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Hi I'm Dale Jr.

I'm a DJ. I'm a writer. I'm the funniest guy you'll ever meet. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. I was a a full-ride scholarship athlete, and part of the US Navy's Delayed Entry program, where I took the SEAL challenge. I had a hot girlfriend, a car, and enough credits to quit going to school after the state track tournament, where I was highly favored to win the 100m Dash, 200m Dash, and 300m IM Hurdles. Then, as I was driving to a lake just outside of Lincoln for a school project, the front tire on the passenger side burst and the axle caught the road and flipped my car over twice. I've been in a wheelchair ever since, and that was October of 2000. I'm not the type to sit and sulk, though. I got right back up and started trying to do things. And I was never really mad at God, just frustrated with Him. It wasn't until a couple years after I found the church that I started to realize why I went through some of the trials I have. Now, I'm finally getting my life put back together again, after 3 resets.

Why I am a Mormon

I had searched for a religion for most of my high school life. Due to a couple experiences I've had, I know without a doubt that there is a God, and He has a son named Jesus Christ. And I felt, if they were true and real, then Jesus probably set up some rules and regulations for those that believed in Him, beyond the 10 commandments. I mean, we're human- we can't make it with just one rule. Ten can't be enough. So, I started doing some investigating. I loved the baptist ministry that I got to go to when I was in LA when I was younger. They sure knew how to feel the spirit and celebrate God. But, the fact that there was a different church with a different message every other block was disheartening. And I really believe that the Jews are God's chosen people, so I figured that if nothing else, they'd get a pass on Judgment Day when they find out Jesus was who he claimed to be. Then, a year after my car accident, some Elder's knocked on my door. They gave me the Book of Mormon, and told me a little about who Joseph Smith was. I've always been open to discussing religion, so I listened. Then, I read what they asked me to read, and was flabbergasted. I wouldn't believe that God had called a young white boy to lead his church, when every other Prophet has been African/Middle Eastern. So, I started trying to prove the book wrong. But there was just no way that a person Joseph's age, with his level of education, and the resources available at the time, could have made the book up. I consider myself incredibly intelligent, and I know that I couldn't fabricate a book of that magnitude. And I've read the works of other people who have tried (L. Ron Hubbard, anyone?), and there's no power there. Since I just couldn't believe or understand how Joseph Smith could have made it up, and have it grow to be what it is today, I knew it must be a miracle. And I'm not dumb enough to ignore a miracle when it's in front of my face. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Well ... I pretty much just live my life. I'm out and about all the time. I work full-time, and I'll be going to school full-time shortly, too. And you might be surprised, but I like to go dancing at bars and clubs, especially if there's live music. I don't drink. I don't smoke. I don't cuss. I'm not disrespectful, and I avoid situations that may seem inappropriate (grinding never was dancing, to me). And I'm more than happy to talk to anyone and everyone about why I live my life the way I do. And when people compliment me or comment me about how strong I must be to go out and do what I do, I try to pass the kudos on to where they belong. God's been good to me. I couldn't do half what I do without him. And I try to make sure that everyone who knows me well, knows that.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Dale Jr.
For me, the Holy Ghost is that security blanket that Jesus sends me when I need a little something, since He can't be here to give me a hug himself. With how often God blesses me, and how often I can see His hand in things, I'd say I'm really used to 'feeling the spirit.' I mean, it's like an every day thing for me, so to me, it's not really that remarkable. It's pretty darn obvious, to me. But, for the folks that haven't learned to see miracles everywhere, the Holy Ghost is just waiting. See, everybody has good days and bad days. In fact, for me? I feel like I tend to have more than my fair share of bad days. Or, at least less than my fair share of good days. I gotta struggle a lot just to tread water. But, thanks to my frequent and fervent experiences with the Holy Ghost, I know God's still looking out for me. And I know that, even at its worse, it wouldn't be that good without God. I've learned to see where He scoops me out of the muck on a regular basis. And when you get in tight with the Holy Ghost like that? You stop worrying. You stop being afraid. Because you know, and I mean really KNOW, not just believe and not just hope, you /know/ that God is gonna get you through it. Even in the times where I've come close to the edge, I knew that God had the reigns. Doesn't always mean it's gonna turn out how you want it to. But I know that no matter how it turns out, God knows what he's doing. And I know that thanks to the Holy Ghost in my life. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Dale Jr.
Most people would tell you about reading, and praying, and doing things of that nature. And yes, those are excellent and the most direct ways to know that it's true. And I'm telling you, It's True. But some people are too stubborn for that. Like me. There was no way I was going to believe that some white kid in 19th Century America was called to be a prophet of God. He had to have made it up. So, I started reading. Now, I consider myself very intelligent. I also consider language and writing to be one of my areas of expertise. I feel that I'm very well-educated, both in language, and in history, with at least a modicum of understanding in geography. With all of my knowledge, training, and expertise and everything else, there is NO WAY IN THE WORLD that I could /ever/ complete a work on the scale of the Book of Mormon. It would take me decades of research and study before I could even CONCEIVE of the details in the book. And even if I were going to plagiarize the Bible for the majority of the work, the WRITING would take years. Joseph Smith managed to bring forth this book with a 5th grade education, without the internet, and without so much as reading over what had already been written down. Even if he was a savant, wouldn't that still make it a miracle? But if that's not enough to convince you, then I dare you to read it, and pray about it, like I finally did. It is the Word of God, and He has restored His church to the world today. Finally. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Dale Jr.
The first thing I'll tell you about our services is that they can be LONG. I mean, we meet for three hours a day, and EVERYBODY attends Sunday School, not just kids. And sometimes, it can feel a little tedious, going to all the meetings. But, the second thing I'll tell you is that if it feels like a chore to go to your meetings? You need to be there that much more! One of the things that I love about our church, and that lets me know that it's really God's true church on the Earth at this time, is the way that you can always feel the spirit, at any meeting, in any city, any where. The structure of the meetings brings the spirit. Opening with a prayer, singing a hymn, it gets God's attention. And since nobody gets paid to preach, nobody has an ulterior motive to speak. At least, I've never experienced it. Sometimes, the speakers aren't so great at giving the talk. But, having given a few talks in my time, the talk isn't always for the audience, sometimes it's for the speaker, themselves. But I have never gone to a meeting where people have not been happy to see me, even when I didn't know a soul. Apparently? Mormons love meeting new people, because unless you're really quick, you can't get out of the building without introducing yourself at least five or six times. Finally, it doesn't matter how long you've been a member, there's always something there for you. A new perspective on a doctrine, an innocent testimony, or a new revelation. It's there. Show more Show less