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Hi I'm Daren

I'm a father of 6, husband, writer, yoli co-founder, marketing fanatic, hiker, biker, & guitar playing fool. Oh, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I still have not decided what I want to be when I grow up … I want to be so many things but fall short in every category. I want to be a good husband and father … I have an honorable wife who supports me in all I do, and six amazing children who are my miracles – my family is the joy of my life. I want to be intelligent … I have a thirst for knowledge - I read or listen to several books monthly on such diverse topics that some might think me … peculiar. I want to be healthy … I love to run, ride, hike, swim – I love to explore. Living in the northwest, I frequently find myself alone in the twilight jogging through the giant Douglas Firs enjoying the cool rain on my face, or biking to the edge of the Puget Sound to watch the sunrise. I want to be spiritual … I study the lives of prophets and saints, seeking for clues on how to live, repent, and overcome. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. I want to serve others … I want to make people smile and laugh. I want to ease tension, soften anger, and comfort the fearful and injured. I want to share my knowledge, gifts, and talents with others, and bless the lives of millions of people by producing and sharing true value. I want someone else’s day to be better because I was a part of it. I want to be so many things, yet I fall short in every category. I pray for strength, leniency; I hope for salvation. Like almost everyone else, I’m a bit dysfunctional in some areas, and working through many issues. I’m open to suggestions.

Why I am a Mormon

The word “Mormon” is a nickname given to us by others. We’ve been called Mormons for so long, finally it kind of just stuck, and most of us don’t mind being referred to as Mormons. Trust me, we’ve been called worse. Mormons are just common people attempting to live uncommonly spiritual lives. Most of us, present company included, aren’t doing as well as we should and are not the examples we should be, but where the flesh is weak, the spirit is still willing. Mormons are about the family unit. We believe that families are essential to our happiness and a righteous home is the laboratory for life, and a sanctuary against the storm. Our children have come to earth in the midst of chaos, moral disintegration, and ethical melt down. It’s our job as families to build a spiritual reprieve for our children and teach them the principles of righteousness so they can learn and follow God’s plan of happiness and return to His presence one day. Meanwhile, we’re all duking it out on earth to see if we can resist the temptations of the world, and rise above secularism. I want to be a good Mormon … easier said than done. But it is a life and a lifestyle that brings peace and fulfillment. Following the example of Jesus Christ is the greatest challenge of my life, and giving the effort has its privileges. It’s never easy, but it’s always worth it. My name is Daren and I’m a Mormon.

How I live my faith

The only way to be an excellent follower of Christ is to immerse yourself in church activity. I’d be absolutely lost without it. I’ve met so many people who tell me “I believe in God, but I don’t believe in organized religion”. For some this is just an easy way to blow off going to church for an afternoon of watching football, hanging with friends, or recreating. For others, it goes deeper and deals more with past hurt. I can respect this view, since their experience of “organized religion” has likely been a very negative one. However, just like anything else, you can’t let a few people or a few situations ruin your belief in something that can be so powerful and good. Don’t give up on the group approach - just need to find the right group and give it a try. We’re all human beings and we all need each other. Even the proudest, most self-sufficient among us, need others at times. The Mormon church is my support group. It has taught me how to be a good husband, parent, friend, and mentor. It has taught me how to communicate with people. It has taught me a foreign language. It has taught me leadership and delegation. It has taught me how to care for my children. Church is where you need to be. Give it a try and see if it does not bless your life in countless ways. If you have a family, I really don’t see a choice. You’re charged with the care of these prized souls and it is your responsibility to prepare them for the moral savagery and onslaught that these precious ones will surely experience in a few short years. You can’t take the time to think about it. Get your children to church and get involved yourself. The worst thing you have to lose is your pride, some bad habits (or addictions), and pain. Bring the good you have to church, and make it even better. Meet your new best friends, true friends, who will help you be the kind of person you’ve always wanted to be and don’t judge you for the person you’ve been. Do it! Your heart and soul will thank you for it.

What is faith?

Faith is believing something that can not be seen, or hoping in something that can be proven not with physical evidences, but with spiritual experiences. Trying to explain my faith in Jesus Christ, or my beliefs in the Mormon church is difficult for two reasons. First, these beliefs are sacred to me, so when I sense that they will be taken lightly, I generally keep them close to me. Secondly, it's difficult to describe faith that has come through personal revelation and undeniable personal experiences. It's kind of like trying to describe the flavor of salt to someone who has never tasted it. Unless you've received a personal answer to a sacred, righteous pray, you may not be able to fully comprehend this powerful experience. But I will say this, anyone can develop strong personal faith in the truth or falsehood of anything by learning the process of receiving answers directly from God. If you're open to the idea, I'm willing to share with you how I came to know of the truth, and continue to test all truths to this day. God Lives, Jesus is the Christ, and the Mormon church may have answers to the questions you've been asking in your heart your entire life. Show more Show less