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Hi I'm Darin

I am a father of six. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am first and foremost a family man and dad of six. My wife and I have been married for 21 years and I owe about 98% of the happiness in our home to her. She is my best friend. Secondly, I have a wide variety of interests, including camping, scuba diving, writing poetry, politics, shooting handguns, public speaking and just about anything else I find time to do. I think one of the to greatest challenges came when I was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on my tongue at age 27. After several surgeries on my tongue and neck, and full radiation treatment, I spent about a year recovering from the cancer and the subsequent treatments. I have since joked that since the cancer didn't get me, the cancer treatments were sure trying to finish the job. As part of the treatment, I had 35%-40% of my tongue taken out and a lot of neck muscle and tissue removed. The radiation on my mouth and neck left me without productive saliva glands and permanent dry mouth. I had to learn how to speak clearly again and I carry a bottle of water almost everywhere I go. In spite of the challenges, ironically I earn my living speaking. I am a salesman. I share that only to perhaps offer some small hope to others who might read this whose lives, or the lives of loved ones, have been affected by cancer in any way. I found hope through the support of my family and my faith in God.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. In fact some of my ancestors joined the church a couple of years after it was organized. As I grew up I felt the stability in my home the adherence to gospel principles brings. Despite my upbringing, I made many choices that were not in keeping with the things I had been taught and as the time of a mission grew closer I was faced with a serious decision. I decided that I really needed to know for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was in fact Christ's church, and the teachings I had been exposed to all my life were true. I knew the best way to obtain that knowledge for myself was to really read and pray about the Book of Mormon. So, the summer after I graduated from high school I began a serious study of the Book of Mormon. Though I knew most of the stories contained in the book, for the first time in my life they began to come alive for me. I remember I felt more then anything hope that through Jesus Christ I really could repent and change my life. I felt the loving arms of my Saviour embrace me spiritually as I turned each page and read about the tender mercies poured out upon those who truly sought to follow the commandments of God. I was strengthened by the courage of those who boldly testified of their faith. Upon completion of my reading each day I would pray and ask Heavenly Father to tell me the book was true. I think at the time I was expecting some great sign, but in reality the answer came a little at a time as I felt each day a greater peace in my heart. It was because of this experience and many, many others like it since that I am a Mormon today with a firm knowledge that the Book of Mormon is a real book of scripture, like the Bible, written by prophets of God, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is truly Christ's church.

How I live my faith

I love being a Mormon because I have always felt a sense of belonging, a sense of completeness, and a sense of purpose, that has come through trying to live in harmony to the principles and teachings of Jesus Christ. We read from the scriptures every day in our home and we pray together as a family. Once a week we have a family night and it usually consists of a story, games, or an activity that brings us closer together. As a dad I take time to speak to my kids one on one about those things that are important in life and the blessings that come from making good decisions. It isn't always easy and we are not without blemish in our efforts, but we see the difference it makes in our children and the closeness in our family. Living in a time when there are very loose moral standards in everything from social interaction to the movies and music; a prevalent belief that if it feels right it is right; constant attacks on the definition of marriage; and continuing political and economic turmoil, I believe one of the most important things we can do to help our children and our country is to be a strong family. This is only possible living within the safety of the teachings of Jesus Christ. I have had the opportunity to serve others in the church starting with my decision to share the testimony I gained as a young man with others as a full-time missionary. Serving in the Church brings peace and happiness regardless of whether it is teaching a class of 5 year olds each Sunday, visiting families each month as a home teacher, sitting in council with local church leaders, or serving in the temple. Currently, I am a Sunday School Teacher and I teach the adult class. I love preparing the lessons and directing the discussions in class. Service in the Church never feels like a great sacrifice even though it may be very challenging in some capacities. Those challenges, however, bring personal growth. I would not want it any other way.