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Hi I'm Darold Horkley

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am grateful to be a benefactor of a nurturing family. I am married. I have seven children (five daughters and two sons). My life is busy. I struggle to maintain a balance of family, church, friends, work, and hobbies. I enjoy sports, reading, outdoor activities, and cooking. I value serving individuals and the community. Doing service for others makes me feel good, and it improves my outlook on the world. I am amazed at how many people provide selfless, humble, and anonymous service to others. My family and I do not get to see this side of people enough in our busy-everyday lives.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, my mother taught me that I could communicate with God as I prayed. She taught me to express gratitude, to seek forgiveness and protection, and to ask questions when I lacked understanding. I learned that prayer was not a one-way conversation. I learned how to identify God's answers and to hear the prompting of the Holy Ghost. As I grew to be a man, I had to rely on my mother's teachings. At the age of 20 years old, I was faced with diverging paths. One required a testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the restored church of God, and the other path would lead me away on the pursuit of earthly gain and temporal satisfaction. So, I decided to take a challenge issued to me as a young boy. I committed to read the Book of Mormon. I spent the whole summer reading, meditating, and praying. Many times, I was comforted by the teachings that I read, but a confirmation of the book's origin did not come. On the day that I finished, I reviewed carefully the promise of Mormon's son, Moroni (Moroni 10:3-7). I arranged a time alone when I could speak with God in an audible prayer. I reviewed with God my efforts to read and meditate on the teachings of the Book of Mormon. I expressed my sincere desire to know the truth about the book's origin. I committed my life to God, and told Him that I would do as He prompted me. Immediately after speaking my desires and commitment, I was filled with warmth and assurance. I was filled with memories of spiritual experiences. I did not see nor speak with God or the Son, Jesus Christ, but I cannot deny that the feelings I received were of God. These feelings testified to me that God loves me, and I am his son. He has provided a plan for me to return home. Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God. He is my redeemer. The Book of Mormon is a record of ancient American prophets. The book's purpose is to help us understand God's plan and to believe in the atonement of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ is our example. During his life, Christ exemplified faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, and diligence. Being a disciple of Christ requires a concerted effort. I don't claim to be equal to the task, but I am trying to do my best every day. As a husband and a father, I work to provide for my family’s needs. I am grateful for my wife, and I encourage my children. Our family gathers daily for family prayer and scripture study. We set aside each Monday night as a time to be together as a family. Together, we strive to keep the Sabbath day holy, and we visit the temple regularly. My family and I get pleasure from working at the metropolitan parks appreciation day events. I like fund raising and riding my bicycle for charitable events like the Courage Classic and the MS Ride Seattle. I serve in my church as an early morning seminary teacher. I teach a class of about 25-30 high school juniors. Our seminary class last for an hour, four times a week, starting each morning at 6:00 am. The purpose of this class is to study and to discuss the scriptures. Each year we focus on one of the following blocks of scripture: 1) The Old Testament, 2) The New Testament, 3) The Book of Mormon, or 4) The Doctrine and Covenants/The Pearl of Great Price/Church History. It is a blessing to start each day associated with good youth; who, desire to know more about God and His teachings.