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Hi I'm Darrell

I'm a Mormon - and I am happy.

About Me

I work as a manager in the Information Technology Department at a local college. I enjoy my career, having worked with electronics and computers for more than forty years. My wife and I have been married for 39 years. We have four children and eight wonderful grandchildren. We live in a great, diverse neighborhood on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many reasons why I belong to this church. The most important reason is that I know that it is true. Even if I based that belief entirely on logic, it would still be true. The answers to so many of life's questions are found in the LDS Church doctrine. However, my beliefs are based, not only on logic, but also on knowledge that comes from applying Gospel principles taught in church and seeing the results over time - and feeling the promptings of the still, small voice of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

First, and foremost, I am happy. That happiness comes from trying my best to live principles of Christ's gospel, which include being a good husband and father, providing service to others, helping those in need, treating others fairly, and living God's commandments. I enjoy attending church meetings each week. I have been actively involved in church since I was young. Currently, I have a calling in the Church in our High Priests' Group.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Darrell
Everyone is welcome to weekly services in our church meetinghouses. Local congregations, called wards, hold a 3-hour meeting "block" each Sunday that consists of a combined worship service called Sacrament Meeting (lasting a little over an hour), Sunday School classes for those 12 years old and up, and Primary classes for those between the ages of 3 -12. The final 45 minutes also consists of Priesthood meeting for men and boys and Relief Society and Young Women for women and girls. In Sacrament Meeting, we partake of the Sacrament (communion), emblems of broken bread and water, symbols of Chirst's sacrifice for us. We do not pass a plate for donations in church meetings. Church donations are made privately to local church leaders. In Sacrament Meeting, we also hear sermons preached by local members of the Church and sing hymns to invite the the Lord's spirit to our meetings. People attending church are expected to wear clothing that expresses an appropriate reverence to God, although no one will be turned away. Sunday school classes teach the doctrine of the Church, using the scriptures and other resources. In Priesthood meetings, young men and adult men learn about their duties and responsibilities in the Church and in their families. Young women and adult women have similar courses in Young Women and Relief Society. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Darrell
God has commanded His people to build temples since Old Testament times. In the New Testament, we read where Jesus cast people out of the temple because they were defiling it. God's temples are holy places where sacred ordinances are performed for the living and, by proxy, on behalf of dead ancestors. These ordinances are binding in this life and in the eternities. These temples are the most holy buildings we build in our church. Only those who are "worthy" are allowed into the temples. Worthy does not mean perfect, it means worthy. Worthiness is determined in an interview between a member of the church and local Priesthood authorities (Bishop and Stake President). In such an interview, the Priesthood leader asks specific questions about Church doctrine and practices that a person must abide by in order to be considerd worthy to enter the temple. The ceremonies in the temple are "sacred" meaning, among other things, that we discuss them in detail only while inside the temple. Even those of us who have been to the temple many times do not discuss the ceremonies among ourselves outside the temple because we believe them to be sacred enough that we should keep those conversations inside the holy place. In the temple, we participate in sacred ceremonies including, Baptism for the Dead, Endowments, Sealings, and Eternal Marriages. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Darrell
Although there are many logical reasons to accept Mormonism as Jesus Christ's true Gospel, we do not ask anyone to accept anything based solely on logic. The best way to know the truth is to go to the source of all truth. In order to believe that Mormonism is true, you would first have to believe that God exists, and that He cares enough about His children, here on earth, to answer the sincere prayers of their hearts. If you believe that, all you have to do is learn about principles of His Church and pray to Him and ask if they are true or not. Anyone who humbly asks will know. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Darrell
In the early days of the Church, many people began to refer to us as Mormons because we believe in the Book of Mormon, a record of an ancient people that lived in North and South America, which record was translated through the gift and power of God by Joseph Smith. Although we believe the Bible to be the word of God, as written by ancient prophets in and around Jerusalem, we also believe that there are other writings from other prophets in other parts of the world. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord over all of the earth, not just Jerusalem. Mormon is actually the name of one of the great ancient prophets who wrote in the book and made an abridgment of what had been written by previous prophets. It is an honor for us to be associated with his name. However, we believe that we are Jesus Christ's church restored in the latter days. The name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I suppose some people call us Mormons because they don't wish to say the longer, actual name of the church. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Darrell
Batptism is an ordinance that is symbolic of Christ's death and resurrection. It is also symbolic of being washed clean and receiving a new life or being "born again", making promises to God of taking Jesus Christ's name upon us (becoming Christians) and keeping his commandments. Mormons believe that anyone who reaches the age of accountability (8 years old) and wishes someday to enter into Eternal Life with Heavenly Father must begin by first having faith in Jesus Christ, second repenting of sins, third being baptized by immersion and by the proper authority, and fourth receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands. Even Jesus Christ, who was without sin, sought out John the Baptist to be baptized to set an example for us. Young children, under the age of eight, are without blemish in the sight of God and have no need of baptism. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Darrell
The simple answer is: Jesus Christ picks the Mormon prophet. Whenever someone is called as an Apostle, he is given all of the priesthood authority that he needs to be the prophet someday. The senior-most Apostle (longest-tenured) is the Prophet and President of the Church, with the second-most senior Apostle being the President of the Quorum of the Twelve. Upon the death of the President of the Church, the First Presidency is dissolved, authority to lead the Church transfers to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles traditionally then becomes the President of the Church, and he organizes a new First Presidency. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Darrell
Yes. Archaelogical and anthropological evidence also points to a visit to ancient inhabitants from a god that descended from heaven.  It also makes sense that Jesus Christ is the Lord of the entire world. He ministers to people in all areas, not just in Jerusalem or other Bible lands. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Darrell
Yes. We use the Bible's teachings about Jesus Christ, written by ancient prophets and apostles, to guide our lives. However, we believe that the verses in the Bible have not always been translated correctly because its contents were collected over time by scholars and others, and later translated and interpreted by "committees, royalty, and politicians" to become what we have today. We believe that many "plain and precious" parts of the prophets' original writings were left out or altered over time. We use the Bible extensively in our instruction and all of our beliefs have Biblical references. In fact, we probably utilize the teachings of Jesus Christ and literal translations from the Bible more readily than many other churches do. We also believe that God has spoken to many other prophets over the years, some of whose writings are not contained in the Bible. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Darrell
No. We worship God, the Eternal Father as the Father of our Spirits. We also worship the resurrected Jesus Christ as the living head of our Church and as the Savior and Redeemer of mankind. All of us can be saved through His eternal sacrifice. We (Mormons) do not worship Joseph Smith any more than we worship Moses or Abraham. We do not pray to Joseph Smith. We do not consider him to be a god. We believe he is a prophet. We believe that God spoke to prophets and apostles anciently, that it stopped temporarily only because His apostles were all killed, and that He chose not to restore His Church organization and His Priesthood to the earth until a later time. He still speaks to prophets today. Joseph Smith was the first in a line of latter-day prophets. We believe that Jesus Christ restored the organization and ordinances of Christ's original church to the earth in 1830 through Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Darrell
Many of our customs are similar to those of other faiths. We build Church buildings to be inspiring and functional. Our Sunday worship services, held in chapels around the world, are considered sacred meetings. When we attend we, therefore, dress in a way that shows sacred respect and reverence toward Jesus Christ. Most men wear white shirts, ties, and suits to Sunday services, however, no one will be turned away or even questioned unless their attire is too provocative or immodest. Most women wear modest blouses, skirts, and dresses to Sunday services. Again, no one will be turned away or even questioned unless it immodest or completely distracts from sacred worship in God's house. Appropriate attire for meetings or activities held on other days of the week should also be modest, although more casual clothing is generally worn unless a meeting is held specifically in the chapel portion of the building. We are free to celebrate any holidays that we wish. Christmas, Easter, and Mothers' Day are usaually times when we have special programs and activities. Generally, members are encouraged not to celebrate more secular holidays on Sundays. As a result, our children are encouraged to trick-or-treat on October 30th if Halloween falls on a Sunday. If New Years Eve is a Sunday, we are enccouraged to hold special fireside meetings for youth or spend time with family. Show more Show less