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Hi I'm Darren

I'm a Utah native, but I've lived and worked across the US and around the world. I make cool products at Google.

About Me

My family has strong roots in Utah, but elsewhere too: my grandparents immigrated to the US from Denmark in the mid-twentieth century. Perhaps that's one reason that I love to visit and learn about new places. I've spent time living in Japan, Korea, and Switzerland, and traveled to several dozen countries around the world. I attended a well-known university in New England, and my academic and intellectual interests are broad: science and engineering, business and economics, history and law, religion and foreign languages. Right now I spend a lot of my time thinking about the intersection of computer science and geography, since my day job is to develop and improve Google Maps. In my spare time, I like to program my computer, go hiking and mountain biking, and occasionally bake things.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon since I was born -- I suppose it was my default option since that's what my parents and grandparents were. But after several decades of involvement, I can say with confidence that habit and family tradition are the least of the reasons that I'm still involved in the church. I think that Mormonism has a uniquely coherent story to tell about why all of us are here on earth and what God wants us to accomplish with our lives -- or perhaps even more importantly, what he wants us to become. I also have a strong belief in the Book of Mormon: after having read it probably at least 10 times, I continue to find teachings and principles that enrich my life (and also enrich my understanding of other scriptures like the Bible). I find continual joy in seeing how the gospel of Jesus Christ has changed the lives of many people around me, and how it has helped me change my life in important ways so that I can be a better person and reach my full potential.

How I live my faith

In my local congregation, I fulfill a few roles for our men's organization -- mostly facilitating communication, taking roll at our meetings, and other tasks to help us understand who's involved and how we can provide service to each other and in the broader community. I also work with many other Mormons from the Silicon Valley area and from the church's headquarters offices in Utah in an organization called LDSTech, which is intended to help tech-savvy Mormons connect with each other and contribute to the development of top-notch web and software tools that are used by members and leaders of the church.