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Hi I'm Dax

I am a college student from Connecticut and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Junior in college at Brigham Young University, but I live in Connecticut with my two parents and my siblings: one brother and two sisters. I have two dogs (breeds unknown), and I love to sing and act. I also enjoy dancing (ballroom to be specific) and I enjoy learning about the world: cultures, music, philosophy, etc. I love to explore the world around me and enjoy sharing those experiences with others. The world is full of adventure and knowledge just waiting to be discovered and I hope to uncover as much of that as I can. My dream is to travel the world as an international businessman and share my adventures with a lovely woman and family.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into the Mormon faith, I wasn't really "born a Mormon." I think if you ask anyone of my faith if they were born a Mormon from the start they will say, "No, I was converted to a Mormon later in life" even if they have been a Mormon their whole life. I feel the same way, and what this means is that while I did grow up learning about the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a Mormon, I didn't really become a Mormon until I knew for myself that what I was learning was the truth. Throughout my life I have had wonderful experiences that have shaped me into who I am and with these experiences I have been into positions where I had to decide what I truly believed in, without being able to rely on what my parents wanted me to believe. Generally, people will say that the tough experiences in life have caused them to come to God and choose to believe in a religion. However, I personally feel like the tough as well as the positive experiences have caused me to come to God and choose to follow Christ as a Mormon. There have been times where I have done so well in school or in a production, and then immediately recognize these successes as blessings, since these successes have come at levels I know I am not capable of achieving alone. Also, there have been times when I have felt alone or had my heart completely crushed, but then immediately felt a calming spirit or an impression to pray to my father in heaven. That spirit/impression has always resulted in a feeling or thought that has changed my life, and has always reminded me that I cannot even think to deny the truth of God's existence. I know without a shadow of a doubt that there is a loving God who is the father to everyone on this earth, and as such He wants to be involved in everyone's life and help them become truly happy. I'll end this by sharing a recent impression I received in a difficult moment of my life: "I do these things because I love you." I truly know He loves me, and that's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I was born and raised a Mormon, but I've seen life through the two worlds of Mormonism: life as a Mormon in Utah, and life as a Mormon anywhere outside of Utah. I have learned so much about myself as well as my religion through living in both Utah and Connecticut, and I am really blessed to have had the chance to live in both places. Back in Utah, I served as a clerk in the ward, so I would handle the number crunching in the ward which really has helped me feel more excited about being an international businessman. Here in Connecticut, where I have lived the majority of my life, I have served in various capacities in my church. I have played the piano for some of our weekly meetings for about five years, I have been in the presidency of different youth groups in the church three different times, and currently I am teaching two wonderful six year old children each Sunday with the help of my sister. For the past five years I have also served as a "hometeacher" wherein I visit a group of families / individuals once a month and see if there is anything I can do to help them as well as deliver a Gospel message to them. My church has a Boy Scouting unit, and through the program I became an Eagle Scout about four years ago. My involvement in the church has always extended beyond just Sunday service, in the form of practicing piano throughout the week or visiting those I serve during the week, so I really can say that the involvement of a Mormon in his religion extends far beyond just the Sabbath day of each week.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Dax
No one is required to do anything in this Church, to be quite frank. However, men are highly encouraged to serve a 2-year mission, while women are given the option to or not so that they may be able to focus on starting a family or other similar pursuits. Going back to the men, though, it can seem like men are socially pressured to the point that they have to go or they will be "shunned" from Mormon life. This is totally false, though, which I have personally seen. It was hard for me to accept the call to serve a mission, especially this year because of relationships and school. In fact, I at one point said I would not go. However, no one looked at me differently or was disappointed in me, and in fact people stood by my choice with encouragement, knowing that I could make my own choice to serve a mission or not. I ended up choosing to serve a mission, however, after I prayed and pondered the idea for a long time and I will be serving a mission in Peru until the middle of 2015. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Dax
This is always a tough topic around friends of mine with me. The world is changing and evolving and people are seeing more than ever the importance of equality and loving your fellow man. However, in a world that is constantly changing, it is important to have a foundation so you don't get swept up in the whirlwind of change and lose yourself in opinions and differences in defining morality. This is why for the issue of homosexuality I always base my feelings on some key principles of the church: that all men are free to choose, love one another, and marriage is a sacred establishment. Thus, as Mormons, we accept and love everyone, regardless of if they are attracted to the opposite sex or the same sex, and we serve them because they are God's beloved children, just like us. However, God created man and woman for the purpose of reproducing and for bringing new life to the world to fulfill His designs, and thus marriage, the joining of a man and woman, is extremely sacred. This is why Mormons do not believe in same sex marriage, and why I personally do not agree with changing the foundation that is marriage into something that God did not originally design. I personally think same sex couples should be allowed to have civil unions or legal unions similar to marriage, as it is their choice and they want to spend their lives with someone they truly love. However, I think it is unfair to give the "marriage" title to same sex couples and insult its sacred nature. Show more Show less