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Hi I'm Daryl "J" McCombs

I live in Aberdeen, Idaho. I am a retired high school science teacher, and, I am happy to say, I am a Mormon.

About Me

As a teacher, I taught dual-credit anatomy and physiology, chemistry, physical science, and fit-for-life at our local high school. I loved my job. I also love sports. Over the years, I have coached basketball, football, and track, but, presently, I am not actively coaching. I also ran a summer basketball program for elementary and middle school boys. I especially love the game of basketball and have played it myself for many years. The most important things in my life, however, are my faith and my family. I have enjoyed many opportunities to serve in my church, and, currently, my wife and I are preparing to serve as missionaries for our church in Lubbock, Texas. We have been very happily married for 43 years and enjoy greatly our 8 children, their spouses, and our 29 grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church, because I love my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I know they live and love us and desire to bless us. I also know that our Savior, Jesus Christ, through the instrumentality of a modern prophet, namely Joseph Smith, restored His church and the fullness of His gospel to the Earth. The same church that He established in His day in Jerusalem is once again on the Earth, complete with modern prophets and apostles. It is led by the Savior through revelation as it was in ancient times. Priesthood authority and all the ordinances and gospel truths are on the Earth once again. This church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As part of the restoration brought about through Joseph Smith, there was a great additional book of scripture brought forth. This book is called the Book of Mormon. It is a second witness for the reality of our Savior, Jesus Christ and of His resurrection. It is also a witness of the Savior's latter-day work. If you want to know if this church is Christ's latter-day church, I invite you to read this book and pray to know if it is a true book of scripture inspired by God. I know that it is. I invite you to find out.

How I live my faith

My faith influences every aspect of my life. I love the Savior, Jesus Christ and His gospel. Though I often fall short, I strive to live by our Savior's teachings in all that I do. As noted, I have enjoyed many opportunities to serve as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Included in those service opportunities was a two-year mission to Vienna, Austria. I loved being a missionary. I recently served as the bishop of our local congregation, which we call a "ward". A bishop would be equivalent to a pastor in many churches. There is no paid ministry in our church, so my pay for the significant time I spent serving as a bishop was found in the joy of serving and helping others. Serving as a bishop was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but also one of the most joyous. We have great and loving people in our congregation, who are willing to dive in and help one another and serve in whatever way they are asked. That makes the bishop's job much easier. I grew greatly to love these wonderful people, and their examples of goodness and love greatly strengthened me. Bishops are usually asked to serve for a period of 5 years, at which time someone else is "called" (appointed) to serve as the bishop. That time was up for me in February of this year, so I was released and another was called. After I was released, and after I retired from teaching, my wife and I applied to serve, full-time, as missionaries for our church. Our applications were recently accepted, and we were thrilled to be called to serve in the Lubbock, Texas. My wife and I feel that we have been greatly blessed by our Heavenly Father and His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. We love them. We are overjoyed to dedicate our time and means to serve them and our fellow men and women in any way we can.