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Hi I'm Dain Knudson

I love to sing, I'm passionate about what I do, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a few different places all around the United States. After moving from Arizona to Maryland when I was seven years old, I discovered a love for the outdoors. This love has grown as I have spent summers white water rafting, rock climbing, hiking, biking, and an assortment of other things. Growing up I always was considered social and outgoing, but in high school, discovering a love for theater and preforming really enhanced those qualities. I attribute my attitude of life to a love for God, knowing that He is the reason I have what I have, and also to my parents, who did an amazing job at raising me and my three siblings. I love to help people. I'll admit I'm not always the best at it, but recently I've seen the importance of trying my best. My faith in Christ has grown as I have given my life to serve others, and my love for the Savior has grown as I have encountered and overcome personal challenges and helped others do the same. I love the Savior and, through His love, become committed to the way of life He has inspired me to lead.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I have a firm belief that God and Jesus Christ are at the head of this great Church. I am Mormon because I have tasted of the goodness that comes from reading the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, and know it is true. That knowledge is not something I can deny, because it has been given to me of God. My testimony is something I cannot let go of, because God has given it to me. Like Peter, who knew who Christ was not by flesh or blood, not because it was proved to him, but because it was revealed to him by our Heavenly Father. I have received my witness from God that this is all true. That is why I am Mormon

How I live my faith

I live my faith just as everyone else, day by day. Some days, I admit, are harder than others. We are here to experience the bad with the good, and our faith is what gets us through those times. I live my faith by sharing with others what has made me so happy and trying my best to live a good life. Our works are an outward expression of our faith, which helps to grow our faith. I read a scripture recently that talked about how a tree that isn't yielding forth good fruit is good for nothing, but to be hewn down. That is how I feel with the faith we should have. It is good to have faith, to be a good tree, but unless we are yielding forth good fruit, we are good for nothing. I live my faith each day, day by day, by the things that I do and say.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Dain Knudson
A testimony is a declaration of truth. In court, for instance, the "testimony of the witness" is what the person saw happen. A testimony is basically the same thing, but related to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A testimony of the Gospel is something that our members search to gain and add upon their entire lives. It comes with doing the things that we know Christ would have us do. Things like reading the scriptures, praying daily, attending Church each week, and doing the best we can to follow His commandments and teachings. Gaining a testimony is a personal endeavor. For some, it takes just one spiritual experience and witness of the truth of the Gospel to gain a sincere testimony, like turning on a light switch, illuminating a dark room. For me, however, it has been more like a sunset. Throughout my life, I have done things like read my scriptures, held sincere prayer, and tried my best to follow the Saviors teachings. As I have done these things, I have been blessed with spiritual experiences that have strengthen my belief in the Savior. It is just like a sunset, that rises gradually, eventually filling the world, my life, with light. The light of Christ. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Dain Knudson
Romans 3:23 states that "all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God." This being the case, and it being God's intention to bring us all back into His presence, He foreordained Jesus Christ to be our Savior, someone to come and redeem or wipe clean our sin. That is why Isaiah says "and with His (Christ's) stripes we are healed." Because if the fall of Adam, man became inherently imperfect, and so could not dwell in the presence of a perfect God. That is another reason that God sent Jesus Christ, to make it possible for us, on the conditions of repentance, to become clean and pure through our Savior Jesus Christ. Without a Savior, someone who paid the penalty of our sins, we could not be with God again. So that we wouldn't have to suffer alone, and so that we COULD be with Him again, a Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, was born, lived a perfect life, and died for our sins. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Dain Knudson
We believe that the Bible is the Work and Word of God, that it was given for our benefit. It was given through inspiration to just and holy men, just as God has revealed His word in every age in history. We believe that the Bible is proof that God speaks to men, which is what we believe is happening today. It was what happened to Joseph Smith, just as God spoke to Moses, Abraham, or Daniel. The Bible is the word of God, but our Eternal Father could not contain ALL of His words in one book. He has more to say, and that is our invitation to the world, "come and see." Show more Show less