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Hi I'm Darin Woolwine

I grew up in Los Angeles, California, but now I live in Arizona. I work as a program manager. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Professional: IT consultant, program manager. Employers have included TEKSystems, Point B, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Accenture. Personal: Married, 3 kids. Went to Gardena High School, played varsity football and baseball, and played Virgil in "The Divine Comedy". On the Speech team. Played baseball for one year at LA Harbor Junior College. Graduated with an AA from El Camino, then went to BYU and earned a BS in Economics. Hobbies: Flag football, ultimate frisbee, softball, basketball. Fan of USC football, Lakers, and Dodgers. Read Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Dante, and other classic literature. Teach Adult Sunday School.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 18, my mom paid for me to attend Especially for Youth (EFY), a summer program for teenagers at Brigham Young University. I didn't want to go. I had become a selfish and hardened young man, and could scarcely imagine spending a week with "a bunch of mormons". But I went, and while I was there I took advantage of the EFY experience. By attending the classes and devotionals, I started to feel the spirit. It took the entire week, but my heart softened from my hardened, selfish exterior, and I became more humble and teachable. The night before EFY ended I was prompted to read the Book of Mormon and ask Heavenly Father if it was true. Here I was, 18 years old, High School and Seminary graduate, Seminary class president and scripture chase champion, 5 varsity letters and 3 years all-league honors, honors student, lead actor in the school play, and Eagle scout; but for the first time I was going to ask my Heavenly Father if the Book of Mormon was true. I remember reading in the book of Alma Ammon's story and Alma's counsel to his sons. I then knelt down beside my bed, and asked sincerely and humbly if it was true. And when I say sincerely, I mean that in my heart if I were to receive an answer that I would do anything that the Lord asked without hesitation. Shortly after I started praying, the spirit came upon me like lightning. It struck so suddenly and sharply that my only reaction was to weep uncontrollably. I knew the Book of Mormon was true, I knew the gospel was true, and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. I knew that everything my parents had taught me, had lived for, and had sacrificed for, was true. I knew not because they had told me, or that my Seminary teachers had taught me, or that my Scout leaders had told me, or anyone else had said to me. I knew for myself that God lived, and that His gospel was true.

How I live my faith

The two things I enjoy most about living the gospel is teaching and visiting. I teach Adult Sunday School. The past couple of years I have taught from the Bible. My favorite books in the Bible are Psalms, Isaiah, and the Four Gospels. My favorite stories are the story of Abigail, Jonah, and when "Jesus wept". My other responsibilities require me to visit with three families from my congregation each month. I don't like to say "require", because I love to visit with them. Some of the kids come to me at church and ask "Are you coming over today?" I'm always a little sad when it's not my week to come over. But I love to bring them treats for their birthdays and attend their baptisms. My next visit will include reading the book "Are you my Mother?" and talking about the importance of Mothers in our lives. I love visiting so much that I've started to visit with other families that I feel could use some fellowship. Over the past several months, a gentleman in our congregation was diagnosed with cancer, and seemingly had little time to live. When he was in the hospital, I visited with him. Then I visited with him and his wife again when he got home. Now I see him a few times a month and count him among my best friends. His cancer is in remission, and his strength has returned, but it's really me who has benefited from his faith and friendship. I've enjoyed this experience so much that I've started to visit others. There was another couple where she is suffering from cancer and he recently had shingles and an ear operation. They are from the South originally, so they talk like I imagine my grandma did. I didn't know my grandma, but she was raised in Georgia, and I was told she had a strong Southern accent. Visiting with them helped me feel a little closer to the grandma I never knew.