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Hi I'm Dalton G.

I'm trilingual, I suffer from an incurable sweet-tooth, I love ground fighting, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up all over the United States, spent two years in Mexico City, Mexico, and a few months in Panama City, Panama. My Dad is a family practice doctor and my Mom has always stayed home with the kids. I spent a lot of my childhood in Idaho, but I spent my teenage years in Virginia and Mexico. I have lived most of my life suffering from severe, undiagnosed ADHD which created lots of problems for me in school. I didn't focus easily and so I fell short of my full potential. I was diagnosed with ADHD after my first semester of college and I determined from that point on that I would never let it hold me back again. As for myself, I love to read. If a book catches me I just won't be able to put it down until I'm finished. I believe that sad endings are just stories that haven't finished yet. I was never super interested in sports until just recently. Whenever anybody asks me what sports I like to play, I just tell them, " Well, I'm not coordinated well enough to be good at anything involving a ball, so I just like to beat people up!" I love Brazilian Jiu-jitsu(BJJ). I found all my friends at college in the BJJ class and we all went to the club together. Later that year I ended up becoming vice-president of the club and I loved it. I grew up speaking English, I speak Spanish fluently now, and I'm learning Samoan and loving it!

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't always know that the Church was true. I grew up in a home with a stable family with parents who taught me to love Jesus Christ and to try to act the way he would. But as I grew older, me parents just telling me those things just wasn't enough. I started to stray from the things I had learned because I thought that I could figure out my own way to be happy. I felt confident that I knew all of the stories from the Book of Mormon and that's how I justified not reading the scriptures. The old saying, "If you don't know what you stand for, you'll fall for anything," is very true. Without knowing exactly what it was that I stood for, I fell and I fell hard. Very slowly, but surely, I found myself moving towards a lifestyle that made me unhappy. I surrounded myself with friends that encouraged me to do bad things and I fell along with them for things that could never bring me satisfaction in my life. It was at that point that I felt compelled to get down on my knees and ask God if he was really there and if he really did care about me. My answer didn't come all at once, but it did come. Sometimes when I prayed, I felt this overwhelming sense of peace and happiness, but other times I just felt a small, quiet assurance that I am a child of God. God has needed to remind me a few times of the answer he gave me. I was only able to reach that point by getting to know him and his will through the scriptures and my own sincere prayers. I know because of what I have read in the Book of Mormon and the Bible that God is my loving Heavenly Father and that Jesus Christ is his Son and my Savior and Redeemer. That knowledge influences every choice I make. It's a part of me and that testimony drives me to follow the words of God and his living Prophets.

How I live my faith

One of the ways I live my faith is by telling people about Jesus Christ and what he has done for us. I feel that if I didn't share his love with others then I wouldn't really be experiencing it for myself. I love to tell people that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that through him we can be forgiven and cleansed of our sins. I know that he wants us to return to live with him and our Heavenly Father someday and I don't want to try to get back alone. I want to bring as many people with me as I can. Another way I live my faith is by serving as a full time missionary. I have chosen to serve God for two years of my life wherever he will send me doing whatever he asks me to do. I was called to serve in the California Long Beach mission. I have served in the cities of Buena Park, Long Beach, and Pico Rivera. Most of my work has been in Spanish speaking congregations. Then I was assigned to serve in Samoan speaking congregations and I love it! Spanish was easy for me to pick up since I had spent four years learning it and I had lived in Mexico. Samoan is a beautiful language filled with poetics and proverbs which makes it very difficult to learn. It is completely foreign to anything I have ever experienced, but I love learning it. As I have struggled to learn this language, my love for the people of Samoa has grown. I have had to turn to God in prayer, with all my heart, to help me learn Samoan. Giving and honest effort to learn their language so that I can serve them better is a way that I can show the love I feel for them and the trust I have in my Heavenly Father. I believe that we must live by faith otherwise, we can never be happy in this life. I live my faith by trusting in God throughout each day, facing each twist and turn with happiness and optimism. I could never keep the smile I have on my face if I didn't have faith that because of what my Savior has done for me, I will return spotless and clean, to live with him someday if I do my part.

What is faith?

Dalton G.
Faith is a deep, abiding trust in someone or something. The only type of faith that can lead to salvation is faith in Jesus Christ. When you have faith, you not only believe in who Jesus Christ is and what he did for us, but you also do the things he asks us to do. Faith is the way that we allow God to work in our lives and change them for the better. When righteous men and women exercise faith, God can perform miracles through them. The dead have been risen, the sick healed, seas parted, and mountains moved because of God's mercy and love for his children in their time of need when they have consistently expressed strong faith in him through righteous living. Faith is not obtained through one powerful spiritual experience. It must be cultivated over a long time. Faith is developed and strengthened by reading the scriptures, praying, being exatcly obedient to the commandments, serving our fellowman, and hearing the testimonies and teaching of others. As you pray to your Father in Heaven for faith, he will help you to strengthen your trust in him. Faith is a gift from God and he helps us to increase our faith by speaking to us through the Holy Ghost and supporting us through trials and challenges. Trials should not endanger our faith, but strengthen it. If you exercise your faith in God and trust in him at all times no matter the situation or danger, he will support you and your faith will grow. Show more Show less