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Hi I'm Darren

I am a native of Calgary, Canada transplanted to the Deep South. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have been married for 30 years. We have 5 children and 4 (soon to be 5) grandchildren. I studied at Brigham Young University, receiving a Computer Science degree and an MBA in Finance. Before moving to Atlanta in the mid-1990s, we spent 6 years living in the New York City area while I was working at an investment bank. While I miss the the easy access to skiing and the mountain vistas that I enjoyed growing up, we love living in the South.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Many of my ancestors sacrificed all they had to join the Church and to live their religion. I count this heritage as a great blessing. I have had a love of the scriptures all of my life. As a young child I was a voracious reader of stories from the Bible and the Book of Mormon. By continuing to study the scriptures into adulthood, through prayer and living the doctrines of the Church I have gained a firm testimony that it is truly God's kingdom here on the earth. When I was 19 I had the opportunity to serve a 2-year fulltime mission for the Church in Belgium. I learned to teach the gospel in the Dutch language. I loved the time I spent there and have brought several of my family members back there. I have enjoyed attending LDS church meetings in many different places in the world. Whether in Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East or here in America, I have found found the same church organization, the same meetings adn teachings, and members of the Church united in the love of Christ. The Church is truly a divine organization.

How I live my faith

I live my faith first and foremost by teaching my children the principles of the gospel. We are a family-oriented church, where parents have the primary responsibility for the spiritual development of their children. I love to serve in the Church. We have a lay ministry - no paid preachers or pastors. That gives all of us the opportunity to have "callings" in the church. My current calling is teaching about 20 very lively 16- and 17-year-olds. The Church also provides a vehicle for volunteer service in our communities. A great example of this is when I had the chance to be one of literally thousands of Mormons who worked for months to bring relief to the people of Mississippi and Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. There have been similar opportunities closer to home in Georgia after tornadoes or floods.