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Hi I'm Dallin

Hi. I'm Dallin. I'm an existential superfluity. Or I would be, except I'm a son of God. I write and play the piano. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Logan, a city on the northern border of Utah that has a population of 72,000 cows and roughly 49,000 humans. I play the piano and cello and also the accordion, although I am admittedly an awful accordionist. I speak fluent Spanish and love nothing more than finding the funny side of awful situations. I hope to ride a wildebeest someday, but if that fails, I'll study clinical psychiatry. I love walking up mountains and kayaking down rivers and reading books and thinking about things. I hope to someday have a cheerful, contented home with a wife and at least three kids, although the wife will have the final word on that last number. What more can I say?

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in God. I believe that the existence of our universe is a testimony that He lives. By the laws of religion, God is an immortal being who has always existed and will always exist. This is a concept that tends to make the brain explode. However, by the very laws of science, you cannot make something out of nothing, and so if something exists- and SOMETHING does exist- then something has always existed. We can see the hand of a divine creator in everything. Moreover, I believe that God loves us and wants us to have the gospel that will bring us back into his presence. We can obtain that gospel by certain means, such as the scriptures, but the problem with the scriptures alone is that they are subject to personal interpretation. If you and I and any other number of people read the same verse in the same version of the Bible, we could potentially all come away with a different understanding of the laws of God. Hence the existence of 40 different major Christian divisions including an estimated 30,000 denominations. However, there is only one true gospel. Christ did not preach one gospel to part of God's children and a different one to another. In order to learn and stay within the limits of that gospel, we must have a living prophet who is not subject to personal interpretation. If we do not have on the earth a living representative of the Lord Jesus Christ, called and authorized by Him, we must inevitably fall from the gospel that Christ preached. That prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. In short, I am a Mormon because this is where the answers are. This is where the prophets are. This is where the authority is. This is where the peace is. I have seen the hand of God in my life, and I cannot deny it. The name is archaic and the culture is weird, but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church restored by God Himself upon the earth. It is a manifestation of God's love for us. I know it. And I thank God for it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by making an effort to be visible in the defense of what I know to be right in a society that more and more glorifies things that I know to be wrong. My faith has taught me that every person here on earth is a beloved child of God and that we all have the common goal of returning to our Father in Heaven. We are all allowed the right to choose, and God will not force anyone to do anything, and so it is the responsibility of every individual to discover what's right and what's wrong and act accordingly. I am about as far from perfect as a person can be, but I try to find new ways to improve every day so that I can better help my brothers and sisters in Christ to begin understanding the true purpose of our existence and how to fulfill that purpose.