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Hi I'm Darrel

I'm a husband, father, grandfather, and scientist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for over 30 years. We have 5 children and 6 grandchildren. I was raised in the Episcopal church and my wife was raised in the Southern Baptist church. Both of use were converts to the LDS church when we were young adults. I graduated from college and went on to graduate school. I have worked in the area of Computer Science since graduating. Outside of family and work, my interests are family history and coin collecting.

Why I am a Mormon

While in High School I questioned the existence of God. There came a time when I was feeling very low and was looking for comfort. I asked a friend if I could attend church with him. During the administration of the sacrament, I felt a peace and a calm - just what I was looking for. I consistently attended church from that time forward with or without my friend. About 6 months later I asked to receive the missionary lessons. While taking the missionary lessons, during a wresting tournament that I was participating in, I would meditate between matches and ask a simple question, "God, are you there?" I did this throughout the day. Towards the end of the day I received a simple and direct answer, "Yes, I hear you." At that point and today, I know that God lives! Through that experience and many others since, I know that Jesus is the Christ and my Saviour that this, the LDS Church, is is His Church that this church is led by a living prophet of God and that the Book of Mormon is a companion witness of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

The day starts with personal prayer and prayer with my wife. Throughout the day I express my appreciation to Heavenly Father for the many ways that he has blessed me and my family. I seek to understand what He wants me to do and acknowledge His hands in all things I do, even my day-to-day work. When challenges happen, I trust the Lord that all will be for my benefit that I will grown from the experience. This helps me to maintain a positive outlook and affects how I interact with others.