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Hi I'm Daren

I'm a father, an entrepreneur, a student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married with four children. I try to play golf, but I'm not very good. I'm a private pilot. We are home-schooling our children for the first time this year. I'm an entrepreneur/own my own retail business. I'm also going to school right now to get my MBA.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a protestant church. We were pretty regular church attenders when I was little but gradually fell away as I grew older. When I was married, my wife and I started attending a protestant church again, but eventually left even though we have many wonderful friends from our association there. I was never fulfilled with my experience in church. I often felt like there had to be something more: a consistent gospel-based message that reinforced that small voice that guides and directs my life. When I found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I felt like I was coming home. Never in my life had I looked forward to going to church, but now I can't wait to get to church on Sundays. My family and I regularly attend a local congregation whenever we are traveling and it is still the same, consistent message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love what I have learned since becoming a Mormon. Most of all, I have grown to love and understand the atonement of Jesus Christ and how that can work in all of our lives. It is a blessing for me when I fall short and it truly helps me to forgive others when I feel I have been mistreated.

How I live my faith

We attend Sacrament meeting every Sunday no matter where we are. We regularly spend time together as a family and specifically try to make Monday evenings a regular family event. I have worked with the young men in our congregation since being baptized and am currently serve as the Scoutmaster for our Boy Scout troop.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

My bishop the leader of our congregation taught me an excellent lesson about this subject. We need to be self-reliant so that should the need arise, we will be able to help and support those that are less fortunate that we are. While that could be a temporal self-reliance emergency savings, food storage, etc., it is also spiritual self-reliance. If I run into someone at work or on the street that is facing spiritual crisis, I can only help if I have prepared myself by studying scripture, praying to heavenly father, etc. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

It's pretty simple. We tithe 10% of our increase. The interesting thing about the financing of Church operations is the lay ministry. All of the local leaders are unpaid. They hold full-time jobs and serve the church in addition to their personal responsibilities. As a result, the church can afford to pay for every new piece of land and every new building before construction even begins! Another beautiful aspect of church finances is the internal church welfare system. Members fast for two meals on the first Sunday of each month and donate the money that would have been spent on those meals and often much more to the church in the form of a "fast offering." Those funds are then used to help those members who may need assistance during a difficult time of their lives. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

When I found the church, I just went online and found out where the closest church building was located and what time it met. Then I just walked in the door and sat down. People tell me that my story is a little unusual, but I highly recommend it. I knew so little about the church. I was very nervous as I sat in the parking lot and decided to walk in. But it felt easy and comfortable. The interior of the church was clean and plain. I appreciated that very much. After that initial Sunday, I met with the missionaries who taught me the basics of the gospel. I read passages from the Book of Mormon and prayed to know of their truthfulness. The light of Christ was able to witness the truthfulness of it to me. So, in a nutshell, to join the church: I came to church, learned the basic tenants and doctrine of the church, and prayed to know if this was as good as it seemed. When I got that confirmation, I asked the missionaries when I could be baptized. Show more Show less