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Hi I'm Dallas

I am a former journalist, lawyer, and congressional staffer. I now work as a lobbyist in the Western US, and, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a number of small towns in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming and I consider myself extremely lucky to know some of the hardest working people on earth. I love to run (I take my children with me and promise I have to buy them ice cream if I succumb to parental pressures and give them a lecture while running). I love to read books, ride bikes, and to help state and local governments improve their communities.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 11 years old my family was moving from a small town in Wyoming to a much larger community in Montana where my father was starting a new job. We were excited about the opportunities and could not wait to get settled in. As we were taking our first load to our new home, our trailer jack-knifed and we ended up blocking all west-bound traffic on a busy four lane highway. As the cars backed up a crowd of people pitched in to help us clear everything to one side. One truck, however, didn't stop. It drove through the crowd and missed everyone but my youngest brother, Charlie, who, at age 7 was not able to get out of the way. My other brother, Steven, however, saw Charlie was still in the way and went back to save him. But it was too late. Both Steven and Charlie were hit by the truck. Charlie was killed instantly and Steven lived for just two more hours. As I sat in the hospital having just heard the news that we had lost not one, but two, family members on the same day, my mother bore her testimony of the Plan of Salvation and how we would be able to see Charlie and Steven again. She talked about the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and how He made it possible for everyone to be resurrected and for us to live as families -- forever. I was in shock and could barely function, but I heard my mother's voice and I held on to the hope of the gospel and committed myself right then and there to do everything I could to be worthy of the blessings in store for those who keep the commandments and endure to the end. I am Mormon because I know Christ lives and has overcome death and sin, and that through Him I will be able to be with my family even after this life.

How I live my faith

My father was a high school principal, football coach and math and science teacher - which meant we moved a lot and had to learn how to make friends quickly. My father set the example and spent many hours talking to people at the post office, grocery store or church about their kids, the way the school was being run, the weather, taxes, presidential elections, the price of hay and/or cattle, or whatever else was on their minds. After many of those conversations my brothers and I ended up helping someone carry wood, move furniture or move irrigation pipe. At the time, I wondered why my father loved to talk, but later I learned he was laying a foundation of service in every community in which we lived. Whenever he met a new person he always asked, "how can I help you?" My wife and I have lived in five different states where we have followed my father's example of service. Being a Mormon makes this easy. Everywhere we go we find a group of people who welcomes us with open arms and who relies on us to dig in and be an active part of the community. Because we have lived in so many different places we've had a variety of opportunities to serve. We have taught Sunday School, been Cub Scout and Boy Scout leaders, planned parties, organized community outreach efforts and delivered uncounted meals to friends and neighbors who have been sick, lost loved ones, or welcomed new babies into their homes. Every place we go we find ourselves falling back on the same principles and patterns taught by my father: talk to people, find out who they are, find out what they need, then dig in and help out.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

We need a Savior because no matter who you are, or how hard you work, you are going to make some stupid mistakes in your life and you will find yourself all alone praying for help. I can't tell you how many times I have been pulled out of the deepest pits of despair by the simple knowledge that, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I can repent and be saved. Every time this happens to me I pray, I realize my Savior loves me - that He is rooting for me, and wants me to be happy, and I find a way to confront my mistakes, set things right, and move forward with new hope for a better day. I still have scars and I still make mistakes, but with His help I can work through those times and know it will be all right. Show more Show less