help us to keep moving forward throughout our lives. I am constantly trying to serve, to be out there lifting people and bringing them to Christ and I am so glad that I' can serve the Lord!

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Dylan
 The church does not endorse any particular political party but instead encourages its members to be involved, to be good citizens, to educate themselves, and to participate in the political process. If we don't agree with a particular principle we are expected to use political processes to try to bring about change and reform. I am so grateful for a church that encourages my free thinking, my independence, and a wide-variety of views and opinions. It doesn't tell me how to think or who to be but teaches me correct principles and then allows me to use my ability to choose to do what I think is right. Show more Show less

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

Dylan
 I love the outdoors, love camping, hiking, and being out in the fresh air. As I have spent time outside it has become apparent to me that God really is there, there are so many signs as you look at the complexity of the universe, yet his influence in each little moment of our lives. The Book of Mormon calls these the "tender mercies" of the Lord--they are plentiful, many may call them coincidence, but to me--they are God. I also feel that he answers my prayers. I can remember many times receiving answers to my prayers. One time we were hiking on a Scout hike and ended up on the side of a mountain, with everything giving way beneath us, hanging on for dear life. I remember being paralyzed with fear, unable to move. I was absolutely terrified. But then I prayed short, sweet, and simple. I asked for help, and all of a sudden I was able to get up the mountain--not at all by my own power. That moment changed my life, God is there, he is in control, he will help us out of life's trials--big or small. That is why I know there is a God. Show more Show less