Dalin Earls introduces himself as someone who is not a cyclist.
This very same BYU student, though, is currently completing a trip on which he will bike to all 17 Utah temples.
Earls began this trip on Wednesday, July 13 and plans to have completed it by July 27. He calls it the Utah Pedal Pilgrimage, a trip that will be around 1,200 miles.
On his blog, he said, “I am seeking adventure. I am seeking growth. I am seeking health. I am seeking a stronger relationship with my family. I am seeking a way to show God how grateful I am for all that he has done for me. Over the past year I have experienced success, stress, acceptance, loss, love, hurt, travel, and coming home. I have felt God through this roller coaster of experiences and am excited to dedicate a journey to him.”
Earls has now biked to the Logan, Brigham City, Ogden, Bountiful, Salt Lake, Jordan River, Oquirrh Mountain, Draper, Mount Timpanogos, Provo, Provo City Center, Payson, Vernal, and Monticello temples. You can see Earls with his family and occasional company at these temples on his Instagram account.
He has done more than just bike to these temples though. Earls has entered the temples and performed ordinances such as baptisms for the dead, confirmations, sealings, and an endowment.
Earls wanted to visit every Utah temple since he came to Utah about four years ago. He considered visiting all of the temples over a summer, or seeing one a month. However, after traveling to Hindu and Buddhist places of worship on an internship, he realized that he can put the same effort into seeing all of his own places of worship—LDS temples.
Now he is biking along, making a physical and spiritual impact on himself and those who are here to see it.