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Hi I'm Dallin

I'm a student. I'm a Christian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student at Arizona State University studying biological sciences. I'm hoping to be accepted into dental school to enter a career of dentistry. It's not always easy to be young, single, attend ASU and live my faith. Most of my peers and many close friends are interested in partying and living that sort of lifestyle. For me the choice is simple; I live my faith because it makes me happy.

Why I am a Mormon

For me it's simple. It makes me happy. The moral principles taught are true. If you were to ask a psychologist, "what brings authentic happiness?" He would probably say this: True happiness is an enduring quality and doesn't come from short-term pleasure. Momentary pleasure exists for a short time but authentic happiness is something that must be worked at and requires effort and challenges. The Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches correct principles which are to be worked at constantly. Jesus taught that we should love and serve others. These things bring true and lasting happiness. I know that God lives. I know that Joseph Smith saw Him and His son Jesus Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament that Jesus Christ is indeed our savior. I love Him.

How I live my faith

So being a young single in the "mormon" community is definitely interesting. Instead of going to a normal congregation, all the singles meet together on sundays to have our worship services. Is it a ploy to get us married? Yes. But I love church. I love the peaceful feelings I get every Sunday during church. Meeting as singles is actually a huge blessing. We are all in the same boat. Most of us are students trying to get through school. Most of our problems are similar so we can help each other out. It's basically an awesome support group system.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Jesus, talking to the apostle Peter, said, "And I will agive unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" These keys that Jesus refers to is the priesthood, which is Gods power on earth given to man to act in the name of Christ. Peter and the apostles were given this authority to carry out the work once Christ had gone. However, the apostles were martyred and the priesthood was gone. The early Christians continued to follow but lacked priesthood leadership. To illustrate, In 325 AD Constantine held the Council of Nicaea to define the essence of God, Christ and the Holy Ghost. The Nicene Creed declared the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost to be abstract, absolute, transcendent, immanent, consubstantial, coeternal, and unknowable, without body, parts, or passions and dwelling outside space and time. In such creeds all three members are separate persons, but they are a single being. Councils such as these corrupted the pure doctrine of Christ. It was clear that there needed to be a "restitution of all things" that Peter prophesied in Acts 3. In 1820 a boy knelt in prayer asking God where to find the truth. Young Joseph Smith saw God and His Son Jesus Christ. He was called to be a prophet and received the same priesthood given to Peter. The priesthood of God is on the earth today and the same church exists today with apostles and prophets. Show more Show less