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Hi I'm Darla

I am a daughter of God, a devoted wife, a proud mother of four children and step-mother of three. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I joined the church when I was 20 years old. I served a full-time proselyting mission when I was 23 years old, in Ft. Worth, TX (2 months while waiting for my visa) and Porto Alegre, Brazil (14 months) where I met some of the most wonderful people I will ever know. I love my husband and children with all my heart. I enjoy walking, riding my bike, camping, hiking, going to the movies, reading, genealogy/family history and taking pictures of my family and nature. I love serving in the church and in the community.

Why I am a Mormon

I was 19 years old when I learned about the Mormon church. I began taking the missionary discussions from two wonderful Senior Missionaries. I did not accept their message right away but I knew that what they were teaching me was good. There were a lot of life changes that I had to make before deciding to become a Mormon. It was during a lesson about Joseph Smith, the prophet that changed my life. I was a skeptical at first about his story. I questioned how a boy, or anyone, could be chosen as a prophet in our days? It was during that discussion however, that the spirit witnessed to me that God and Jesus Christ were real and that they called Joseph Smith to be a latter-day prophet. I felt a sweet, peaceful, and happy feeling that testified to me that what those missionaries were teaching me was true. It was easy to recognize the spirit since it was so different from what I was used to. It was the greatest and happiest feeling I had ever felt and I wanted more of it. It took me a year to make the lifestyle changes that it takes to join the Mormon church. Peer pressure worked really hard on me to continue the ways I was living. As the spirit worked within me, my life was made better. The gospel changed my life completely, for the better. I feel the Holy Ghost testify to me over and over again about the truths that I learned on that day. It helps me get through the small and large bumps on my path to eternal life. I know God lives and that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I know families can be together forever and that God has a plan for us all. I am so grateful for this knowledge which makes life a much happier place to live.

How I live my faith

I find true happiness in helping and serving others in my church and in my community. I have enjoyed serving in the church during my 25 years as a member. I have served in many callings in the church and have learned so much from that service. I have served in Primary where we teach our children the gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ. I have served in Relief Society which is a women's organization that helps families in times of need and despair. We are in the service of God, our Heavenly Father, when we are in the service of our fellow man. I have never hesitated to let people know that I am a Mormon because I know the joy that the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring to a person's life. The gospel of Jesus Christ has brought happiness and peace into my life. I am not saying that I do not have trials that sometimes seems too heavy to bare. However, knowing that He is there for me and that He will answer my prayers makes it all worth going through. I understand now that trials are just stepping stones to my progress in life. I am never alone as long as I have faith in God and in the Savior, Jesus Christ, who died for us all. I know God is my Father in heaven and that Jesus Christ is the Savior of all mankind. I know that Families will be together forever beyond this life. Oh, what joy it brings to my heart that I will live with my family forever in the eternities.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Darla
Most members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints would be happy to speak with you about the Mormon religion. As members, we are all missionaries and it is our desire to share the gospel with all those who are willing and open to learn more. I have always told my family and friends that if they want to know more about our religion or a specific religion then they should seek to speak to those of that religion. If you want the truth about Mormons then talk to an active member who attends church on a regular basis. We look forward to talking with anyone who wants to learn about the basics of our religion. It is our duty to spread the truth to all who live on earth. We hope you will feel comfortable enough to talk with us as we are here to answer questions and to serve those who are seeking the truth. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Darla
We must have faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ and believe that he gave his life for all of God's children so that we can have eternal life with our Heavenly Father, who is the God of us all. We must believe in Christ's atonement and the teaching's he gave while he lived here on the earth. We must believe that he was born of a virgin in Bethlehem. We must 'take Christ's name upon us' by bearing testimony/witness of Him and our feelings for Him in all things. We must come to an understanding that only through Him can we be saved. We should follow His examples by serving others and loving our neighbors. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Darla
Increasing our faith is a lifelong process. Faith is not something that you can have unless you work on it consistently. It is something we have to work for. Over the years, I have read and studied the scriptures. I have prayed on a daily basis and fasted at least once a month. I pay my tithes and fast offerings as commanded to help build God's kingdom. I cannot say that I have been perfect in all these things but I do strive to and at times I have to work even harder to obey the commandments. By doing these things and inviting the Holy Ghost to be my constant companion I can feel the spirit witness to me the sweet feelings of peace and love. I have these feelings most often at times when I least expect them. I feel them in the morning when I wake up, during the Sunday sacrament meetings and in classroom discussions at church. However, I have also felt them during my drive to work as I am praying for guidance and as I am playing outside with my children. We increase our faith by practicing our faith and living the commandments. As we do these things our faith will grow and our knowledge and understanding will become clear to us. We must be obedient to God's commandments, and study the scriptures, having a desire to know the truth in ALL things, if we want our faith to grow. When we have faith in God we can accomplish many great and wonderful things in our own personal lives. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Darla
Through the Holy Ghost we can know the truth of all things. The Holy Ghost helps me recognize the truth and helps me make good and right choices. The Holy Ghost comforts me when I am going through trials and adversity in my life that seem unbearable. It comforts me in times of sorrow and pain. The sweet feelings of peace, calmness, joy and happiness are when I know the Holy Ghost is helping me and guiding me. We cannot feel the prompting of the Holy Ghost when we are doing things that are wrong or deceitful. We can choose to have the constant companion of the Holy Ghost or we can choose to make it leave us when we do things that are not righteous. We can receive the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost when we are baptized and are confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Holy Ghost is given to us by a person who has received the priesthood authority to lay their hands upon our heads as newly baptized members of the church. It is a blessing that we receive. However, in order to receive the Holy Ghost depends on whether we are keeping the commandments of God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Darla
Mormons believe that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, our Savior, that we will live forever as resurrected beings. When we die here on earth, our bodies are laid to rest but our spirit returns to our Father in Heaven. We believe that because of our Savior's sacrifice that we will all live together as families after this life. We can be married to our spouses and sealed to our families for eternity in the holy temples of God. I am so grateful for the testimony I have of this part of God's plan for me and my family. It is comforting to me to know that the children I helped bring into this world and have a deep love for and my sweet husband that I love with all my heart will be with me forever even after this mortal life. It is the plan of true happiness. Show more Show less