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Hi I'm Darla

I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I'm an online student at BYU-Idaho and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am the mother of nine children - 7 boys and 2 girls. I married my best friend 18 years ago. I am a stay-at-home mom. I enjoy quilting, reading, writing, learning new things and spending time with my family! I come from ancestry that has provided depth and meaning to my life. My mother is Samoan and my father is an American-born German. Their examples of hard work and Christ-like service has directed my life's path for good.

Why I am a Mormon

The summer I was 14 my father challenged me to read the Book of Mormon. Being a very goal-driven individual, I was determined to read it and complete it before school began in the fall. What occurred was more than just a completion of a goal. From that moment forward I have been able to say that I am LDS not only because of what my parents taught me, but because of what the Holy Ghost has witnessed to my heart.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite things to do is to visit some of the women in our congregration in their homes. I am assigned to visit four women monthly and share a spiritual message. I love as we share together our joys and sorrows, our hopes and dreams, our experiences with our families and our deep feelings about God.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Chastity is virtue. It is the ability to keep oneself sexually clean before marriage and being faithful to one's spouse after being legally and lawfully wed. It is the understanding that though God has given His children the gift of procreation, He has also given us strict commands on how to use this sacred, holy power. The Law of Chastity is like keeping watch over a fire. If contained correctly, the fire will give warmth, add life and be used in ways that will clean and purify. If not contained and if allowed to get out of control, it will destroy, causing pain and consequences too numerous to count. Keeping the Law of Chastity also includes being pure in thought, clean in language and modest in dress. As I have kept myself chaste, God has blessed me with courage and with confidence. He has given me the knowledge tht He is my Heavenly Father, that I am His daughter, and that He loves me. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Relief Society is an organization for women 18 and older. On Sundays, we meet together to share and learn about things that are pertinent to us as women, as mothers, as daughters of God. Since every Relief Society in every church congregation has different needs, different interests, different talents, we meet once-a-month to cater to those needs and interests as we apply Sunday instruction and Christian living. Yearly, in September, every women in Relief Society is invited to attend or watch through a satellite broadcast, a General Relief Society Meeting. It is a time when women around the world can come together and receive instruction from their general leaders. It is an amazing feeling for me to know that together with tens of thouands of women, we stand as sisters united and firm in the faith of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

We believe that after we die, our spirits are taken up to the spirit world. Those who have been faithful to God during earth life live in happiness and peace. Spirits who did not have the opportunity to hear and accept the gospel of Jesus Christ on earth will have the opportunity to accept it in the spirit world. Spirits remain in the spirit world until the resurrection. After the resurrection, we will be judged of God and then given a place prepared for us according to our thoughts, words and deeds. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Tithing - 10 of our donated income - is a way for me, in such a minute way, to express my gratitude to the Lord for all the blessings He has given me. I have come to learn that tithing is not so much a matter of finance as it is a matter of faith, coupled with my gratitude for God's hand in my life. Show more Show less