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Hi I'm Dylan

I'm a college student. Fueled by music and books...and tacos. I've gotta be doing something active. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in California where I grew up in an active LDS family. Growing up I did a lot of swimming and played a lot of water polo. Trying to juggle morning practices with early morning seminary wasn't always easy, but working things out with coaches and seminary teachers made it managable to graduate from seminary and still play for the teams. Another huge part of my life has been the guitar - whenever I get a chance I love to sit down and play. It's awesome to see the power of music bring people together to just sing, be creative, and have a good time. But whether it's jamming with some friends or just playing by myself, it's a good time indeed. Currently I'm serving as a missionary in the Michigan Detroit Mission. It's been a blessing for me to be able to see others add their testimony to the reality of the restored gospel and the power and hope it brings all of God's children.

Why I am a Mormon

People may think that growing up in a Mormon family pretty much makes the decision as to whether or not the children of that family will embrace the church's beliefs too. True it plays a role in influencing the decision of that child, but if you found something as awesome and complete as the restored gospel you'd want to do all that you could to help your children build their lives on it. And thankfully my parents did just that. I grew up going to church and was taught to read my scriptures and pray. So I did. But there did come a point in my life where I wanted to figure out what all this personally meant for me. I thought about Joseph Smith's experience where he wanted to know the truth for himself and asked God to show him the way. I wasn't very old at the time, but I remember thinking to myself, hey if Joseph Smith could find out for himself then so could I. It wasn't all at once that I got my answer, and it wasn't just one prayer, but as I put that conscious effort in, that casual "going through the motions" was replaced wtih a solid knowing. More experiences throughout my life, some tough and some just awesome, have confirmed to me that this really is the path that leads to happiness - both in this life and the life hereafter. And not just temporary happiness, but a kind that is from God and that only His gospel can bring. Without a doubt family and friends have played a role in encouraging and confirming it's all true. And ultimately, I'm a Mormon because I feel with my whole heart it's what God wants and expects from me.

How I live my faith

Right now I'm serving as a full-time missionary in the southern part of Michigan. It's the coolest thing I've ever done. We get to go out and work all day, every day to help others come closer to Christ. Someone once told me that the proof that the Church is at least doing something right is that all of the 19 year old kids going out representing the Church haven't messed everything all up yet. Ha and that's a good point; the Lord definitely leads this work and is the one really performing the miracles. I've learned that when we really live the faith, do the things that the Lord asks us to do, we find that our lives are more fulfilled and opportunities pop up to help others realize this too.