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Hi I'm Darleen

I'm a mom, a wife, and a homemaker. I am a dental hygienist and a musician. I love camping and hiking. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love life...I love the mountains, the beach, playing hard, working hard. I love music and am both a pianist and a harpist. And I love to sing, but just for myself, not for others! I am a dental hygienist and truly love the work I do and getting to know my community. Most of all I love the people in my life....friends and family. I grew up in California in a large, loving family, which gave me a strong foundation of values and dreams for my life. I married the most wondeful man in the world 26 years ago. He makes me laugh every day! We live in the mountains of Colorado and enjoy hiking, climbing mountains, camping, and backpacking. And we have six great kids ranging in age from 10 to 23. We have a lot of fun together, the eight of us, and I can't imagine my life without them. I love being a mom, a wife, a homemaker. And I have some really amazing friends, people who would do anything for me, and that makes me a pretty happy person!

Why I am a Mormon

Some people would say I'm a Mormon because I was raised in the LDS church. And that is true. But I have to say, that is not why I'm a Mormon today. So I've explored the question: Why am I a Mormon? I've come up with three compelling reasons. First, I love the life that the LDS Church teaches me to live...based on the importance of strong families, loving and serving others, respecting everything and everyone in this world, caring for my body, education, hard work, and wholesome recreational activities. There is not a better prescription for happiness than what the LDS Church offers. And I cannot imagine raising children in today's world without that foundation and pattern. Secondly, the LDS Church and its doctrine has given me strength and hope in the face of difficulties. Whether it's been feeling lost not knowing the path to take, or dealing with my inadequacies, or struggling with parenting, or facing the tragic death of loved ones, the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ has had the answer. It surely does not prevent the challenges, we all have them. But it teaches me the purpose of opposition, how to find hope through despair, and how to access God's powerful love, peace, and perspective through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Mostly, I am a Mormon because the Holy Spirit has testified to me that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is truly Christ's church. At times my faith was challenged and I had to explore my deepest convictions. I tried peeling back my layers of faith, discarding each one to see how it felt. In the process I came to a more profound knowledge of a few basic truths...there is a God in heaven, I am His daughter, He loves me and is available and capable of helping me. He has given us His Son, Jesus Christ, who is my personal Savior. And Christ's church exists today in its fullness, directed by His prophet. The Book of Mormon is true. No one can read it sincerely seeking and not come to know that. And that is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith influences every day of my life. It takes me often to my knees seeking direction from my Heavenly Father, and He generously offers it. I am so grateful for that! To know that He is there, wanting to help me, wise enough, powerful enough. The knowledge that I have a loving, generous, wise and powerful Father in Heaven and that I can communicate with Him is the single most important thing I possess. I love Him so much! And I love people. Christ gave us the perfect example of how to do that, and I am often asking myself, "What would the Savior do here?" Then I try to do it. I also try to share my faith with others, because it has been such an incredible source of strength and happiness in my life, making things eaiser in difficult times and maximizing my joy in good times. Sometimes it just means I'm engaging in an uplifting conversation at work, trying to lift someone's spirits. Sometimes it means I am working with the youth in our church, helping them find themselves and their own belief system. Currently I am the president of the women's Relief Society organization for our congregation, and one of our purposes is to "seek out and help others in need" so we are constantly looking for ways to help those in our community who need help. And there are many who do. Sometimes it is overwhelming, to see the needs and not be able to fill them all. However, I have come to undersatnd that the Savior is really the "help" that we all need, and that if we sincerely turn to Him, everything else falls into place. I love the opportunites my church gives me to live my faith in the service of others. That is how the joy of Christ's gospel is fully realized.