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Hi I'm Darrell

I LOVE outdoors! I'm a wildlife ecology student. I DJ weddings. I'm a rattlesnake collection curator. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I consider myself quirky thoughtful and fun. I have a passion to explore and educate about the diversity of wildlife vegetation and topography of the American Southwest!. Arizona is my home state. Sporting amazing diversity of creeping crawling creatures AZ proved to be fantastic place to grow up for one, hyper-active-curious-boy. Currently I am working on a degree in Wildlife and Restoration Ecology at Arizona State University. I grew up in a small mining town. What has made me appreciate people and move more toward life long friendships. I believe friends are a mirror we use to hone in to our talents and abilities. My friends express their love of my sense of humor and consider me a people person. I was able to participate in Tae Kwon Do and receive my 2nd degree black belt in my teen years. This was a pivotal experience in my life because it gave me confidence interpersonal leadership and teaching skills. I LOVE my job! I have worked for the past 7 years in the Life Science department at a community college. I currently work as an Exhibit Curator where I have the responsibilty to care for various live animals that are meant to give a taste of AZ's reptiles and amphibians; Rattlesnakes, Gila Monsters, snakes lizards, frogs, toads and even scorpions! I also DJ weddings on the side fore extra money as a college student.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon all my life my father and mother having consistent leadership positions in the local congregations. My family history has a long line of strong active members. Both sets of my grandparents served as mission presidents. As a teenager I began to fear the approach of my 19th birthday, when I would be expected to serve a 2 year mission for the church. I had seen my 2 older brothers serve missions. I felt once I turned 19 my family would "force me to serve a mission". At 18 I went to my first semester at Eastern Arizona College. This was an eye opening experience for me. When I saw many Mormon kids during the week rebelling against the typical Mormon standards of living. What got me thinking, why do I follow the teachings of this church? What motivates me? After that first semester away from home I went to room with my brother who had just returned from a mission to Korea. It really impressed me the confidence he had in his experience. Although this time in my life was one of my most depressing. I was questioning the existence of a God. I began to pray for an answer. I wanted a relationship with my Father in Heaven if he existed. I again went for another semester at Eastern Arizona College and found myself praying more fervently for an answer and began to be frustrated when the answer I wanted didn't come while I was on my knees. The answer did come just not the way I expected. I was watching "The Other Side of Heaven", a film about a young 19 year old Mormon missionary who went to the islands of Tonga. While watching, an overwhelming warm feeling come over me. A feeling of comfort and love that I cannot forget and the words came to my mind "you can do it". This affirmation gave me new found confidence in myself. I knew and felt God my Father was on my side. I could accomplish much. Even a 2 year mission.

How I live my faith

Serving a 2 year mission in the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission was the best choice I ever made. Some of the hardest and the best days I have had so far were while I was a missionary there. It has set the pace for the rest of my life. I feel my faith in Jesus Christ was strengthened. It did that by giving me many opportunities to have questions. Questions that forced me on a daily basis, to turn to the scriptures and kneel in prayer to answer personal concerns and doubts. These questions were not to distance myself from God, but to reconcile me to God. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (2 Timothy 3). Living my faith I try my best to keep it simple. To live a good life and be and "example of the believer" (1 Timothy 4:12). I try my best to be honest and respect others and their beliefs. A principle I feel really guides my life is knowing that the end of this life is not the end of me. There will be a day of accountability for what I have and have not done to help others and better myself. I feel it a principle of faith to achieve as much knowledge through my own education in this life. Because I truly believe "the glory of God is intelligence" and that "whatever principle of intelligence we attain in this life, will rise with us" after this life (D&C 93:36;D&C 130:18). I truly believe Christ established his Church for our benefit. I also see the confusion that has come about with thousands of Christian denominations this is because of the loss of Christ's original authority and organization. I do believe that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's true Church once again on the earth with authority to act in his name. This is why I choose to attend weekly Sunday services. These services made up of members of the community. No one is paid. I do my best to accept any request to serve in this divinely inspired organization (Eph. 4:12-13).