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Hi I'm Dakota Curl

I grew up in Indiana. I am going to college to help make animals in captivity more comfortable. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am on only child to parents who are very recently divorced. I am 19, and I am attending college to hopefully get a degree in animal sciences. Even though I am in college I have not had many experiences. I have never had a job, and I have only done about 20 hours of volunteer work at a zoo. Although I have worked in a lab over a summer while in high school. This was a good experience, and taught me a lot. The biggest achievement I have in my life though is how much work I have put into historically restoring a hotel to mirror the 1890's. We have gotten very far from where the previous owner had left it.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a household that believed in God, but never really said anything about him. We never talked about religion, and the only thing that I was taught was to avoid using the lord's name in vain. When growing up I questioned everything, and eventually started questioning the truthfulness of God. This was always in my head, and I came to the conclusion that I had no idea whether he was real or not. I began to classify myself as an agnostic. I believed there could be something, but it hadn't been proven to me yet. So fast forward to when I was 18 and still had no idea what I believed. My parents had told me after I left for college that they were getting a divorce. Cue the spiraling depression and grades. I had eventually become so depressed that I was not willing to go out and do much, and I was spending a lot of time alone. My grades began to drop because I couldn't bring myself to do any of my work or study at all. These things all continued until the end of the semester. I ended up barely passing two of my classes. Over winter break though I was invited to go to an institute class with my girlfriend, and I said yes. I was interested to find out what Mormons believed since I grew up with a few friends who are in the church. At the meeting they talked a lot about stuff that I already believed in. So naturally I started meeting with the missionaries. My first meeting with the sisters ended with them asking if I wanted to be baptized, which caught me off guard, but I said I would think about it. I started having weekly meetings with the sisters, and began to realize through prayer that the church is true, and talking about what I believed already. I began to pray about everything after that, and was eventually baptized about a month and a half after my first experience with the church. Every time I go to church I just feel myself get even more happy. So through the gospel I was raised out of a dark point in my life. That is why I will forever be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am actually a participant in two different branches. One where I go to college, and one back home. I do not do much at the one by home, because I was baptized at college and have had most of my religious experiences there as well. However I have just received my calling, and I am a counselor to the Sunday School President. I have not done much with it yet, but I plan on helping out as much as possible. Another thing that I have begun doing is home teaching. This is a good way that I have started to get to know some people more. I love that it is a time for us to help whoever we were assigned.