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Hi I'm Darren

I'm a Husband, Father, Volunteer in the Community, Marine, a professional in the hospitality industry and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in an acitve, large family and am the second oldest of 7 children. I have fond memories of my mom and dad taking us on vacations to California, Mexico and Canada. My parents taught us as we grew the importance of family and always watching out for each other and making sure we care for one another. I was extremely active in sports growing up. I played baseball, football, track and basketball, skiing, golf, hiking, camping, fishing and huning, all with my dad, brothers and grandpa. I served in the United States Marine Corps, served a 2 year mission, married, greaduated from the University of Utah with a degree communications. I am married and have been for 21 years. We have 5 children, 4 of our own and we're the legal guardians of our great-neice. Our oldest is on a mission in Africa. I have had the opportunities to serve in many capacities for the Lord and have learned and grown closer to him in every one. My most charished positions are those where I have worked closely with the youth, on both Ward and Stake levels. I have seen the Lord work miracles in their lives and witnessed youngmen and young sisters return from missions as warriors in God's Army prepared to start their own families and build His Kingdom on Earth.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a mormon. I grew up in the church, but like a lot of those who grow up in the church, I had to know for myself if the I believed what the church taught. I have been the recipient of the healing power of the priesthood and have been the provider for others to recieve a personal witness of the hand of God. My conversion story takes place on a wet, cold rainy night on a mountainside as I was standing in a fighting hole taking my turn on watch. I was wet, cold and chilled to the bone, standing in water up to my ankles and thinking there had to be something better for me. My parents had always been solid in the gospel,but I chose to follow a different path other than what my parents had in mind. It was on that cold, wet, rainy night that I recieved my personal witness that My Heavenly Father knew me, that He loved me, that the Book of Mormon was true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I had said a short prayer and asked specific questions; the Lord gave me specific answers. My answers came in the form of peace and warmth. I was warm the rest of the night; though I was still wet and the air was still cold and rainy, there was a warmth and peace that came over me that was instant and recognizable to me. I knew that the Lord had answered my prayer.

How I live my faith

From the time that I had recieved my answer that the Church was true, I have always taken the stance that i will go and do what the Lord asks of me. I have served as an assistant scout master, scout master, stake young men's secretary, stake young men's 1st councelor, bishopric 2nd councelor, bishopric 1st councelor, varsity coach, venture leader, district vice chair in the BSA, district trainer for the BSA, 11-year-old leader, merit badge councelor, Young mens' president, High priests 1st assistant, nursery leader, primary teacher, sunday school teacher, home teacher, stake missionary, ward missionary and a husband and father.