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Hi I'm Darrin

I'm an Idaho boy. I'm an executive in a Fortune 100 company. I love being the father of teenagers and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Idaho in a family with 12 children and one bathroom. Growing up, I thought I would become president of the United States. However, I settled for being a Chemical Engineer for a major oil company. I have had an exciting career in engineering, mergers and acquisition, strategic planning and operations management. Now I lead the operations of ten renewable fuels ethanol plants located throughout the Midwest. My career is demanding, but what I love most is being a husband and being a dad to five fantastic children. Raising kids is always a challenge, but it is also rewarding. I am blessed with a wife that has a strong faith in Jesus Christ and a commitment to live according to that faith. This is critical to our efforts to teach our children what is right. People are always surprised when I tell them how much I enjoy raising two teenage daughters. Nothing is more fun than attending their youth activities, teaching them to be better than I was, laughing with them, and keeping the young men a little afraid of me. I have served in church youth groups for over 20 years, and I still love it.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ from the beginning. They taught me that I am a son of a loving Heavenly Father and that I have great potential, if I follow the right paths. My father taught me to work hard and my mother taught me to be humble. When I was in 9th grade, I read the Book of Mormon from front to back. I was amazed at how many of the stories and teachings applied to me and my life and I felt the spirit of God many times as I read. After finishing the book, I knelt down in my bedroom and asked my Heavenly Father if it was true. The Spirit once again entered my heart and my soul was filled with joy. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Since that day I have had many other experiences that continue to confirm to me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's restored church. It is a constant strength to me and my family. It has helped us more in raising our children than anything else. Wherever we have gone (Utah, Idaho, Louisiana, Kansas, or Texas), the church has blessed us with spiritual growth and great friends.

How I live my faith

I was on Boy Scout camp staff as a teenager at a beautiful camp in the Rocky Mountains. I have continued to serve youth in various roles throughout my adult life. The teenage girls know me as the guy that takes out the garbage, delivers water coolers and hands out popcicles at camp. I also organize activities, participate in service projects, chaperone youth dances and teach lessons to large and small groups. The youth of the church are fun to be around and I love teaching them the things that will help them reach their potential. When I was 19 years old I served as a missionary in Sweden for two years. There I shared the gospel with many wonderful people and grew to love that country. My family is also involved in community service. Some of our favorite ways to serve are building houses for the underprivileged, donating and sorting food at the Food Bank, raising money for children's charities, and buying Christmas presents for families in need.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Darrin
We believe that the family unit is central to God's plan and that families can be sealed together forever. My wife and I made sacred covenants in the temple when we were married (or sealed) that make it possible for us to be husband and wife, not just for life, but for eternity. Because we are building something eternal, we are motivated to spend more time and effort on the things that matter most. Show more Show less