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Hi I'm Darwin

I was raised in Idaho on a dairy farm and now work for a world class aerospace company. I'm a husband, father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up, my life was all about farming. I was recognized with the honor of an Idaho Stake Farmer Degree and fully expected to follow in my father's footsteps as a farmer. Then one day I felt there was something else I needed to do in life. That path led me to architecture studies and later to design engineering. It was also through attending the university that I met my sweetheart. I often wonder if I had not followed those gentle promptings to follow a different course in life if I would have every met my wonderful wife. Now 27 years later I know it was the best decision I could ever have made. We both had the desire for a large family. However following the birth of our 3 child, and the difficulty of that pregnancy, my wife was not able to have any other children. After eight years, we felt our family was not complete. Through much prayer and miracles, we have been blessed to adopt four wonderful African American children. Our family is now complete. Having seven children requires patience, love, sacrifice, and faith. It requires laughter, discipline, organization. and time. I am still learning to obtain these attributes, but the journey is fun. I love to hike, camp, spend time at the beach, and experience new adventures with the family. I am working towards my Private Pilots license. And our family owns a 20-acre tree farm that provides plenty of work opportunities. Who would have ever thought a small town farm boy from Idaho could be so blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as was my mother's parents and my father's mother. Because of this one would think that Mormonism was just a part of my life. However in my childhood years it was easy to let weekend activities like camping and fishing take priority over attending Church on Sundays. I even remember one wintery Sunday morning my father took our family to purchase a new snowmobile and we spent the day riding through the fields on our farm. That all changed when I turned twelve years old. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a young man has an opportunity of being ordained a Deacon at the age of twelve. This does require that the young man is obeying the commandments, attending Church services, and is worthy to participate in priesthood duties. My parents decided if I was to receive the priesthood there would have to be some changes in our family. It was difficult to make this transition when friends were still enjoying the weekend outings. The turning point in my life occurred at the age of fourteen. I was selected by our local chapter of Future Farmers of America to travel to Kansas City, Kansas to attend the national convention. It was my first time away from home. Inexperience was certainly the description for me. On the second of seven days being to be gone, I went to pay for my breakfast at the hotel and had no wallet. It contained all my money. Scared and not knowing what to do, I went back to my hotel room and knelt to pray. I don't remember all the words that were spoken as I sobbed during the prayer, but I do remember the overwhelming feeling of peace that came to me. When I finished and stood up, the phone rang and it was the hotel clerk stating that somebody had just turned in my wallet. The experience that day helped me to know there is a loving Heavenly Father that hears and answers prayers, and a Savior, even Jesus the Christ that can save us from any situation.

How I live my faith

The great blessing of being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which has no paid clergy, is you have many opportunities to serve. The appointment to a specific calling doesn't come by campaigning or popularity. As an example: One week I was serving as a teacher in the Nursery Class which are children ages 18 months to 3 years old. The next week I was called to serve as the bishop, or pastor, of a congregation of 500 people. I went from wiping runny noses, coloring pictures, and teaching little children about Jesus, to having the responsibility for conducting funerals, marrying couples, providing counseling, helping those in need, and directing all the affairs that involve a growing congregation. The efficiency of a entirely voluntary service organization is that revelation from God is the key. It directs all that we do. Without this knowledge and testimony there would be no unity among the people. My current calling in the Church involves organizing volunteers to provide welfare services to those in our community. We provide food and necessities to a local homeless shelter. We provide volunteers to sort through clothing and other donated items that are distributed through the Church thrift store called Deseret Industries. We have responsibility for canning tomato products that are distributed all over the United States and Canada for humanitarian needs. And we load food delivery trucks which transports grocery products from the Church Bishop Storehouse to families in temporary need of assistance. Outside the Church I serve as a Commissioner of our community Land Use Advisory commission in a non-paid position. Our children also participate in community athletic organizations. Some nights at the end of a very busy day of work, family events, church service, and community service, I ask myself "Why do I do this?". The answer that usually comes is "Because I love the Savior Jesus Christ." That makes it all worth it.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Darwin
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does much to assist those not of the Mormon faith. The help the Church provides is administered in many different forms, such as: - On a world-wide bases the church provides humanitarian aid around the world as natural disasters strike different countries. This aid is in the form of food, drinking water, temporary housing, clothing, medical aid, dental aid, and job assistance. - From a personal experience in my current Church calling for welfare services at the local level we support community homeless shelters, provide clothing and necessities to local thrift stores, and produce canned goods which are distributed to food banks. Our belief is that all people living on the earth are children of a Heavenly Father. And as such we have obligation to help were we can. The Savior Jesus Christ taught: "Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:37-40) Show more Show less