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Hi I'm Eli D.

I grew up riding horses, reading books, and loving life. I'm a student of happiness, leadership, freedom, and Christ. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm an 18 year old kid who just graduated high school. I'm obsessed with living a better life. I study figures such as Tony Robins, Darren Hardy, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, the prophets, and our dear Savior Jesus Christ. I've grown up working on my dad's horse ranch and doing well in school. I play Ultimate Frisbee competitively, and I work out as often as I can, but my biggest hobby is thinking, learning, and writing. For me it is thrilling to work through a set of problems, concepts, and words till I get to the meat and potatoes of the matter. Yet above all, what thrills me the most is the power of the Holy Ghost as it trickles through my soul and says, "This is truth."

Why I am a Mormon

There are many legitimate reasons to be a Mormon. But they all fall into one whole--truth. I am a Mormon because I feel that what the prophets have revealed is true. That Priesthood authority is an actual covenant that God honors, and that families are intended to continue forever and ever. Jesus Christ suffered not only for redemption--but for exaltation. He is at the center of it all. He is the Great I Am who led the prophets and covenant peoples of the Old Testament, and He is the leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints today. Despite my fancy with intellectualism, logic, and reason, nothing sings to my soul like the Gospel of Jesus Christ revealed through His chosen prophets, saying the things that He said, and Doing the things that He did. "This is truth," the lyrics say,"now do something about it." "This is beautiful!" the lifting crescendo and inspired words unify in chorus. My heart swells within me, and my spirit dances to this music of truth every time I listen. This is truth. This is true. This is God's plan: to exalt His children, to lift them up as high as they will choose to go. C.S. Lewis once said something to this effect: "When all is said and done, there will only be two types of people--those who say to God 'Thy will be done' and those to whom God says 'Thy will be done.'" God wants the Very best for us! And He uses so many tools to pull the very best out of us. He has inspired leaders whom He called Himself. He's given us scripture, and through the Priesthood we can be given the Gift of the Holy Ghost. He has temples, and churches where we learn of His plan. And we can pray--He'll answer. I am who I am because I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. You can do the same thing and receive an answer for yourself! I earnestly witness everything I am, my whole soul, my life, my fortune, my sacred honor, to the verity of this Church; it is the Kingdom of God on earth. Warmly, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. :)

How I live my faith

Living my faith is the most rewarding and joyous thing in my life! Nothing in my life would be right if I hadn't gained the personal drive for excellence that came as I read the Book of Mormon in Jr. High--the fist time I received a 4.0 GPA, the beginning of my commitment to eat healthy, and the birth of a kid who values wisdom all began with studying the Book of Mormon. I have also studied and enjoyed D&C and the Bible. The church has a program for teenagers called Seminary. It's a class that we can add into our school schedules where we sing hymns, participate with wonderful teachers, and study the scriptures. This past year, as a senior, I was given the opportunity to be called as Seminary Council President. What that means is that I was chosen to lead a group of seminary students who, for the seminary, are basically like student government. We're not elected though; we're chosen by the teachers, and then we are interviewed and set apart by our stake leaders. (They're wonderful leaders. Interviewing is a very uplifting thing--not scary at all :) That's a similar thing that happens with all callings in our church. There's no pay, and you dedicate hours of your time--it's a beautiful thing. But the best part is actually doing it, cuz the Holy Spirit fills you up as you're doing what's right, and you feel inspired in your efforts. The thing is God blesses those who work hard for Him. Callings are actually one of my favorite things! The most important callings are in our own homes though. God loves families, and He designed them for us. So at my dad's house, we read scriptures and pray at 6:30AM before the bus comes. On Mondays we have a thing called Family Home Evening, and at night we have family prayers again. Before we have a meal we pray, and we pray personally when we wake up in the morning and before we fall asleep at night. We, myself included, dedicate many more things than even that. The gospel of Jesus Christ is our most important treasure.