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Hi I'm Darren

I'm a father of five. I'm a computer geek, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was young, home video games were new. I wanted my own video game system and asked for one for Christmas. Instead I got a computer magazine. My dad challenged me to learn about computers and write my own games. Eventually I did. That magazine started me on the rode to a hobby and a career that I have enjoyed for over 30 years.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother is from England. Missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints knocked on her parent's door when she was young, and they and my mom joined the church soon after. My dad's ancestors also joined the church in England and migrated to the United States. I was thus born into a family of practicing Mormons. I was baptized a member of the church, and participated in all of the child and youth programs. I was encouraged to pray daily, to read and study the Bible and the Book of Mormon, to keep the commandments, and to find out for myself whether the things I was taught were true. I always felt good about the things I was taught. They felt "right," and I could clearly tell that the principles of the gospel were helping me to be a better person. I had experiences where I strongly felt the Savior's love for me, and also experiences where I knew that the Bible and Book of Mormon were the word of God. If I were to pick the biggest spiritual influence in my life, it would definitely be the Book of Mormon. It clarifies and expounds on the gospel as taught in the Bible and has many additional, inspiring stories of faithful people who are trying to come unto Christ. As I have read it over and over I have no doubt that it is from God. It has become the foundation of my faith and belief that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is really His church on the earth today with the authority to teach His doctrine and perform His ordinances.

How I live my faith

I served as a young missionary for the church in Japan for two years. That was a wonderful experience where I learned and grew, and most importantly where I was able to share with others the things that have helped me so much in my life. Since that time, I have served in many different ways. I have helped keep ward records, I have taught a variety of classes, I have worked with the youth and boy scouts in many different ways. I also had the blessing of being the leader of our local congregation for five years. With all of these opportunities, I have seen how the people of the church and especially the leaders of the church, are concerned for one another, they want to help each other and see each other succeed. It is a wonderful, loving, church family. Members of the church experience trials and challenges, heartaches and disappointments just like everyone, but we have the blessing of knowing how much God loves us, what his plan is in sending us to the earth, and what we can look forward to after we finish this mortal life. We also have his commandments explained in clarity, living prophets to guide us through the challenges of this life, and a good understanding of the atonement, repentance, and forgiveness. All of these things are such a help as we strive for happiness and joy in this life.