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Hi I'm Darin

I'm a husband, father, teacher, hunter, farmer, sportsman, historian, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful woman. We have been married over 20 years. We have adopted 5 children and have enjoyed parenting several other foster children as well. We live on a small farm and raise chickens, sheep, and pigs. As a family, we love traveling and seeing this amazing world and spending time outdoors. We love shooting sports, camping, and roasting marshmallows over a campfire. We also enjoy reading and watching movies.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that chose to put God first in their lives. My parents were not raised active in church but when they married they decided they needed God to assist them in raising their family. As I grew older, I needed to know if God lived and if His church was here on earth and if I should continue to live by its principles. While praying, I had an overwhelming feeling that I already knew the answers to my questions and I knew I needed to continue the faith of my parents. It blessed my life growing up and now it is blessing the life of my children. It is so comforting having direction where the world seems to roam aimlessly in a lost direction.

How I live my faith

I am a teacher by profession. I have a unique roll in my church as I teach religion classes for high school and collage students. I also assist several volunteer teachers in this religious educational program. I enjoy working with great people all over Kentucky. For my family, the Church is the center of our worship and social lives. Each Sunday we worship at the church building followed by Sunday school. We also have weekly activities one evening for the kids to learn and socialize. My wife visits with the other women each week and I play basketball with the men on Saturdays. We read scriptures every morning as a family. This brings in a nice spirit to our home and prepares us to face the day with a spiritual beginning. It helps up put on the "whole armor of God". We say prayers over each meal to give thanks as well as morning and nightly prayers. We also spend every Monday night together as a family. During this "Family Night", we have a brief lesson, playing games, and have a treat together.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

I am married to an amazing woman! We were married in the temple by someone who has the power of God to marry us not only "till death do us part" but for time and all eternity. When you are married to someone as amazing as my wife, you certainly want to be together forever. Jesus Christ gave this power (the Priesthood) to Peter and Peter has passed this power to others. The priesthood is here with us today to bless our lives and to keep marriage and families strong. I am thankful for this gift. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is God's power that he gives us to serve others. When Jesus was on the Earth He gave Peter, James, and John and the other Apostles this priesthood power (See Matthew 16:19). The priesthood is needed when performing work that can be done on Earth that will be valid in Heaven; for example: baptism. When performed with the priesthood, one's baptism is not only valid on Earth but also in Heaven. The priesthood is passed from one man to another by the laying on of hands. This power is given to all men who are clean and worthy so they may bless the lives of others, especially their family. Show more Show less