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Hi I'm Darran Herrington

I grew up in small farm town U.S.A. I am a brother to six, an unckle to more than a few, someone who makes mistakes, and a mormon.

About Me

My name is Darran. In high school I played a little football, a little trombone, and participated in a lot of Boy Scouts, along with other extracurricular’s. I like to do a bit of everything, it’s just who I am. I was born and raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in Avon Illinois. I didn't always understand what that meant, to be a member of The Church. In fact when I was about 15 I really questioned why I was a member. Often when I knew someone was watching me I would put on an act pretending to be a good member of the church, even though as soon as they turned around I would do exactly what everyone counseled me not to do. I had the teenage "Me, Me, Me syndrome" at the time I was more worried about what the cute girls and the popular crowd thought about me, then what God thought of me. Deep inside I knew that everything my parents taught me was true, but parts of me didn't care. I did what I wanted to do, and I payed for it. People at school could tell I wasn't being real, people at church knew I was faking, but I was so convinced I was good at lying that I kept going with it. I was not perfect and I'm not perfect now, but while serving as a missionary I chose to quit the act. Now I know who I am, I am a son of the living God, and I don't have to be perfect. Being a member of "The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints" is not about being perfect, but becoming perfect, I am a sibling, son, and uncle to my family and, I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this church because after all I have done this one still feels right. As a youth I didn't have much a choice to stay home from church or not, and I'm greatfull for that because I would be in quite a different place today if I had the choice. I don't remember any amazing sermons from when I was young but I remember how I felt. I never left church thinking "dang it would have been so much better if I had stayed home." There was always something that would touch my heart, a song perhaps or maybe as a child I did hear some good sermons. Whatever it was I remember feeling good. As I grew up and started to find my place in the world I never forgot those feelings. I found that when I did something good that same feeling would come back, and when I did something bad I would feel bitter and broken inside. One Sunday when I was about 11 one of my youth teachers talked about someone named the holly ghost. A member of the God head, someone who with out a body could speek to our spirits. He was the messenger of God, and the feeling we got when at church or when we did something good was a message from him saying that we were doing what God wanted us to. And the bad feeling we got when doing something bad was him warning us that we shouldn't be doing that. That lesson touched me, because right as he was speaking that feeling came back to me, as if the holly ghost was introducing himself. There is still a lot that I don't know, and I'm sure there are something's I won't know in this life. But I know that I can trust that spirit, that feeling because I have proved him in my life. 2nd Nephi 32:8 "....For if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray, ye would know that ye must pray...." John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying. As a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints I have a few responsibilities. First I have to do what I can to be obedient to Gods commands including the word of wisdom, Ten Commandments and others. I am expected to keep these standards of living, and lately I am doing alright. I haven't always kept them though, I have made mistakes just like everyone else. When I make those mistakes I'm tankful I can change and become better through the Grace of Jesus Christ. 2nd Nephi 25: 23 "For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by GRACE that we are saved, after ALL WE CAN DO." After seeing the way that the savior has helped us we naturally want others to get that same help. Another part of living this gospel is sharing it with others, and giving our time and talents as service for others. I will never forget going out with my father one hot summer morning and digging a grave for an elderly woman's dog. I hated it, it was fun for the first hour spending time with my dad, but after a while it was just hot and tiring. But then this woman comes out with water and thanks us for digging the grave. She told us how she had this dog for fifteen years, and how she raised it like a puppy. Although I did not hold he sorrow for the death of this dog, I was able to see what our efforts meant to her. The next few hours weren't just hot to me, they were a sacrifice for this woman who missed her canine friend. Galatians 6:10 "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men...." I have served also as a missionary for the church, helping others to understand what and why we believe. I'm greatfull for the time I was able to spend as a missionary. It helped me to better understand my own beliefs, and helped me to live them.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Darran Herrington
Do you remember that time as a kid when you broke something you couldn't fix? Like that time where the kids were playing baseball in the backyard and sent a ball flying over the fence into the neighbors window. As youth they don't have the ability to fix or buy a new window, the best that they alone can hope to do is say sorry and give the few dollars they have in there piggy bank. Like those kids we make mistakes we can't fix a lone but we have a loving father in heaven who is willing to help pay for the "broken windows." He did this by sending his son Jesus The Christ, our old brother to pay the ultimate price that we never could have paid. Now this dosnt mean that we don't have to worry about the mistakes we made. Just like those kids, even with there parents paying for the damage they did, the kids are still in trouble. But now they are in trouble from there parents who will teach them not to play baseball in the yard, and maybe even expect them to tell there siblings the same. After we sin God pays the difference for us, but he expects us to not do it again, and to learn from the experience. Because one day he wants us to be better, he wants us to be able to pay for "broken windows," but to do that we have to be better than we are. There is a God in heaven who loves us. John 3: 16 For God so bloved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Show more Show less