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Hi I'm Darren

I'm a US Air Force Academy Cadet and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was about 17 yrs old I decided that I wanted to go to the United States Air Force Academy. My plan was to be accepted, attend school for one year, serve a mission, then resume schooling upon my return. Things did not turn out the way that I expected, but they definitely turned out for the better. Acceptance to the Air Force Academy is not easy. You are evaluated on your performance in school and on the ACT/SAT, athleticism, leadership skills, interviews, and involvement in the community. After developing a strong profile through my four years of high school, I began the process of application. I received a letter a few months after applying which said that I had not made the cuts. It was a sad day, but rather than being discouraged, my desire to be accepted was intensified. I attended a nearby university for one semester as I was waiting for my report date to the Missionary Training Center. During this time I retook the ACT and got involved with the AFROTC program. The next two years I spent reaping the rewards of serving my brothers and sisters in the Philippines. A friend of mine said that a mission is "the best years FOR you life, not OF your life." It was a very challenging two years, but with those two years of challenge and adversity came two years of rapid growth and experience. Because I am running out of space to write :), I will simply say that it is nothing short of a miracle that I am here at the US Air Force Academy today.

Why I am a Mormon

Nabinyagan ako sa simbahang ito noong 8yrs old ako. Sa panahon na iyon, naramdaman ko na totoo ang simbahan at tama ang ginawa kong magpabinyag dito. Sa aking kabataan, nag-alinlangan ako nang kaunti tungkol sa aking mga paniniwala. Sinabi ko, "bakit ganito o ganoon sa simbahang ito?" Talaga, sinubukan ang pananampalataya ko sa panahon na iyon. Kahit ganoon ang kalagayan ko, nagpatuloy akong magbasa ng Book of Mormon at unti-unti nawala ang aking mga alinlangan. Malakas talaga ang banal na espiritu kapag binabasa ko ang mga banal na kasulatan. Pinalakas ang aking pananampalataya pagkatapos ng pagsubok na iyun at naniniwala ako na ito ang totoong simbahan ni Jesus Christ. Naniniwala rin ako na ang Book of Mormon ay Salita ng Diyos at lahat ng pangako at propesiya na nilalaman niya ay matutupad. Naniniwala ako na si Joseph Smith ay isang totoong propeta. Hindi ko kayang maipagkaila ang mga bagay na ito. I was baptized in the church when I was 8 yrs old. At that time, I felt the church was true and that baptism in this church was the right thing to do. In my youth, I doubted a little bit in my faith. I said, "why is it like this or like that in the church?" Really, my faith was tested at that time. Even though that was my state, I continued to read the Book of Mormon and, little-by-little, my doubts went away. The Holy Spirit is strong when I read the scriptures. My faith was strengthened after that trial and I believe that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. I also believe that the Book of Mormon is Word of God and all the promises and prophecies it contains will be fulfilled. I believe that Joseph Smith is a true prophet. I cannot deny these things.

How I live my faith

Sinisikap kong sundin and halimbawa ni Jesus Christ at ang kanyang pagtuturo. Nangangaral ako ng mga pagtuturo Ebanghelyo ni Jesus Christ ngayon sa Pilipinas. Araw-araw, iniimbitahan ko ang mga tao na lumapit kay Jesus Christ sa pamamagitan ng pagpapalakas ng kanilang pananampalataya sa Kanya, pagsisisi, pagbibinyag, pagtanggap sa kaloob ng Espiritu Santo, at pagtitiis hanggang wakas. I am trying to follow the example of Jesus Christ and his teaching. I am preaching the teachings -gospel- of Jesus Christ now in the Philippines. Daily I am inviting people to come unto Jesus Christ through strengthening their Faith in Him, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End