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Hi I'm Dylan Wright

I grew up mostly in southern California where I played lots of golf. I am serving in the Texas McAllen Mission, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have just finished my freshman year at UC Irvine and am now serving in the great Texas McAllen Mission. I enjoy many sports especially golf, basketball and volleyball. I was raised in Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with all of my family being members and have lived in Maryland, Chicago, Washington, Southern California and now Southern Texas where I live now. Throughout high school I played competitive golf and love to spend as much time as I can on the golf course. I also enjoy playing pick-up basketball with whoever will play! My first year of college was awesome and learned a ton both in school and outside of it. I was able to attend a Young Single Adults Ward during my attendance in college and lived with some great members of the Ward there. There, I was able to prepare myself to start my own life alone and was blessed to have tons of support in the are of Newport, California. As of now, I have served in the Texas McAllen Mission for over a year and have loved every moment of it. I have seen my testimony grow and serving others has proved to be the best way to lose yourself in the work of the Lord. When I return home to California I plan on finishing school, obtaining a career, and starting my life as a truly converted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and continuing my purpose in inviting all to come unto Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Many might wonder what sets the "Mormon" religion apart from all of the others, and why it is all so different. However, the doctrine taught is no different from the doctrine taught by the Savior in His earthly ministry. In fact, it is the same! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains a fullness of the Everlasting Gospel and was restored by a prophet, called by God. Having grown up in the gospel, I never really took full advantage of this fact. Once grown up, I decided to ask for myself if these things were actually true. I never doubted, actually I always assumed the gospel to be true, having felt the spirit so much in my life and having seen the blessings of it in my family. The testimony, or knowledge of others, however, is not sufficient for us to build off of. So, having studied, read, and pondered, I knelt down and prayed to ask God in the name of Jesus Christ if those things were true. Immediately after, I felt a strong feeling in my heart that warmed my spirit. I knew it was true. The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is the best tool in finding out for yourself if the church is indeed true. As the promise states in the Introduction states, all who read, ponder, and pray about the book will come to know it's truth by the power of the Holy Ghost. By knowing this, Joseph Smith was indeed a Prophet and in truth restored the true church of Jesus Christ. I love being a member of this church. It truly has blessed my life and the lives of those in my family. I know it is the way to true happiness and brings blessings into our lives. Life will never be easy, the only way to climb higher is to be going uphill, but God promises that he will always strengthen and guide us with what we need to do.

How I live my faith

Everyone that knows me, member or nonmember, knows I am a Mormon. I live my life not being afraid to stand up for what I believe in and eager to answer any questions people have about the church. In high school and even my first year of college I had many opportunities to share my beliefs and even uphold my standards. Now, serving a mission is the ultimate opportunity, challenge, and proving ground to fulfill and even greater purpose as a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ. As James teaches in the New Testament, a faith without works is dead. My faith is put in action, or even to the test, everyday as I serve and teach the people in Southern Texas. Contrary to what some people might think, the purpose of a missionary is not to change faiths or convince people, but to bless their lives by inviting them to come unto Jesus Christ. That invitation is crucial in the principle of faith. Just like I must live my faith by works, so must all others. Our invitation as missionaries includes; reading the scriptures, coming to church, praying about our message of the Restored Gospel, and being baptized by one holding the restored authority of Jesus Christ. I know through first and second-hand experience that by doing those things we may attain true happiness in this life and Eternal Life in the life to come. How someone might live their faith is shown in their everyday actions. If we pray and read the scriptures daily, attend church weekly and serve others we show our Father in Heaven that we love Him and that we truly believe in Him.