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Hi I'm Dahlin

I'm a big-time sports lover, oldest of nine, and I'm serving as a missionary in the Arizona Phoenix Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a military family, and I'm the oldest of 9 kids. They're all awesome and a little crazy, but it's a good balance and they keep me on my toes. Spent time growing up in Arizona, California (twice), Texas and Alaska, and my family's in New Mexico now. I love sports; my time in high school was spent in the gym or on the field primarily and I love the feeling of being able to compete and challenge myself physically and mentally, and I'm hoping to be able to play baseball in college, too. I was raised loving music, I enjoy playing various instruments and singing (though others may not appreciate it very much... :). I'm serving a mission for my Church in Arizona, and it really is the best place on earth. I'm a blessed person, that's for sure! I love my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, I guess is the basic reason why I'm a member. One thing that really gets hammered into you as a member, though, is that we need to have our own conversion process, otherwise the title of "member of the Church" is pretty empty. I never really searched for that conversion until I realized that I didn't really know if I was converted. One thing I learned is that when our actions reflect our testimony, that's when we are on the right path to true conversion. I am working towards that full conversion, and realizing more and more that this Church has the "words of eternal life", and will get me closer to God. I have felt Him in my life, and the logical basis behind this restored gospel is indisputable. I love it, and as I am trying harder to live it, I know that it's true because of what happens when I live it.

How I live my faith

I definitely didn't do as good of a job at living my faith in school. I mean, I would do the basics--never smoked, drank, messed with drugs, messed around with girls--the stuff it seems a lot of kids are getting into; I basically classify myself as one who just didn't do bad things, instead of exemplifying the virtues I believed: I just kinda went with the flow and didn't try and share it the way I should have. I found this was true especially in sports, a lot of the people and kids around me were getting into stuff that I knew was inappropriate; I figured that as long as I recognized it was bad and didn't do it, I was doing ok. Over time, though, I found that wasn't good enough, so I tried to not only NOT do sketchy stuff, but to have all of my actions show who I was and what I believed. I had great examples of friends who did just that way better than I did (shoutout to Charlie Tappen--check out his mormon.org page http://mormon.org/me/CRZ9/Charlie) and from them, I learned more fully how I can live my faith. I got tested hard right after I graduated when I started getting a lot of offers to play college baseball. Baseball is my love, and I had always wanted to play college ball; that being said, I knew that I needed to be serving a mission for the Lord because He's said all 19 year old (now 18 year old) should, not could, serve Him on a mission. So, although pretty much all of the coaches said I wouldn't have another chance if I left and served, I decided to turn them down. Honestly, I was bitter about it at first because I felt a mission was more of an obligation for me than a desire; but like He always does, God has showed me why it is He's needed me where I'm at. Now, I'm realizing that my decision to serve is the greatest decision I could've made and I'm gonna leave my baseball dreams in His hands.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Dahlin
We believe that everyone living on the earth is an infinitely beloved son or daughter of our Heavenly Father. He has restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ through a modern-day prophet, and this gospel brings joy and eternal happiness to all that learn and act on it. Because all of God's children are equal, we seek to follow the admonition of the Savior, shown throughout His mortal ministry among the people. He shared the gospel constantly, whether through his acts of service or through his teachings--He has called us to do the same. When we choose to serve missions either in our youth or older in age, and we put on the name tag bearing Christ's name (either physically or figuratively), we are pledging to follow His example. Proselyting is our way to show Him that we love Him and Heavenly Father's children enough to take time to serve them and because we know how much it can bless the lives of those who do not yet have the benefit of having it. Show more Show less

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

Dahlin
The authority of God has been manifest in and through His prophets and apostles (and in modern days, those righteous and called of God), and is called the priesthood. While the people to whom prophets ministered and administered were righteous, they were blessed to retain this priesthood authority among them; conversely, when those people were wicked, the Lord withdrew His power among them. This happened a number of times in the Old Testament, and in the New Testament, we read of that authority of God once again being used to minister to His people through the Savior, Jesus Christ; He held this priesthood authority and was at all times using it to minister to the people. However, the decadent society in which Christ labored ultimately crucified Him, and the priesthood He possessed was given to His apostles. The apostles continued to administer to the people as authorized representatives of Christ, but, like Christ, were all killed: the priesthood they held was no longer on the earth. The Bible, though the word of God as far as it is translated correctly, was edited and changed, and the fullness of the Gospel therein was lost. Therefore, a restoration of the fullness of the Gospel and therefore the priesthood and authorization to act in God's name needed to be restored. This was done through a divinely ordained, modern-day prophet, Joseph Smith. Now, all the blessings contained in the fullness of the Gospel is now available to all mankind. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Dahlin
We believe family to be the divinely appointed organization of God's children on this earth. He knows the joy that can come in well-maintained familial relationships because we are all sons and daughters of His, and are therefore part of His family. A core principle of the gospel is that as we maintain righteous families and as we strive to remain faithful to the laws and ordinances of the gospel, we may be blessed with the opportunity to be united with our families for time and all eternity; the joy and happiness we feel in our families, or the potential for such happiness, is something our Heavenly Father wants for all of us. Through the restoration of the gospel, we learn that this is possible through the power and authority of God once again restored to the earth. This authority allows those with that authority to seal marriages and families not only on earth ("til death do you part"), but also in the eternities with our heavenly family and our Heavenly Father and our Elder Brother, Jesus Christ. Those who follow the example of our Savior and strive to be strict in their adherence to His gospel may one day realize the fullness of joy and the blessings associated with the principle of eternal families. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Dahlin
The definition of "cult," if properly understood, defines almost all religious organizations as "cults": a cult is a "system of religious veneration and devotion towards a particular figure or object." All Christian-based religions do this--they worship our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. We do the same. Show more Show less