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Hi I'm Darrell Davis

I'm a Mormon. I am also a lawyer and a Texan. Many years ago I was a TV news anchor and later in TV station management.

About Me

I am a child of God, a widower, father, uncle, cousin, brother, brother-in-law, son, grandfather, great-grandfather. I believe in individual liberty and small conservative government. I am an ordained High Priest, an American, Texan, a person loyal to friends, a jokester. I know of no enemy. I’ve been a Bishop and Second Counselor in a Stake Presidency, and a Temple Worker. I was born in 1940. I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was 24, married, with a child. This is a saying of my wife, Loween, spoken a week or so before her passing: “You know, our day of death is what we work for all our life. We were in the pre-mortal life and when we were to come here, we had one goal: to live our life and finish it successfully, and then come back home. Our day of death is our big day and probably our happiest day. It’s when we’ve completed what we came here to do.”

Why I am a Mormon

When my wife and I were expecting our first child, I wondered what my core beliefs were about life and God. I had been raised by wonderful parents in a mainstream Christian Protestant lifeview (Disciples of Christ--The Christian Church.) I read the New Testament thoroughly. I prayed. I remembered that in college I had read The Book of Mormon, and I could recall some of it, especially the account of Jesus Christ appearing to some ancient inhabitants of this hemisphere. I went to our local city library and found some books about the Mormons, both pro and con. One book I read was "Gospel Doctrine--the teachings of Joseph F. Smith." He was President of the Church 1903-1918 and was a nephew of Joseph Smith who was the founding prophet of the Church. The teachings in that book appealed to my intellectual bent. The Book of Mormon itself, however, was the key. I told a friend of my teenage brother something about Jesus coming to this side of the world and he said he had a Book of Mormon at home and did I want it. I did and then had my own copy. I persuaded my wife to let me invite the missionaries to our home, and in a switch from the usual situation, WE sought out the missionaries in our town. We decided to be baptized, but immediately I was clouded over with a darkness I had never experienced. It could have been interpreted as a sign I should not join. I had to escape and when I told my wife I could not join, I was immediately relieved. As months went on, however, I began to read the Book of Mormon and a church magazine which came every month. One day, I read something to Loween out of the magazine and I noticed her disinterest. I questioned her and she said "I'm not going to get excited again over something you're not going to let us have." That set me off on a spiritual self-examination that led to my firm conviction that becoming a "Mormon" was absolutely what we should do and if I continued to put it off, I was accountable. We joined, and never deviated.

How I live my faith

Every day, I am conscious of being a child of God, that I have a Heavenly Father, and a Savior who suffered beyond comprehension to fulfill a magnificent plan of life. I am always aware that life is a test and an experience that is for our eternal good. I am conscious hour by hour that there are divine standards to be kept in my decisions and in my dealings and relationships. I kneel and pray morning and evening, to check in with my eternal father, give thanks, ask for the things I feel I need in my life, discuss the issues of my life and close in the name of his beloved son, my redeemer. I try to be a good example and be a noble son. I believe in the power of kindness and try to help and lift up people. Don't think I am a supercilious perfect person. I am a fairly mediocre person, but I know in whom I trust, and to whom I am ultimately accountable for my deeds and attitudes.