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Hi I'm Darren Funk

Born in Canada, grew up in Northern California. I volunteer in my church, community, & around the world. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Alberta Canada, and grew up on a walnut farm in Northern California. There are 7 siblings and I'm grateful to my parents for teaching us to work. I am not married and I do not have children at this time. In my free time I enjoy family functions, freedom in the outdoors by cycling, hiking, camping, snow skiing, snow shoeing, golf, and other adventurous activities. Having graduated from university with an Economics degree, I worked in finance for a number of years and now in the insurance & risk management industry with commercial enterprises. This is a joy & passion that allows me to live my faith even more.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an area of California where I observed many struggles among peers & friends. As I grew up and attended middle and high school, I identified material differences, that manifest themselves in how I lived vs those around me. My life was being protected by the teachings and example of my parents, church leaders, coaches (sports), friends, and other family. By the time I graduated from high school, I had many classmates that had dropped out of school, given the effects of their choices After moving away to attend college in a another state, I began searching my soul to figure out who I was, what I wanted in life, and not rely on the life that was presented by my environment and support of the past. Praying, personal study of the scriptures, and obedience to any personal beliefs was by choice, not a perceived expectation. As a result of this process I decided to serve an LDS volunteer mission in Bulgaria in 1995-96 and finished my 2 year missionary service in Anchorage, AK. What a great mix of experiences where I learned from observing & serving others that I enjoyed so many blessings. I have found such joy, peace, and power by coming to know God the Eternal Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Their love for me and all people has no limitations and a plan they have revealed to ancient and modern day prophets is designed to teach, remind, and comfort us thru this life. I have experienced and shared this knowledge with others around the globe in my travels. Although we may all be different from where I grew up or where we are today, we are all so similar. There were many good people, there were some that were struggling to find joy & happiness in this life. I found that my journey in life had prepared me to share this with others. I am a Mormon because my life continues to be so blessed, protected, and I receive great power thru lifes challenges, as I strive to live as Jesus Christ did and does.

How I live my faith

I serve as a volunteer with my church, community, nation, and the world. I life my faith as I build friendships with family, neighbors, and strangers. I hope to learn how to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ as I serve those I come in contact with and often find my life is touched as I gain perspective from others. I volunteer with an international not-for-profit organizations in fund raising, building awareness, and developing business relationships to help eradicate extreme poverty globally. I serve on a board of a for-profit organization that is instrumental in the research, development, and deployment of technology that helps provide food security & commercial opportunity for individuals, families, & communities specifically in 3rd world areas.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Darren Funk
A testimony for me is based on beliefs in God the Father, the life & ministry of His Son Jesus Christ, the commandments that are designed to bless our lives. Christ established a church while he lived on the earth and called 12 apostles that oversaw Christs church. I believe the church is important, as it was the way that Christ sent his servants to teach and bless all people and specifically those that desired to follow the Savior. This same pattern continues today with living prophets & apostles that guide Christs church, which was restored by the latter day prophet Joseph Smith. My testimony is built by first learning about and believing in God, His Son, Christs life/ministry, & the way he set up a church in ancient days. After I learn, ponder & ask questions of how or why this may be important for me, I pray to God to know more (James 1:5) about His will. I learn thru the direction of the Holy Ghost (spirit) what I should do next. As I strive to obey, I learn for myself if it continues to work or feel right for me. Thus my testimony is my personal witness of things I've learned and come to know for myself. This is what we as members and missionaries of the church desire to share with others... because it's our personal testimony (beliefs backed by experience). If it blesses my life, I desire to share it. If you are reading this, I invite you to consider what I have come to know. Show more Show less