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Hi I'm Dakota

I love math. I enjoy reading about quantum mechanics. I'm a picky eater. I'm a gamer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a teenage boy who absolutely adores mathematics. I read all the time from a wide variety of genres and topics that includes Shakespeare, Greek mythology, comics, fantasy, science fiction, and quantum physics. I am a very logical person who enjoys watching Star Trek and Star Wars. I've been told I'm a decent cook, but I'm also a very picky eater. I collect rocks, coins, and antique keys. I'm pretty skinny and get cold easily, but that isn't much of a problem, since I live in a desert. I've read both the Harry Potter and Twilight series, and I'm about to begin the Lord of the Rings series. I don't play any sports whatsoever. However, I love playing chess. My parents got divorced when I was too young to remember, but both have remarried. I live with my mom and step-dad and visit my dad and step-mom in the summer. I have one brother and one sister, both older and both married. My grandparents live in the lower floor of my house, and we installed an elevator for their convenience. It isn't one of those chairs that attaches to the stairs, either. It's a full blown up and down elevator.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the gospel and always had very encouraging parents. Throughout the past six or so years, I've gained my testimony in an unusual way: using logic. I've heard some people say that reason has no place in religion, but I believe that any true church should make sense in every aspect. It is through this quest to explain my religion through logical arguments that first led me into the study of quantum physics. I often look for rational explanations of how a miracle may have come to pass, which slightly lessens their appeal, but I am instead amazed that the prophets could predict the events with such accuracy. In this, I show my faith in an unusual way. I still have yet to explain the miracle of the loaves and fishes, but I'm working on it.

How I live my faith

In my ward, I am one of two members in charge of teaching the ten year-olds. This year, we have been assigned to teach lessons regarding the old testament. In preparation for that, I have been learning a lot of Hebrew, some of which I share with the class when it's my turn to teach. I also give ten percent of my income to the church as a tithing. This is used for many things, such as building temples, printing the Book of Mormon, humanitarian aid, supplies for sunday school, and paying for scout outings.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

As stated in our eighth article of faith, we believe the bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. In Church meetings, we typically use the King James' Version with special footnotes written by Joseph Smith. These footnotes typically contain a corrected word or phrase and rarely change the meaning of the original verse. In addition to the Bible, we also view the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price as Holy Scripture containing the word of God. Show more Show less