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Hi I'm Dallen

I'm a nerd. I'm a punk. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a nerd. I love Star Wars; love Star Wars. I'm a huge fan of Sci-Fi and more recently Steampunk. I still play my Gameboy every once and awhile: Pokemon all the way. I'm also really big into the Indie-Game Humans Vs. Zombies. I love it so much because it lets me be my true nerd-self for a week at a time, while slaying zombies with my suped up Nerf Guns. I say I'm a punk because I love rock music, longboarding, and snowboarding; activities that are always associated with "punks." I have a real soft spot in my heart for a really cool guitar riff, fantastic arrangements of musical genius, and just cool music in general. I play the guitar, and am a bit of a collector of guitars; I have five right now, though one may be dissembled for a later upgrade. I absolutely love playing my guitars, especially my electric guitars; just ask my parents about that. I've been a snowboarder for a couple of years now and it's always one thing that I really look forward to when the snow starts to fall. It's something that I think I've had a natural inclination too, though I'm not planning on going to the Winter Olympics or anything that awesome. Longboarding is a new love that I discovered as a senior in high-school. It gives me something to hurt myself with during the summer, and for some reason that's fun to me. It gives me something to work for.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I was born into the church. I chose to be a Mormon not long ago. Growing up I was very active in the Church. Both my parents served missions—not to say serving a mission gives you for a strong testimony: it helps. We attended church services, went to activities, and built relationships with other members. I had a pretty idealistic upbringing. As a teenager I was dumb, like most teenagers, and had a little rebellion. My testimony went dormant: I think it was waiting for me to find my footing again. My lack of good judgement continued with me to college. In college, I lived in the dorms, had lots of fun, and didn't really think about church. I was between half-active, and inactive. I didn't make it my priority to get in touch with the members in the area, go to activities, or even participate in meetings. I was heading for indefinite inactivity. But then I had, what I like to call, my "Tyler Durden" moment—ironic to relate such an experience to a not-so-family-friendly character. I realized that my life wasn't going the way I wanted it to, I wasn't doing the things I really wanted to do. My choices and my goals weren't in the same equation. So I decided to change, dust off my testimony, rebuild, and strengthen. I'm now preparing to serve my Mission. The results are amazing. School feels easier, life is blissful, and I'm happy again. I feel the atonement of Jesus Christ working in my life. I'm a Mormon because I chose to be. I know it to be true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my best to do what our Savior Jesus Christ would do to the people around him. I want to serve them, help them out, share with them my testimony of the greatness of the gospel, and love them for who they are, not what they are. Right now I'm preparing to go to Recife, Brazil (a coastal city right up on the bump) and I hope to be a light (like an astronomy observatory laser beam!) to those who need the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ in their life; which in reality, is everyone! I pray all the time to be an example and do my best to live in a way that I would think is an example. I'm not perfect, far from in fact, but I hope that I can do something good to inspire those around me to do something good as well. I'm also a big supporter of reading the Book of Mormon. Even before my time in the MTC I loved to read the Book of Mormon and ponder it's messages. It truely testifies of Christ and his love for each and every one of us. It speaks to me in a way that is unique and wonderful and everytime I read it, ponder, and pray with sincerity and real intent of its truthfullness, I receive an answer from the Holy Ghost. The Book of Mormon is amazing and is written by our Heavenly Father through prophets who lived many thousand years ago, to the time of Christ's coming to the Americas, and several hundred years after his coming. I add my testimony to Jospeh Smith's in saying that the Book of Mormon is the best way for a man to come closer to God.

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

Dallen
My favorite way to look at this is through a little visual demonstration. Imagine a point in space. This point is the Bible. By definition, you can draw a straight line out of that point in a infinite number of directions. This is the various interpretations of the Bible. Now imagine a second point being drawn somewhere away from the original point. This is the Book of Mormon. Now we have two points, the Bible and the Book of Mormon, both the word of God revealed to the world. Draw a line connecting those two points. "...In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." Doctrine and Covenants 6:4. And if you want to add a third witness to appease that scripture, add another point somewhere along that line. That point is the Doctrine and Covenants, revelation given primarily to Joseph Smith, with additions made by later Prophets. All testify of Christ. All contain his Gospel. We also learn from the New Testament that Paul told the Thessalonians (2 Thes. 2:1-3) that there would be an Apostasy, a loss of Priesthood power, authority, and covenants, before Christ came again. When all the apostles and disciples who held the Priesthood were eventually killed, or died, the Priesthood went with them. With the Restoration through Joseph Smith, we have all that Christ established while on his Earthly ministry. This is my understanding of things, with a little help from the scriptures. If there are mistakes, they are the mistakes of a man, not an organization. Show more Show less