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Hi I'm Dallin Merrell

I love sports. I was on my high school's football and basketball teams. I love to hike and get outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

You might call me a hiker because I have hiked the Grand Canyon 3 times now, and pictures do not do it justice. The Grand Canyon is breathtaking when you hike down inside of it, and that is why I love to get outdoors on a good trail to see those views in person. I also enjoy playing sports. I played on my high school's football, basketball, and track teams. Needless to say, when the NCAA Basketball tournament, also known as March Madness, is on not many things take precedent over it. I enjoy spending time with my family. Whether it is hiking, playing ball, or even a movie night at home, my family is fun to be around. I am currently serving a mission in Argentina for 2 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the happiness and joy that the gospel brings to me. I know that the Lord loves all his children, and He has a plan for us to return to Him because of this love. Through this plan, we can be with those we love always in happiness, and the very knowledge of the truthfulness of this plan brings hope into my life, which hope springs joy. I know Christ also gives us hope and joy because he died and atoned for our sins. When we turn our lives over to Christ is when we can find that happiness as well. There are many ways that humans seek happiness in this world, but I have found it here in the LDS church. I do not have to seek for where happiness lies because I have found it. In the end if I do all I can to serve the Lord, I know I can receive the ultimate joy of living with our families in the presence of our Savior. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In the church, I have done many things from planning activities, to giving lessons to youth groups, to doing service projects. One of the neatest things about some of the callings that I have had in the church is that I have been able to be acquainted with many people, especially the youth. I have formed lasting friendships with many of them, and these callings have also given me the opportunity to see the good in others. It is amazing how willingly so many different people will react to opportunities to help those around them. Though we live in a world with so much turmoil, there are so many good people doing simple acts of kindness daily that uplift us all. That is why I live my faith because I have seen the good in many people, and I know that through faith in the gospel, that this goodness can be quantified even more.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Dallin Merrell
Mormons do believe in the equality of men and women. Some people believe that this Church leans heavily towards male dominance, but this is untrue. In fact, one of the largest women's organizations in the world was started by the LDS Church. This organization is called the Relief Society, and within this group there are all women leading officials. Also, the LDS Church believes that fathers and mothers are to "help one another as equal partners." Fathers are to primarily "provide the necessities of life and protection for their families." On the other hand, mothers are responsible for the "nurture of their children." In cases where there is only one parent, such as a single mother, the responsibilities of both parents are put into one. These parents, especially mothers, are highly respected for their efforts to provide for their families and will be greatly blessed for their efforts along the way. In closing, Mormons believe in the equality of men and women everywhere. Men should have the utmost respect for women, and when a man and woman are married their partnership strives to be a unified, not male dominated, relationship. Show more Show less