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Hi I'm Daren

I speak three languages and play three instruments. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a graduate student studying African History. My wife and I spent a year living in Kenya for research, and we look forward to traveling throughout our lives. We also just welcomed our first child into our family. Besides reading voraciously, I enjoy playing the piano, cello, and any other instruments I can pick up.

Why I am a Mormon

The Book of Mormon describes a people who followed the "manner of happiness" and when I keep the commandments of God and my commitments to the church I feel happier. But equally important to me is that I've never found a question about life or anything important that couldn't be answered by turning to the scriptures and the words of living prophets. Sometimes those answers came after months of studying the scriptures, other times they came after bending a knee in prayer. Always, along with the answer came an assurance from God - a feeling of certainty, joy, and love. I love that the church teaches us that we are children of our Heavenly Father, but it has been through living the gospel that I've felt His love in my own life.

How I live my faith

When we lived in Mombasa, Kenya, I served as a Sunday School teacher. For five months, I taught the members of my small congregation how Bible stories from the Old Testament could teach us how to live better and happier today. Now I serve by lending my voice to our much larger congregation's choir, and sharing my own experiences in Sunday School, now as a student. I've held positions as a clerk, a secretary, a teacher, a pianist, and a counselor but the goal is always to serve. At home I live my faith by leading my small family in reading the scriptures each day after breakfast, kneeling in prayer before we dash off for a busy day, and making sure Sunday is a day of rest rather than work.