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Hi I'm Darin

I'm a survivor of sexual abuse and I believe that the Atonement of Jesus Christ makes me free from my past. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My early life was defined by a significant amount of time of being sexual abuse and then my parents divorce. As a young teenage I struggled to find happiness in my circumstances but the Gospel of Jesus Christ provided the hope and light that I needed. After returning home from my mission for health issues I went to school at Brigham Young University. There, I struggled to define what person I wanted to be. I came to the realization that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ I am free to choose a life in which I am happy and free from the pains of my past. I am now married to my wonderful wife and we have two beautiful children. I am currently working on my PhD in political science at Cornell University. I hope that I can be a professor of political science and work to help countries develop democratically.

Why I am a Mormon

Despite being raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I did little in my early life to find out if it was true for myself. When I was 19 I was challenged to find out if it was true for myself. This was a terrifying experience. If I were to find out it wasn't true I would have to walk away from a life that was a significant part of me. I would have had to disappoint my mother who I love with all my heart. Hoping to find the truth I knelt was told Heavenly Father that I believed that the Book of Mormon was true and asked for confirmation. It didn't come immediately but it did come! I have an undeniable witness of the truth of the Book of Mormon. This has served as an anchor in my life as I experience doubt and cynicism concerning religion and this Church. After this experience I studied the life of Jesus Christ. Through a similar process I came to know that he is the Son of God and that He lives. He lives! Because he lives we each can hold on to the hope that we can be free from sin and death. I love this knowledge.

How I live my faith

As a life long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints I have had many opportunities to serve. I have found that, despite being introverted, there is little that brings me more joy than being involved in the lives of others. I love being able to get to know members of my local congregation, understand what they are going through, and being there to support them. I find immense reward in seeing others exercise faith in Jesus Christ and allow their lives be filled with the light and love of the gospel. Everyday I strive to be a little bit better. This is one of the hardest things to do. Life can become busy and, quite simply, overwhelming. I have found that when I diligently seek our Father in Heaven through prayer and study that I am the most happy. As someone who was sexually abused I usually only shared my experience with those with whom I most intimate. I have discovered, however, that I can be a source of strength to others. There are many others who have experience a great deal of pain due to the decisions of others. Despite this we are each free because of Jesus Christ. I have come to know that despite the darkness that I experienced, I do not have to be defined by what happened to me. I can define who I am to become. Instead of living in the past I can live in the future. This is one reason why I am making this profile. I hope that for others who have experienced the immense pain of abuse I can be a source of light and hope. You are loved. Life can be better.