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Hi I'm Darrel

I'm a father. I'm a son. I'm an attorney. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

This is the hardest section for me to answer - to talk about myself and my interests. I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where I learned to ski and play little league baseball. I grew up with a father who was legally blind so he never was able to watch me play in the sporting events but was very supportive in all I did.. I attended Brigham Young University where I earned a degree in accounting. I subsequently attended Gonzaga University School of Law where I earned my law degree and later attended Georgetown University School of Law where I earned an LLM. I am the father of four children. My oldest daughter is 27. I have a 24 year-old son, a 21 year-old son, who is currently serving a mission in Arizona, and a daughter who is 13. A couple of years ago I decided that if I was going to be around when my youngest graduated from high school that I needed to take better care of myself. I was breathing heavy after only walking a few blocks. I began taking better care of myself so that I would be around for them. I enjoy football but unlike my son, who can tell you statistics and facts about pro football, I just like to watch. The BYU Cougars being my favorite team. I like professional baseball, my favorite team being the LA Dodgers even though I live in the Seattle area where we have the Seattle Mariners. I have always believed that the pitcher should need to bat.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family where my father and mother were both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and thus it was easy to start my life as a member. However, as you grow older you start to understand that you cannot rely on the testimony of others and so as a teenager I started asking myself what I believed. I decided I need to find out for myself. I began reading books written by the leadership of the church and to try to better understand the teachings of the church. At that point, I was looking at whether or not I should serve a mission for the church and knew that in order to teach the gospel that I would need to have a better understanding of its teachings. This studying has become a life-long pursuit. I know that I will never understand everything there is to understand, at least not during my life here on earth but I know that: 1) I have a Heavenly Father that loves me, 2) that Jesus Christ died to paid the price of my sins if I will repent, 3) Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and 4) that President Monson, the current president of the church, is a prophet of God. I know that the gospel is on the earth to help me to have a better life than I would have without it. It is here to teach me who I am, why I am here and what will happen to me after I die. It also teaches me that we are all brothers and sisters and should treat each other as such and that families can be forever.

How I live my faith

Because our church has has no paid ministers, sometimes in the church we are asked to do things that make it so that we have to go outside of our comfort zone. In fact, this is generally how it works. I have been asked to do many things that I did not fully understand. Hopefully this helped me to better understand my talents and myself. In my congregation, I am also asked to visit members in our congregation to watch over them and to help the leadership to know their needs and concerns. It is very difficult for one person or even a small group of people to know what several hundred people need. A few years ago, we had a massive wind storm that caused a blackout for much of the area where we live. Because of my friendship with these families I was able to contact them and find out if they were in need of anything. I was than able to take this information to the leadership of the congregation and who was then able to make sure that they had what they needed.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

The temple is not secret but is rather sacred. Just like if you had a hallway that was carpeted in white carpeting that went from your child's bedroom to your bedroom you would want your child to be able to walk the hallway so that you could talk to and teach them but you would not want them to go down the hallway with feet that were covered in mud from outside. You would want them to have clean feet before entering. The temple is a place where we learn from our Heavenly Father important truths about how to return to Him much of which we learn through the Holy Ghost. This learning is best done if we are clean before entering the temple. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

We do believe that there is a prophet on the earth today just like Moses. The prophet teaches us those things that our Heavenly Father wants us to learn. Although it is important that we know the things that Moses taught about our Heavenly Father and His plan for us on this earth, it is also important for us to know the things that our Heavenly Father wants us to know at this time. The world changes and although our Heavenly Father does not change nor does His plan for us the trials that we face are different. Thus, it is important for us to know how best to face those trials. Thus we have a prophet to reinstate the things that we taught previously but to also help us understand how to deal with the world we live in. Show more Show less