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Hi I'm Darwin

I'm a family man, a scouter, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the ninth of ten children and had the joy of growing up with many other relatives as well. Aunts, uncles, and cousins often came to our home to visit. Some of my sweetest memories are those family times because everyone shared their love for our Heavenly Father, our Savior Jesus Christ, and His restored gospel. They also shared their love for each other and for our country. Many of those treasured stories were of experiences of relatives serving as missionaries in places all around the world. When I was 19 I served as a missionary in Canada for two years preaching the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, helping people to learn about it, gain a testimony of it, and live it's teachings so they could have it's blessings in their lives. When I returned home I was blessed to find my wonderful wife and begin our own family. Over the years we have been blessed with six children and three grandchildren. They are our joy and are the very heart of the gifts of God and the purpose of life. Most of the years our children have been home schooled and or private schooled. This has been a big commitment, but has blessed us with so much more precious time together. We have two sons serving as missionaries now and two precious teens still at home. I work as an Engineer. I have greatly enjoyed the wonderful training provided in scouting, for adults and youth and have served as a scout leader in all three scouting programs. Backpacking and the leadership programs are favorites.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have come to know for myself through study, prayer, and the witness of the Holy Ghost, that it is true. I was raised in the church and taught the gospel all my life. It was the very center of our lives and was never far from our conversation. Part of that teaching was that I was responsible to come to know for myself. As a young person listening to the experiences of my family members, I first knew that they knew. As I learned and pondered and asked in prayer more, I came to know for myself. I came to know what the influence of the spirit feels like. It was peaceful but powerful. It was harmony of mind and heart. It rang true to the very inner most feelings of my being. As I matured and became a young adult that conviction was tested as I had an opportunity to offer the sacrifice of my time, money, and energy, to full-time service as a missionary. The experiences I had those two years reinforced to me what a blessing it is to have a knowledge of these precious truths, of who we are, where we came from, and the purpose of our lives here and after this life is over. Every aspect of my life has been and is daily blessed by my membership in this church. It brings love, hope, joy, purpose, and peace into my life every day.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an active participant. In the church we are given opportunities in many different ways to help and serve one another. Over the years I have served as a teacher for youth of many ages, including serving as a scouting leader multiple times. I love young people and have a great confidence in their capacity. It is an honor to be able to assist them in their learning and growing into adulthood. I presently serve as an assistant to the local church leaders with our missionaries and people that are learning about the church or are new members to the church. It is wonderful to see the joy that comes into peoples lives as they gain their own witness through the spirit that this work is true.