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Hi I'm Darren

I grew up in California. I went to school. I go to work. I'm a 30 something dad. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California, served a two-year church mission in London England, studied philosophy and history during undergraduate studies and Islam for a Master's degree. The highlight of my education was 6-month study abroad in Jerusalem. I have been married for 10-years and have four children: 8, 6, 4 & 3 months. I grew up playing soccer and volleyball but rarely get around to doing that anymore.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have to be--not that anyone compels me to be but because my experiences living the gospel of Jesus Christ as restored through Joseph Smith bind me to this faith. God is everywhere in this church: in its meetings, its members, its ordinances, its scripture as it is with the Bible. I am a Mormon because when I study the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the light of its precepts, I feel God draw near to me; His presence brings peace, understanding, and sense of goodwill toward men. This faith fills me with a sense of confidence, meaning & purpose.

How I live my faith

I hope I am friendly, patient and forgiving. I hope I teach my children to be the same way. My primary strategy for doing this is to point them to Christ through scripture, by displaying his image in our home and by providing examples of self-sacrifice in my own life. As with all Latter-day Saints, I have regular, assigned duties that change from time to time. These provide me an opportunity to get outside myself and serve others both inside and out of the church. Currently, I teach gospel principles to about 30 men approximately my age. Preparation can be time consuming but the benefits always outweigh the costs.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Without Christ and His grace, no one would be saved. Somehow through his miraculous atonement, Christ made it possible for anyone willing to do what he asks to attain salvation. We believe that both parts--the grace and the doing--are required. Christ's grace opened the door of salvation to all mankind. He bids us come to him through the door by way of good works and obedience. Show more Show less