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Hi I'm Darrell

I grew up in Logan, Utah; worked for the Department of Energy for 35 years; now live in Blackfoot, Idaho. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I worked hard all my life starting at the age of 10, and studied very hard to get college scholarships and earn a Master of Science Degree. I graduated from Utah State University as a valedictorian. I worked for the Department of Energy for 35 years on nuclear reactor experiments, and other scientific projects to support a family of five children. All our children did well in school and were involved in many outside activities. I love to read, to garden and I love coin collecting as a hobby. I was one of the people who started the soccer program in my town and refereed for over 20 years while my family was growing up. I served in leadership positions in my church all my life, but one of the things I enjoyed most was preserving records of baptisms and marriages through making them available on the computer data bases. My wife and I currently work at a family history center helping ourselves and others to find ancestors. We love to travel and have visited Alaska, San Francisco, New York and Central America this past year and find it easy to get to know people.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a small town where virtually all the people were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As such it was a way of life and very much a social setting. I went to church and learned a great deal about the Bible, Book of Mormon and the Savior's teachings, but to say I had a testimony at that time was not true. However, at the age of 19 I was asked if I wanted to serve a mission for the church and was confronted with what did I really believe. I took a college course on the Book of Mormon and a wonderful teacher taught through both the Book of Mormon and the Bible about the great sacrifice of the Savior - both the Atonement for our sins and the Resurrection. For the first time it really touched my heart and so I decided to go on a mission to Chile. There I grew to love people and not only did we teach the people about the doctrines of our church, but about our brotherhood as children of God who loves every one of us. We served by helping many of them and brought them great hope. Following my mission I, through the service and callings described above, have grown to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored church of the Savior with Priesthood power and all the doctrines that were lost or modified over the centuries of the dark ages. I cannot point to one great event in my life like Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus, but I have asked myself if I could ever deny that there is a God who is the Father of our spirits, or that Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world, or any of the doctrines about eternal families, the resurrection, priesthood power that validates spiritual ordinances, and I know within my soul that I could not do that. I simply know within every fiber of my being that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. That is why my wife and I have decided to serve a mission, once again in Chile to help God's children there.

How I live my faith

When I was a young man I served as a missionary in Chile where I grew to love those people so much. After graduating from school and getting married I did a lot of volunteer work in the community with the Cub Scouts, the AYSO soccer as a trainer of referees, and as a referee in all age groups for over 20 years. I remember the Teton Dam break and all the work we did sand bagging and cleaning out flooded dammaged homes. I am a merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America, and following retirement I worked as a substitute teacher in the school system. In my church I worked on extracting genealogical records for preservation. I have also worked as a leader with children, youth, and adults, and most recently I served as the Bishop, the local leader of an LDS congregation. My wife and I also have served as local missionaries in our town, and as consultants in the local genealogical library helping people research their ancestors. Over all my life have been a home teacher - a person assigned to visit and help approximately four families. I did so with my father from the time I was twelve and continue to this day visiting three young couples with children and an older gentleman. I also assist our senior member of our congregation who is 90 to attend his church services.