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Hi I'm Darryl

I was raised a Mormon in Tennessee. My wife and 5 children mean everything to me. I love helping others and cheer for the underdog

About Me

I turned 50 years old this past week. I have never been too into birthdays but this seemed a bit more significant. Significant in that I now realize some of the material things or activities that are purely for our enjoyment, that I once dreamed about, don't seem to have the same amount of importance as they once did. I find myself much more concerned about others. It starts with my wife and 5 children. Do they have what they need. Are they prepared to live in a world that can be harsh, rough, and unkind? I wonder, what else can I do to help them. Then I look around and see so many people struggling and I have the desire to help them. I love rooting for the underdog. I love seeing people achieve something that they did not think they could do.

Why I am a Mormon

There comes a time when even those raised in the church must decide if what they have been taught is true. It is not enough just to say - I was raised this way so it must be. I had to find out for myself if the teaching that I had received were true. How do you do this? You pray and you actually communicate with a loving Heavenly Father who communicates back with you. How does he do this? Thru feelings, thoughts, impressions, thru other people, thru the scriptures. If we accept the fact that there is a God - that he loves us, knows us, and that we are literally his children, then it seems reasonable that his greatest desire is to have us all be reunited with him. If that is the case, he will certainly lead us and point us in the right direction that we need to go. No one is forgotten or lost. How could a father forget one of his children. As a parent, this becomes clear. Part of this life is a probationary period - a place where we have come to walk in faith, and prove our willingness to do what is right and what he has commanded us. He never leaves us alone - he is always there - we just need to reach out to him and he will respond back. That is his promise. That is not to say - reach out to God and you will never have difficult times. The promise is that he will not leave us without his Spirit, his son Jesus Christ, his church, his gospel, etc. Bad things happen - people choose to do wrong and those choices impact other people's lives - but God lives, he is in control and he recovers his children. I know this to be true - not because my parents taught me this but the only way that any of us can know if something is true. I have had it witnessed to me on numerous occassions that his love for me is real. That this church was restored to bring the fullness of the gospel back to the Earth and to bless the lives of all the Earth. It is not a story - it is real. I know it to be true beyond a shadow of doubt.

How I live my faith

As a dad - I try to do what is right, make the right choices, and set an example for my children. I try to instill in them the values and principles that will prove to be of greatest worth to them and arm them with all that they need to be successful. Not as the world defines success - but how God defines success. What does this mean - it means I attend church every Sunday. It means, I particpate and become an active member in our congregation. It means I live my life the same way every day - not just on Sundays. It means the people I work with - know who I am, what I stand for, and what they can expect from me. I give them my best. I am a good neighbor. It is not enough to just save yourself or your family. We need each other. I learn from others. That association that we get by working with and being with other people is how we grow. We cannot save ourselves in a vaccum - it doens't work that way. Take a look at the Savior's life. He set the example for us all to follow. He did not do just for himself - he did for others. And it is thru doing or serving others that we gain our salvation. This church is not for the weak of heart. It is not always easy. But the joy and satisfaction one gets to see lives changed (first your own and then others) is greater than all the riches in the world.