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Hi I'm Dakota Jones

I'm a missionary in Tampa, Florida who hopes to bring the light and happiness of the gospel to anyone that needs it. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and am now attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where I am majoring in Chemistry, although I am still trying to choose between chemistry and chemical engineering. In addition to chemistry, I have also enjoyed learning about astronomy and any other branch of science and learning more about how this world works, reading, cooking, gardening, running, hiking and just spending time with my family of six - I have three sisters. I am now going to preach the gospel in Spanish in Tampa, Florida.

Why I am a Mormon

Since I was very young, I attended the LDS church with my family and learned of the fundamentals of the gospel. However, I also feel that it is very important to gain my own testimony of the Church and understand that it is actually true rather than just something I've been conditioned to believe is true because of how long I've been a member. This can sometimes be challenging, since I've never belonged to another religion. Any time I read the Book of Mormon, I find passages that are very clear and meaningful, and that can be directly related to what I am experiencing at that time in my life. The Church's emphasis on families and helping them to last forever through saving temple ordinances is also great. I hope to bless others' lives on my mission as I find those people who want gospel truths but are "kept from the truth because they know not where to find it".

How I live my faith

Living the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints influences every day of my life and is not confined to church. At church, I and other members helped to make the sacrament possible by blessing the bread and water and passing it to the congregation. During this ordinance, I think of the things I have done the past week and where Christ's gospel and Atonement could help me to improve. In addition to the sacrament, talks and lessons given by other members can easily be personalized and applied to questions or difficulties that I have as the Spirit delivers their truth to me. During the week, practices such as prayer, scripture study, repentance, and thinking about how well my actions compare with the life of Jesus Christ, strengthen my testimony and tie me to the faith. Running an LDS ward is a daunting task, and everyone can contribute in some way. In the past, I have planned activities for early morning seminary, managed sacred tithing and fast offering funds as an assistant ward clerk and prepared the weekly programs for sacrament meeting. All callings are important and necessary. Joining the Church and living the gospel fully is life-changing.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Dakota Jones
Baptism is one of the first principles and ordinances of the gospel, and, beyond simply being a way to be washed clean from our sins, is a saving ordinance that is required to become a full member of the Church and progress down the path to eternal life. By being baptized, we are following the example of Jesus Christ because he, too, was baptized, even though he did not have any sins that he needed to be cleansed from. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Dakota Jones
Anyone can attend church, regardless of their situation in life or in their family, and it is a great way to better understand what Mormons believe and how they live their lives. You will be able to attend up to three meetings during the block, one of which will involve a larger ward group and offer a chance to take the sacrament (communion). During all meetings, there will be talks or lessons prepared by members that are designed to help us draw closer to Jesus Christ and learn of his gospel. On the first Sunday of the month there is no scheduled program for the talks in sacrament meeting and any member of the congregation is free to take the podium and say what they believe about the gospel (their testimony). Show more Show less