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Hi I'm Dakota

I grew up in So Cal. I write piano music. I study Aerospace Engineering and play basketball at MIT. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up, my mother always made me practice the piano. I hated it but eventually I became skilled enough to write and improv my own music. Ever since then I have fallen in love with playing and writing piano music. I guess mothers do know a thing or two about what their kids want even if it isn't fun at the moment. After being raised in California for all of my life I landed in Massachusetts at MIT for college. I just finished my freshmen year there and loved it, minus the cold. I am studying Aerospace Engineering and also play on the basketball team. This year we won our conference and advanced to the Division 3 NCAA tournament where we lost in the first round. I started 10 games and gained rookie of the year honors.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church but soon realized that I must know for my own self whether the gospel of Jesus Christ was really restored to the earth almost two hundred years ago. I studied other religions such as Hinduism, Catholicism, Mormonism, Atheism and other Christian sects. From all of my searching I was led back to believe in restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I started with a testimony of God, our dear and loving heavenly father. I love 2nd Nephi 2:13 which really outlines the logic of why there has to be a God. It says "And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away." Then I decided to study the Book of Mormon and soon realized that the only way to know whether the book was the word of God or not was by the power of the spirit. After reading it, I felt the spirit very strongly that it was true. Alma 32:28 describes my feeling which says: “Now, we will compare the word unto a seed [this being the Book of Mormon in my case]. Now if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed...it will begin to swell within your breasts; and...ye will begin to say within yourselves – It must needs be that this is a good seed, that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.” Then I sought for a knowledge of the divinity of Jesus Christ. John 15:26 says “But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.” I keep a spiritual journal and because of every manifestation of the spirit that I have ever felt I know that Jesus Christ really is the Savior of the world. Thus my searching for the truth has led me back to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. And so here I am, a Mormon.

How I live my faith

This summer, I am dropping my studies, athletics and music to go on a two year service mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is something that I have always wanted to do but it was a harder decision than I once envisioned it being. There is so much I am leaving behind but I know that the service I will be doing will be of so much more worth than any individual accolades I could've gained had I chosen to stay in Massachusetts. I have been called to serve in the Singapore Mission which covers Singapore and Malaysia. There I will be serving and teaching the people about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in the Mandarin language.