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Hi I'm Darrel Hammon

I'm a Mormon. I am currently living in Utah with my wife Joanne and working at Utah Valley University.

About Me

I enjoy life. I love to read good books, write poetry and blogs, and take pictures. Now, I am not a professional in any of these areas, but I truly enjoy reading about spiritual things. I also enjoy writing poetry. "Flopping words out on to a page" and then arranging them in poetic ways continue to amaze me what one can create when you think deeply and profoundly about a particular subject. A turn of word here or there, utilizing just the right verb, or creating a simile that probably has never been created before (or so you think), or even capturing an image that even surprises the writing--all these and more only add to the essence of poetry. My daughters taught me how to develop a blog and then turned me loose. I love my daughters. They are so smart. Thankfully, they are so much like their mother. They are highly encouraging and always make wonderful comments on my blogs. Ah, the wonderful era of digital cameras! I tried to learn how to watercolor. It just didn't take--yet. But when I bought my first digital camera, I was amazed what my eyes really saw when I looked beyond the tree or the leaf or the sunset. When I capture the crusty dirt road leading to the Tetons or the old wood pier extending out into the blue water I have ever seen or the three uniformed school children grinning from ear to ear beneath a tin roof at a very humble school or one of the Lord's majestic temples reaching for the heavenly realms--surely there is nothing more marvelous than this.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many, many reasons why I am a Mormon. One of them is the knowledge I have come to know about my Heavenly Father. I truly believe my Heavenly Father loves me, and He has blessed me with a wonderful family, one I do not want to live without. Thus, I am a Mormon because we believe in eternal families. As I grow older, this concept becomes more and more important. Our daughters have now grown. They are both married. We have two granddaughters and two grandsons. As I watch my daughters and grandchildren grow and develop, I realize the great wisdom Heavenly Father has. He wants us to return to him as families. In the sacred temples, we can seal our families together for time and eternity--not just until "death do you part." The great truth about eternal families is one of the most important gospel truths revealed through the Prophet Joseph Smith. The greatest job one can experience is the love of one's family and being together. I love my family and want to be with them forever. Being a part of an eternal family is one of the reasons why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living one's faith is about doing the things that create true happiness, not the ephemeral stuff the world wants you to believe. I live my faith by being a participant in it. My wife and I served in the Caribbean Area Welfare Office for the Church and lived in the Dominican Republic. We were able to travel throughout the Caribbean, training leaders and meeting so many wonderful people. I learned Spanish many years ago when I served in Chile. She is learning Spanish. We enjoy serving because it is a wonderful way to live our faith. My philosophy always has been this: If you are not progressing, you are retrogressing. I love to progress and learn new things. Being on a mission with my wife is one of those "progressing and learning" things. While we are still relatively young compared to other senior missionaries, our mission keeps us young and our minds engaged. There are so many things to learn, do, experience, participate in, etc. What better way is there than to serve Heavenly Father by serving His children? We have the privilege of training Church leaders and participate in Humanitarian projects like working with organizations to deliver wheel chairs to people who need them, helping people without legs obtain a prosthesis, and helping schools become a better place for their students through a variety of humanitarian projects. The smiles, the "abrazos" (hugs), and many thanks yous are blessings enough. Thus, I live my faith and increase my faith by doing, by participating, by serving, and by learning new things. It is like seeds I used to plant in my gardens back home. If I plant them, fertilize them, water them, clean the weeds when they seem to sprout overnight, and carefully watch over them, they will grow and produce wonderful fruits and vegetables, which are nourishing to the body and soul. Living faithfully is growing spiritual and becoming one with God. Now, that is the essence of living my faith.