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Hi I'm Darren

I grew up in Colorado. I love the outdoors and high adventure activities. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Colorado was my home for all my teenage years, and my parents still live there. I cherish my growing up years, and love the mountains and outdoors. I make it back to Colorado once or twice a year to ski or to visit my family. I now live in Minnesota, which although is a bit colder in the winter, is a really nice state to live in. While attending college, I met my wife, and feel so blessed to have been able to share the last 21 years as her companion and friend. We have two sons, ages 14 and 15, who are active in sports, reading, playing the piano, and scouting. I truly love coming home from work and playing catch in the yard or going to the park to play Frisbee golf (only a summer activity to be sure). After graduating from college in Idaho, we moved to Minnesota where I entered physical therapy school and now work as a physical therapist. Many things endeared us to the Minnesota niceness, and we now call Minnesota home. I enjoy biking, camping, running, and playing basketball. Twice we have gone as a family and several other times I have been to the Boundary Waters Canoe area in northern Minnesota. There is something about the amazing clear lakes up north that keeps drawing us back.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother grew up in a Mormon family. My father converted to the Mormon church as a teenager. I grew up in a large family third of seven kids who were very active in the Mormon church. I loved the closeness of our family, and enjoyed the friendship and good feelings I had attending weekly church meetings. As a youth, I enjoyed the scouting and young men's program. I am a Mormon because I love what the Gospel of Jesus Christ does for me and my family. Life is about more than working, playing, getting more things. Going to church each week reminds me of a bigger picture, a bigger plan that God has for us. I have a testimony that we have a Father in Heaven who loves us and cares about the details of our lives. While I always had good feelings growing up in a Mormon family, a changing moment for me was the first time I read and studied the Book of Mormon. I love the feelings of truth, peace, and rightness I get by reading that book. The Book of Mormon has strengthened my understanding of the Bible and helped me know our Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I serve in the church as a home teacher, and for the last several years have served as the Bishop of our ward. As a Bishop, or local minister, I get to know the members of our ward more closely and have the opportunity to provide counsel and spiritual guidance. I live my faith by daily doing my best to fill my spiritual cup through scripture study and prayer. I am very much humbled and so dependent on the Lord for guidance day by day. One of my favorite experiences as Bishop is the opportunity I have to work with our youth. I am continually impressed by the examples, faith, and testimonies the young women and young men have in our ward and love the strength and example they bring. Through my church service, I have grown closer to my wife and family and see firsthand the blessings of the atonement of Jesus Christ.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Mormons believe that all of us are sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father, and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone. Worthy young men and women are asked to serve 18 to 24 month proselyting missions to share the Gospel with all of God's children. The Savior taught that the worth of souls is great in the sight of God. Jesus Christ set the example by leaving the 99 to find the 1 lost sheep. Mormon missionaries spread the good news of the gospel to all who are willing to listen - they spend much of their time finding the 1 lost sheep. They carry a tremendous spirit about them and carry a life changing message to all who will listen. Show more Show less