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Hi I'm Darla Stevens

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of three, a step-mother of four and also have an unofficially adopted son. I moved from New Mexico to Arizona after my divorce to finish college and raise my three children. Right before graduating from Arizona State University I met, fell in love with and married my current husband. We have been married for 15 years and have raised 8 wonderful children. I have always been involved in sports with basketball being the sport that brought me the most joy. I played college ball and wanted to continue my involvement in the game in some way. This led to me becoming a basketball official. I have reached a very high level in my career, officiating in the WNBA as well as Division one women's basketball. Throughout my life the gospel has been a very important part of who I am. Each day I count the blessings the gospel has brought to my life and the perspective and happiness it brings.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It has always been a part of who I am. It was not until I left my hometown and family that I truly gained an understanding and fervent testimony of the gospel. I always had my family to rely on and pull strength from but on my own with three little children I had to rely on the Lord. It was at that time that unwarranted blessing were poured out on me and my boys. I reflect back and realize the purpose for those trials and know that my testimony has grown. To say I am grateful for the gospel in my life would be beyond an understatement. I know that the church is true. I have received a very powerful assurance that Joseph Smith restored the gospel to the earth and as an unlearned man was given the power to translate the Book of Mormon. I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today. And I KNOW that my savior lives and loves me unequivocally, he knows me by name and I want nothing more then to return and live with him and my family for all time and eternity.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day and in my profession through example. I have served in almost every capacity of the the church and have enjoyed each opportunity. It was very recent that I returned from girls camp where we had 44 young women who were given the opportunity to learn, grow, and serve while accomplishing exciting fun things. What a blessing it was to witness the beautiful strong spirits of these young women. The women in our ward have also taken on the theme " A Year of Service" this involves going to non-profit organizations and not only learning more about them but also serving them monetarily and with our time. I realize that when I serve others I in turn will be happier and live a more productive life.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Darla Stevens
I am a Mormon woman and have never felt unequal and any way. If anything the role of a woman is viewed as the most sacred calling given by our Heavenly Father. We have been given the opportunity to bare children and raise them. To me there is NOTHING in this world or the next that I would rather be than a mother! My life is filled with joy, peace, and happiness beyond measure because I am a Woman who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Show more Show less