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Hi I'm Darby

I'm an accountant and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. I enjoy medieval European history, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a dad to (currently) three small children who fill my life with silliness, love, and great purpose. As a family, we enjoy camping together at medieval-style events. The two oldest kids love to play catch in the yard with their new softball mitts, and all of the kids love wagon rides around the neighborhood. My wife is developing her interest in sewing, and has recently made (from scratch) a tent for the family's camping trips. One of my all-time favorite book series is Tolkien's /The Lord of the Rings/. I also like to sing show tunes, read novels with my wife, and watch movies. I grew up as a Navy dependent, and so have lived in many parts of the United States. I, too, spent a few years in the Navy, serving principally in Okinawa, Japan. I love to travel, and am fascinated with languages. Lately, I've tried my hand at a few crafts, including small-scale carpentry, metalworking, gothic calligraphy, and even embroidery. I've also written a couple poems, and arranged music for one of them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Even so, during my high school years there came a time when I stopped participating in church. I even came to question the beliefs that I had been taught throughout my childhood. Finally, it really started to bug me to find out some of the most basic questions about faith. I needed to know if there really was an afterlife, if there really is a God, and how I related to Him. I figured that if even in the far distant future, there ever would be a complete end of me (my soul, etc.) that, ultimately, nothing mattered in that extreme long-run. I started my earnest and desperate search for answers by turning first to my own upbringing. I remembered having been taught my my mom that we should read /The Book of Mormon/ daily and ask God to help us understand His message for us in our daily reading. She also taught me that we should attend weekly worship services. I decided to give it a try. I started prayerfully reading a chapter or more every day, usually before bed, from /The Book of Mormon/. After several months, I came to the 11th chapter of Third Nephi, and felt an overwhelming spirit of joy that filled my heart with the sure knowledge that /The Book of Mormon/ was, in fact, the word of God, that God is truly my Father in Heaven, that His holy son, Jesus Christ really is my Savior, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is indeed lead by Jesus Christ, Himself, through living prophets. From that time until now, I have had many other experiences that have added to my surety of the truth of these things, and have never encountered anything that contradicts that knowledge or that conviction in my soul.

How I live my faith

Currently, I serve my congregation (ward) as a financial clerk. Being a Certified Public Accountant by profession, I see the meticulous inspiration of the Lord in the policies that govern Church finances. It is truly a testimony to me that this is the Lord's church that the system of handling the sacred donations of the members and also the expenditures of the Church is so simple, and yet such an excellent pattern and example of sound money handling practices. I also am assigned to visit the homes of a few of my friends every month, to bring them an inspirational message and see what needs I might help them to fulfill. I find it really builds a sense of community and brotherhood within the Church to have this special opportunity. Mostly, the way I live my faith is within the wall of my own home. Every evening before we put the kids down to bed we read together from the scriptures. Every week we set aside time on one evening for a special focus on our family, in which we turn off the TV, and together sing, tell inspirational stories, enjoy a treat, or something similar, but focused on building the relationships in our family. My wife and I read scriptures together also, every night while we are getting ready for bed. We enjoy researching our family histories and getting to know who our ancestors were. I feel like the most personal way in which I live my faith is through my efforts to seek the healing power of Jesus Christ in those areas of my life where I fall too short of His expectations. As I seek the Lord's help in overcoming my own challenges, frustration is replaced with humble joy in the goodness of my Savior, and warmth in my heart from the love He gives me and the faith that He has in me.