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Hi I'm Darell

I'm a service/repair technician in the HVAC field. I enjoy mountain biking and family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have much to be grateful for. Life has been, and is good for me and my family. I do not take that for granted. Family is everything to me. Both my own family, and my mom and siblings (dad passed away 12 years ago). I grew up loving sports, outdoors, and friends. I do everything I can to maintain old friendships, and we are blessed to have the means via internet to discover, connect, and share with people as far back as we can remember. I love people. Also, I take life very seriously. Much is at stake.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I am a life long member, I am a convert. There came a time when I had to consider and choose the things I have been taught by my parents. This "conversion" occurred while I was a missionary in Argentina. It involved my conviction of the Book of Mormon. As a missionary, I was instructed in the manual to "testify" to our investigators that I have read and prayed about this sacred book. Even though I had studied many parts of the Book of Mormon, and was very familiar with its contents, I had not read it cover to cover and asked to receive that promised witness from the Holy Ghost. (see Moroni 10: 4-5) How could I spend 2 years teaching this principle, if I had not experienced it myself? I spent the next few weeks reading diligently, and when I finished the book, I knelt in prayer and asked if it was true. The answer did not come as I had been told it would. A burning of the bosom is a genuine indicator as the Spirit reveals truths to us. (see Luke 24:32) This did not happen to me. I was perplexed. Not one to give up, and knowing that our faith will be tested, I began to read the Book of Mormon again. It was different this time. I was reading the exact same words and passages that I had read before, but this time the words took on new meanings. Understandings and applications of the teachings became real to me, in both the ancient applications and the modern day situations we find ourselves in. But more important, the teachings brought me great joy and peace like I had never before experienced. There is only One Source for such peace. I knew that the Holy Ghost was revealing these things to me, and they were way above the capacity for man to write or conceive. But they are not beyond our capacity to become, if we but follow the teachings in the scriptures and yield our will to God. I have, in years past, tried to prove to others what is right and what is true. It does not happen that way. There is only one way to prove "Mormonism" and the Book of Mormon, or to prove anything that pertains to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And that is to prove it to oneself. The things of God are only understood by the Spirit of God. Another person cannot give that understanding. It must be sought after with a desire that is second to nothing. So it must be expected that we are required to demonstrate, via sacrifices, that nothing is more important than obtaining this Pearl of Great Price. I have found it, and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living one's faith, I think, is summed up by one word. "Service" I think that by dedicating your life to the opportunities to help others is the single most effective way to know the Savior, and understand His doctrine. I am grateful to belong to a Church that emphasizes and provides unlimited opportunities to serve others.