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Hi I'm Dylan

I'm from Illinois, and I compose music. As in my service in Nicaragua, I want to share my gifts and talents to inspire others.

About Me

Hi! I'm Dylan, and I am finishing my undergraduate in music composition/theory at the university level. I love everything about music--playing, composing, leading, singing, etc.--and I hope to be a teacher at the university level. Though I still have much to learn, I call myself a composer and clarinetist because with these talents I have been able to impact the lives of others. Music has been a blessing in my life because it has given me many different perspectives on the world around me and has brought good spiritual influences in my life. Outside of music, I like to play soccer and work out when I find the time. I love movies that are layered with meaning so that I get something new from it every time, and in general, that is what I love about art. I speak Spanish thanks to two years in Nicaragua helping people come unto Christ, and I love Spanish literature and Spanish-speaking people, especially from Central America where I lived. My ultimate goal is to learn to love everyone; I hope to get through this life and be able to know that I have left no unresolved conflicts with anyone. I love God because I have felt His love, and I know that through His Son, Jesus Christ, that love will bring me home--and I want to help everyone I can share in that joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, or member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because God heard and answered my prayers by His teachings in the Book of Mormon and the living day prophets. God knows us personally and will do all He can to give us the best life possible, if we let Him. He gave us His Son Jesus Christ so that we can be forgiven of our sins and mistakes and feel cleansed. Through the Atonement, or sacrifice of Jesus Christ, our weakness becomes strength, and I know that is true. God communicates His message of love by prophets--faithful, normal people called by God to give us His word. Today, God still calls prophets and in His love communicates His Gospel and His great plan for our happiness through them. I depend on the words of living prophets because they have continually changed my life for the better; I have learned to love more and have hope in all my trials. Unlike other denominations, prophets receive the word of God by direct communication from up on high called revelation. I know that their words are from God and know this by my prayers and studies, which have given me the great peace and joy that comes by the Holy Ghost that Christ promised to His followers. So by asking in faith, I receive my answer, and all of the teachings in the Church I know to be true by the confirmation I feel from God's gift of the Holy Ghost. I invite all to read the Book of Mormon because it has helped me understand Christ and be guided throughout all problems and difficulties that I have had. It has helped me become a better person. It was revealed by God to the first prophet of these modern times, Joseph Smith, and since its miraculous translation from an ancient script, billions have felt its power. There is no doubt in my mind of why I am a Mormon and I invite all to try what I have tried--to read, listen, learn, and pray earnestly to know that God has not left us alone but still speaks by His servants and all His scriptures today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by helping everyone I see that needs help and sharing my thoughts and feelings on my Savior, Jesus Christ. I just returned from serving the Nicaraguan people for two years and hope to more actively participate here at home in the community and the church and continue helping those who stand in need have that support and friendship that brings faith, hope, love, unity to all. I am very excited to serve my friends and family by doing as Christ taught by example as He "went about doing good". Hopefully each one of us can bring the world closer united in faith and love by each of our small collective efforts.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Dylan
New members are baptized again because Christ showed us by His example that we must be baptized by immersion to fulfill all righteousness. We are baptized to be immersed in water with our old self and our sins, and to be lifted out of the water new, pure, and without sin. We stay free from sin by being faithful to the baptismal promise--that we will keep the commandments of God. God has declared baptism as an essential step to return with Him again, so everyone must be baptized in order to return to live with Him again. God wants us all to be baptized with this promise and blessing in mind. Baptism is very special and can be seen as a door that opens to a great investment that you can access after the baptism, and you can enjoy all that God has stored inside if you finish your life as you promised to. But for that reason, God has placed with this door an authorized doorkeeper to allow only those who truly intend to follow God to enter in. God has given that authority--called the priesthood--to honorable men in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in order to keep baptism as an ordinance--or sacred ceremony--pure and valid to Him. That authority that we have today was lost for a time due to unrighteous practices, but was brought back by the same John the Baptist who originally baptized Christ. He appeared to the prophet Joseph Smith and the also-called Oliver Cowdery and gave them the authority that now worldwide is in the Church so all can return to God. Show more Show less