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Hi I'm Darin

I am an Actor, Director, Writer, Recording Artist, husband & father, &... I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of 5 siblings. I feel fortunate to have found a career doing what I truly love to do. I grew up in Vancouver Washington. In addition to growing up in Washington, I have also lived in Iowa, Idaho, California and I currently live in Utah. I also served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in El Salvador from 1998-2000, where I learned Spanish among other wonderful things. I have a beautiful, ever-supportive, wife whom I married in 2004 and two wonderful little girls. I love sports of all kinds. I find joy in seeking to maintain the constant balance of keeping both my body and my spirit whole. I also LOVE good food... and dark chocolate :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a good family, with good parents and siblings, who taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ. I learned at an early age what it was to pray to God in faith and to receive an answer. I love the scriptures; I know they are the word of God. In a world filled with every wind of religion and every sway of doctrine it is easy for someone to feel that it doesn't matter which one I join or if I join any at all, as long as I believe; but what then of the scriptures? "One Lord, one faith, one baptism... One God and Father of all..." Ephesians 4:5-6; "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace..." Corinthians 14:33; "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." Amos 3:7; "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot... because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Revelation 3:15-16; "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve... but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15. One of the early apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), LeGrand Richards, related the following experience, which I think is quite poignant: “Many years ago a learned man, a member of the Roman Catholic Church, came to Utah and spoke from the stand of the Salt Lake Tabernacle. I became well-acquainted with him, and we conversed freely and frankly. A great scholar, with perhaps a dozen languages at his tongue’s end, he seemed to know all about theology, law, literature, science and philosophy. One day he said to me: ‘You Mormons are all ignoramuses. You don’t even know the strength of your own position. It is so strong that there is only one other tenable in the whole Christian world, and that is the position of the Catholic Church. The issue is between Catholicism and Mormonism. If we are right, you are wrong; if you are right, we are wrong; and that’s all there is to it. The Protestants haven’t a leg to stand on. For, if we are wrong, they are wrong with us, since they were a part of us and went out from us; while if we are right, they are apostates whom we cut off long ago. If we have the apostolic succession from St. Peter, as we claim, there is no need of Joseph Smith and Mormonism; but if we have not that succession, then such a man as Joseph Smith was necessary, and Mormonism’s attitude is the only consistent one. It is either the perpetuation of the gospel from ancient times, or the restoration of the gospel in latter days.’” Former President and prophet of the Mormon faith, Gordon B. Hinckley, said of the foundational story of Mormonism that “It's either true or false. If it's false, we're engaged in a great fraud. If it's true, it's the most important thing in the world.” As interviewed by Helen Whitney for PBS Documentary "The Mormons." I know that The Book of Mormon is a true book; a true record of fallen ancient inhabitants of the American continent; a true witness of the Savior Jesus Christ. It is because of this knowledge that I know the boy, Joseph Smith, saw God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ in answer to his prayer and was called as a prophet to restore Christ's Church to the earth. I could not finish this section without sharing a passage from the amazing book that is The Book of Mormon. Speaking is the prophet, Moroni, son of the prophet Mormon, who compiled the records found in The Book of Mormon; he invites all who receive the book to petition to the only source from which personal revelation can be received... from God Himself: "Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things ('these things' i.e. The Book of Mormon), if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them... I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

How I live my faith

The simple answer here is I ask myself "What would Jesus do?" and that's what I try to do. The non-simple, true principle here is one must not only know ABOUT Jesus, but one must KNOW Jesus to be able to have a sense to know what He would do in any given situation. Obviously, Jesus lived in much different times then our own, however, true principles can be found in His life and teachings that can be applied to all times, even our time. We believe in the gift of the Holy Ghost, or the Comforter, whom Christ said he would send once he left His disciples: "It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter (Holy Ghost) will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you." John 16:7 I seek to receive and follow the guidance of the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit), as He teaches me how to emulate Jesus in my daily life and in each decision I am faced with. To hear and feel the guidance of the Holy Spirit one must be still. I love the story of Elijah in the Old Testiment: "... And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it..." 1 Kings 19:11-13 Finally, I have leaned very firmly on a quote given by the prophet Joseph Smith when he stated: "God said, 'Thou shalt not kill'; at another time He said, 'Thou shalt utterly destroy.' This is the principle on which the government of heaven is conducted-by revelation adapted to the circumstances in which the children of the kingdom are placed. Whatever God commands is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof till long after the events transpire . . . As God has designed our happiness-and the happiness of all His creatures, He never has – He never will – institute an ordinance or give a commandment to His people that is not calculated in its nature to promote that happiness which He has designed, and which will not end in the greatest amount of good and glory to those who become the recipients of his law and ordinances... for all things shall be made known unto them in His own due time, and in the end they shall have joy." Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 256–7 So, there it is... I live my faith by revelation, received from God, adapted to the circumstances in which my family and I find ourselves. Of course, to receive such personal communication (revelation) from God one must be living in a way so as to be worthy of such and as we are all imperfect beings (myself being no exception to this), therein lies the constant challenge of life - to become and remain worthy of revelation. It all comes full circle.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Darin
There is absolutely no substitute for consistent daily reading and studying of the Holy Scriptures. Former President and Prophet, Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985), said: “I find that when I get casual in my relationships with divinity and when it seems that no divine ear is listening and no divine voice is speaking, that I am far, far away. If I immerse myself in the scriptures the distance narrows and the spirituality returns.” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball (2006), 67. The best example I know of in the scriptures themselves of their importance is in The Book of Mormon, when King Benjamin, circa 130 B.C., did the following: "And he also taught them (his children) concerning the records (the scriptures, specifically most of the early Old Testiment) which were engraven on the plates of brass, saying: My sons, I would that ye should remember that were it not for these plates, which contain these records and these commandments, we must have suffered in ignorance, even at this present time, not knowing the mysteries of God... were it not for these things (the scriptures), which have been kept and preserved by the hand of God, that we might read and understand of his mysteries, and have his commandments always before our eyes, that even our fathers would have dwindled in unbelief..." Mosiah 1:3,5 Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Darin
First and foremost we must absolutely not tolerate it ourselves. We must remove any of its influence in our own lives. Second, we must be open and bold in fighting it every chance we receive; we must be even more open and bold in fighting it as it is open and bold in seeking to intrude into our lives. The time of silent defense is past, we must boldly act and speak against this evil disease that infests our society. I did a show recently working with young teenagers and young adults. As we sat around chatting between shows I was only half paying attention to the conversation when I realized what they were talking about. They were making jokes and discussing the viewing of pornography as something that made them laugh... and was "funny" to them. I inquired what they were speaking of because surely they would not speak of pornography as something harmless, or equally as perverse, as something "funny". When they confirmed the subject of their conversation, I felt impressed to boldly tell them how offensive this was. I spoke of how destructive pornography was to our society and to families. I told them it was NOT funny or anything to be laughing about, but a serious disease that destroyed all who subjected themselves to its influence. Immediately after I had said my peace, they recoiled their words and one of the girls said shamefully, "I don't really watch it... I don't think it's funny." We must speak against it. Our society, and more alarmingly, our youth are becoming more and more desensitized to the influences of this awful plague. The world needs to know that it's not OK. Pornography is not acceptable and must be avoided just as we would avoid a deadly infection. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Darin
No; that's the short answer. First, I will say personally I don't want to think about having more then one wife... it seems a little overwhelming and I am very much in love with my wife Michelle. Second, it is important to remember that our ways are not always the Lord's ways, as He states, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." Proverbs 3:5. Polygamy was practiced by a few in the early days of the church but was discontinued in 1890 in order to "submit to those laws... enacted by Congress forbidding plural marriages..." Official Declaration ; Wilford Woodruff, (then President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Mormons-). It should be noted that the President and Prophet of the Mormon church has never directed the members to do anything contrary to the will of the Lord or contrary to what we see in scriptural history the Lord has commanded in the past. A passage in The Book of Mormon illustrates this principle, as it pertains to plural marriages: "For behold... this people... understand not the scriptures, for they seek to excuse themselves... because of the things which were written concerning David, and Solomon his son. Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord. Wherefore, thus saith the Lord, I have led this people forth out of the land of Jerusalem, by the power of mine arm, that I might raise up unto me a righteous branch from the fruit of the loins of Joseph. Wherefore, I the Lord God will not suffer that this people shall do like unto them of old. Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none... For I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women. And whoredoms are an abomination before me; thus saith the Lord of Hosts. Wherefore, this people shall keep my commandments, saith the Lord of Hosts, or cursed be the land for their sakes. For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people; otherwise they shall hearken unto these things." Jacob 2:23-30 Scriptural history shows when plural marriage is practiced without being commanded of the Lord, it is forbidden. As above stated, the Lord generally only commands its practice when He sees fit to "raise up seed unto (Himself)". Throughout the scriptures there are many examples in which plural marriage was practiced and authorized of the Lord. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob of the Old Testiment, for example had more then one wife. Joseph Smith himself inquired of the Lord to know how He (the Lord) justified his servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob among others, in the practice of plural marriage. This is the answer Joseph received: "VERILY, thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Joseph, that inasmuch as you have inquired of my hand to know and understand wherein I, the Lord, justified my servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as also Moses, David and Solomon, my servants, as touching the principle and doctrine of their having many wives and concubines... Behold, and lo, I am the Lord thy God, and will answer thee as touching this matter... Abraham received all things, whatsoever he received, by revelation and commandment, by my word, saith the Lord... Abraham received promises concerning his seed, and of the fruit of his loins—from whose loins ye are, namely, my servant Joseph ('my servant Joseph' i.e. Joseph Smith)—which were to continue... both in the world and out of the world should they (Abraham's seed) continue as innumerable as the stars; or, if ye were to count the sand upon the seashore ye could not number them. This promise is yours also, because ye are of Abraham, and the promise was made unto Abraham... Go ye, therefore, and do the works of Abraham... God commanded Abraham, and Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham to wife. And why did she do it? Because this was the law; and from Hagar sprang many people. This, therefore, was fulfilling, among other things, the promises. Was Abraham, therefore, under condemnation? Verily I say unto you, Nay; for I, the Lord, commanded it. Abraham was commanded to offer his son Isaac; nevertheless, it was written: Thou shalt not kill. Abraham, however, did not refuse, and it was accounted unto him for righteousness. Abraham received concubines, and they bore him children; and it was accounted unto him for righteousness, because they were given unto him, and he abode in my law; as Isaac also and Jacob did none other things than that which they were commanded; and because they did none other things than that which they were commanded, they have entered into their exaltation, according to the promises... David also received many wives and concubines, and also Solomon and Moses my servants, as also many others of my servants, from the beginning of creation until this time; and in nothing did they sin save in those things which they received not of me. David’s wives and concubines were given unto him of me, by the hand of Nathan, my servant, and others of the prophets who had the keys of this power; and in none of these things did he sin against me save in the case of Uriah and his wife; and, therefore he (David) hath fallen from his exaltation... I am the Lord thy God, and I gave unto thee, my servant Joseph, an appointment, and restore all things. Ask what ye will, and it shall be given unto you according to my word... (Now, here is the reason the Lord at times has commanded the practice of plural marriage) ... to multiply and replenish the earth, according to my commandment, and to fulfil the promise which was given by my Father before the foundation of the world, and for their exaltation in the eternal worlds, that they may bear the souls of men; for herein is the work of my Father continued, that he may be glorified. And now, as pertaining to this law, verily, verily, I say unto you, I will reveal more unto you, hereafter; therefore, let this suffice for the present. Behold, I am Alpha and Omega. Amen." Doctrine & Covenants Section 132 Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Darin
Christians, or devout followers of Jesus Christ, have existed long before Christ came to the earth; Christians existed long before the "Bible", as we know it now, exists. Captain Moroni, great military commander and patriot told of in The Book of Mormon did the following circa 73 B.C.: "... and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land... And those who did belong to the church were faithful; yea, all those who were true believers in Christ took upon them, gladly, the name of Christ, or Christians as they were called, because of their belief in Christ who should come. And therefore, at this time, Moroni prayed that the cause of the Christians, and the freedom of the land might be favored." Alma 46:13,15-16 I LOVE this passage! The people had sought "to destroy the church of God, and to destroy the foundation of liberty..." which Moroni took very seriously. Mormons are, or certainly try to be in every act, true followers of Jesus Christ; therefore, they are indeed Christians in every sense of the word. One of the Mormon apostles, Jeffrey R. Holland, recently addressed this very question perfectly; please look it up: Jeffrey R. Holland, “‘My Words … Never Cease’,” Ensign, May 2008, 91–9 Show more Show less