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Hi I'm Daryl

I grew up in Arizona. I am a soldier in the US Army. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the LDS church. I spent my younger childhood years in Southern California. My Family moved to Mesa, Arizona when I was 14 years old. I served a mission for the church in Chicago, Illinois. Upon returning home from my mission, I went back to school and earned a Bachelor’s degree in history. After leaving BYU, I enlisted in the US Army. I met my wife while in the Army and we now have two wonderful kids. After six years on active duty, including three combat deployments, I decided it was time to move on. I got out of the Army and went to Law School. I am now back on active duty serving as an Army Lawyer in the JAG Corps.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I personally know that the LDS church is Jesus Christ's, a church lead by true prophets, and the only true and living church on earth. Admittedly, to claim to have actual firsthand knowledge, or testimony, that the LDS church is the only true church on earth is a shocking claim. Many scholars have debated the merits of this claim. Logical and persuasive arguments for and against the church have been presented. In fact, both sides of the debate appear so persuasive that by relying solely on my own wisdom and understanding, I was unable to come to a definitive conclusion as to whether or not the church is true. God knew that there would always be those that would argue, very convincingly, against his church and his prophets. Thankfully, God have provided a way for every humble seeker of truth find it through the Holy Spirit so that we would not have to rely only on our own wisdom and understanding. This is not to say that intellectual study is not important. We must exert our mental capacities to understand doctrines as they are taught and study them out in our minds. But this is only the first step because study, by itself, does not produce testimony. Study produces only second hand knowledge of what others claim, and testimony, by definition, is firsthand knowledge that comes only from personal experiences. I have received confirmation from the Holy Ghost that the Church is true after studying, pondering and praying about the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the teachings of the modern prophets. I have, thereby, communed with God though the Holy Ghost, received stability in life, personal joy, spiritual rebirth, and other specific blessings that have come as a direct result of obedience to the teachings of the church. It is these personal firsthand experiences that allow me to testify, independent of any other proponent of the church, that I am a personal witness that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s true church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to stay focused on what is most important. I, like most people, have a very busy schedule and find it hard to do all the worthwhile things that I would like to do or need to do. Prioritization of what is most important, I have found, is the key to living a faithful life as a disciple of Christ. The teachings of the living profits have helped me to decide where my priorities should be. They have taught me that my role as a father and husband is the most important role I will ever have in life. I must make sure that I devote all the time necessary to maintain a happy home and marriage so that my wife and kids know without a doubt that they come first. I cannot even begin to describe the joy this had brought into my life. Second, I live my faith by following the prophet’s counsel to make time for daily personal scripture study and prayer. Scripture study and prayer are so vitally important to spiritual health, especially in a world that is so good at blurring the lines between truth and error, good and evil, virtue and vice. Without keeping a line of communication open with God, one cannot help but be overwhelmed and confused amid all the conflicting information that bombards us every day. God has promised to help us find truth. Finally, I live my faith by remembering to serve others. It is so easy to become so wrapped up in our own lives that we forget the needs of others. Christ set the perfect example of selfless service and sacrifice.