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Hi I'm Darryl

I'm a Mormon. A husband and Father of six, I enjoy: being with my family, hiking, snowboarding, and a broad range of sports.

About Me

I am a husband and father of six children. As I have matured in life, I have found that my wife and kids are an incredible source of fun and joy. We enjoy hiking together as a family and can frequently be found together hiking in some of the parks that are in our county. Some of the most challenging and enjoyable hikes that we have been on are climbing Mount Whitney, which is the highest peak in North America, as well as hiking the 16 mile Zions Narrows, which is one of the largest slot canyons in the world. We love to travel, and although we don't frequently travel internationally as a whole family, have been to most of the countries of Europe, several of the countries in Latin America, as well as China, and India as individuals or small groups. I enjoy a number of sports including football, basketball, weightlifting, and snowboarding, but have seen the frequency of my participation morph into watching my children, more frequently than playing myself. A number of years ago, we lost a child in a car accident. The event left a profound impact on my soul, and has focused me on just how short this life is, and important it is that we do those things that will allow us to be together as a family, after this earth life.

Why I am a Mormon

Certainly, part of the reason that I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is due to the influence of my parents. I was born and raised a member in a family that had generational roots deep in the church. That said, similar to the vast majority of people that I know, I came to a point where I had to know of myself whether these things were true, and had to go through my own conversion. I was twelve years old at the time, and was starting to question things in life. I had just started helping out in odd jobs and my parents were suggesting that I save 50% of everything that I earned for a misssion. As a young man, this wasn't particularly appealing. This and other changes that I started seeing in my friends caused me to want to know for myself whether it was true, and therefore justified all of the work and effort that was required, or whether I would go on my own way, similar to some of my friends. As a result of this desire to know, I read the Book of Mormon, in Study Hall in Jr. High School. I remember the day that I finished the Book of Mormon for the first time, and leaned back in my chair there in Study Hall, in Jr. High, and thought to myself "it's true". As I thought this, I was overcome with a feeling of peace, warmth, and certainty that caused me to know that it was true, and that I remember to this day.

How I live my faith

While I do serve in the church and have had a number of calling that range from working with the Young Men in Scouting, to serving as part of the eclesiastical leadership of the local congregation, for me, "Living My Faith" is predominantly about how I incorporate the truths of the gospel in my daily life. Working on my actions so that I can answer the following questions as Christ would want me to: What am I doing today to insure that my wife, is happy? How can I develop my relationship with my children so that I'll be in a position to positively influence them as they come to the many decisions that they'll face in life? Am I honest in my dealings with my fellow men? What can I do to increase my service in the area of stewardship that I have been given in the church to care for others? What can I do to positively influence those around my in my work place, my community, and nation? As I strive to act in accordance with the knowledge that God has given to us collectively through the gospel, or more specifically, to me individually through my testimony, it brings joy and peace into my life.