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Hi I'm Ethan Darby

I'm from Kentucky. I love my family, learning, football, dancing, and rugby. I'm serving a full-time mission in Las Vegas, Nevada.

About Me

I'm currently serving a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Las Vegas, Nevada. It's a blast and I love it here, except for the desert. I'm intensely excited, however, I do miss my girlfriend and family very much. The work in Las Vegas is amazing. The members and people who live in this city are wonderful. I love teaching the Plan of Salvation and specifically about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. It brings joy to me to help others learn about the love our Heavenly Father has for us all. My service here concludes in Februrary of 2015. I plan on coming home at the conclusion of my mission and marrying my best friend. I want to be an orthopedic surgeon or work in developing prosthetics. I want a family and I love children. As far as hobbies go, I spend most of my time with my family and girlfriend. I'm also interested in some online video games and a variety of sports. I played football in high school and a little bit of rugby at the University of Kentucky and loved the opportunity I had to play these sports. Before I left on my mission I attended Brigham Young University-Idaho after transferring from UK. I'd like to transfer to BYU-Hawaii to finish my undergraduate degree.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon faith. Like all young children I borrowed from my parents testimony. Around the age of 14 I could no longer borrow from my parents' or friends' testimonies. I became bored with the church and uncomfortable around the people. I lost contact with most of my church friends and became caught up with many other events and activities that I stopped coming to most functions. After the conclusion of my first semester at the University of Kentucky, I found a testimony of my own. I learned to love the church again, to love the people. I found many good friends and even found my current girlfriend there. She has been a powerhouse in helping me maintain spiritual and educational goals for myself. She has helped me progress so much. I decided last year I desired to serve a mission. I, however, didn't want to spend 3.5 years without this wonderful young woman (im 6 months older therefore our missions would overlap) so I decided to postpone my mission until my 21st birthday. By doing this, she would leave 6 months after me and we'd get back around the same time. I prayed a lot about this and kept getting a "hold on" answer. I knew and felt that what I wanted was right, but there was a piece of it missing. This passed October the missionary age for sisters was reduced to 19 (on her 19th birthday, no less). Our plans changed dramtically. My testimony today stands on the backs of great men, Joseph Smith and Job, and is continually confirmed through sincere prayer.

How I live my faith

We'll, I'm living it every day by trying to be more like Christ. My full-time mission has helped me learn that sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a life-long endeavor. Simply "putting in your two years" isn't enough. Missionary work and service has become part of who I am. I look forward to raising a family and enjoying the blessings of a marriage centered on love for one another and love for our Savior. I'm excited to return home and use the knowledge I've gained on my mission.