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Hi I'm Darren

I grew up in Utah. I am a Chaplain in the U.S. Army. My beautiful wife and I have 10 children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As mentioned, I am Darren. I am the proud father of 10 children. I love golf, music, hiking, camping, traveling, making friends wherever I am at, and learning new cultures; but my favorite hobby is enjoying what my family likes to do. I am a chaplain in the United States Army, and enjoy being with and ministering to Soldiers and their families. This is an awesome environment for friendships and ministry.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon and have remained a faithful Mormon throughout my life, because of the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ, as was taught and organized anciently. This gospel with the fulness of truth has and continues to affect my life in wonderful ways, and has provided so many opportunities to learn and grow and draw closer in my faith to the Savior. With all of my heart, I believe that Christ once again restored His Church upon the earth with the fulness of the Gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I believe in a church that follows the biblical organization; hence, believe in modern revelation, and prophets and apostles, who are upon the earth, and who lead and guide this church. As we follow their guidance, we will be blessed, just as in days of old with the children of Israel. As far as teachings and principles, first, because of Christ's atoning blood, we have the opportunity to live with Him once again by obedience to the commandments. We still have to make right choices and repent when we have done wrong (as we all fall short), but as we strive to live the Gospel in His way, we will be blessed. God is a Just God. Second, to me it would be a very difficult thing to live a life to its richest with a family to only know that when death comes, the family separates. I believe that we can live together forever as families. As a chaplain, I have often heard medical personnel comment about how some dying patients often call out to a loved one on the "other-side" to take them "home". Finally, in regards to the standard that we are taught to keep, our bodies can be strong through caring for our bodies appropriately. In being chaste before marriage, and faithful to one another after, we can live in true happiness and love. It doesn't meant that there won't be challenges, but couples who are chaste Infidelity on the otherhand, causes pain, heartache, breaking up the home. Fourth, a true faith will always require the willingness to sacrifice.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, although I am definitely not perfect by any means of the imagination, with all of my heart, I strive to live the way Christ would have us live. I believe in the importance of being a role model even when it is not necessarily popular; that it is important to stand as a witness at all times, in all places, and in all things (Mosiah 18:10-12).  This is particularly important in my role as a father, as children are the first to observe and follow the role model that is set before them. As they see me serve, they will serve. As they see me pray, they will pray, etc... Likewise, with the Soldiers I work with on a daily basis. Most importantly, living my faith must come from within and is very personal in gaining a relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ. I have faith in His Atonment and redeeming blood; that when I do make mistakes that through proper repentence and enduring in faith, that I can one day return to live with the Savior, once again. As far as serving in the church and community, above and beyond regular duties as a chaplain for Soldiers, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I fervently believe and find joy in the gospel of Jesus Christ, which stresses the importance of being a "living sacrifice" in all aspects of our life, as mentioned in Romans 12:1. I love to help new families move into the neighborhood, serve as a Sunday School teacher, Troop Committee Chairman for our local Boy Scout Troop, as well as provide pastoral visits to various families in our congregation. I have also had the wonderful opportunity to serve in other capacities in the church with the adults in various committees as well as a clerk; with the youth, young and old to include those in the nursery. Finally, within my family, learning to lead my children by serving them has strengthend our love. The Gospel provides opportunities to serve which uniquely blesses our lives.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Darren
My Mom always taught "do your very best, and God will take care of the rest". This is one of the best examples of Grace as we believe it to be. We can be forgiven of our sins, but we must have the desire and take the effort to repent and overcome the best way we can. Yet at the same time, because none us are perfect, we still will always fall short in this life. This is where grace falls in. He (the Lord) understands our struggles, heartaches, tendencies, and shortcomings. He, through grace, will enable us to be justified and sanctified, as we put our faith and trust in him, and strive with all of our hearts to obey the commandments and live the gospel the best that we can. Show more Show less