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Hi I'm Darlene

I'm a happy wife, the mother of 12 children and a part time college stuendent. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up traveling all over the world with my family, as my father served in the Air Force. In each location I had wonderful adventures. Now, my adventures revolve around being mom to my very large family. I have given birth to 12 children ranging in age from 24 down to 1. If you do the math, that is one baby about every other year. My husband and I are very busy with our children, but we wouldn't have it any other way. In my little bit of free time I have gone back to college to finish the degree I started before I was married. I am working on a degree in Fine Art (drawing and painting). My college age children and I have enjoyed comparing notes and 3 of us have taken classes taught by the same professor. The only way this has worked is that I have these older children home who can care for the little ones while I take a class or two. I also enjoy gardening, cooking and reading a good book. For fun and exercise I take a tap dancing class. It is amazing how much you can get done if you just do a little bit at a time and use that time wisely. 10 years ago we had a daughter diagnosed with celiac spru disease. Then my husband and another daughter were diagnosed. Today, 5 members of the family are on a gluten free diet. Over the years our paths have crossed with many people who are learning how to deal with this challenge and it has been wonderful to be able to be a resource for them just as someone was for me. The Lord helps us help each other.

Why I am a Mormon

My father is a life long member of the church and my mother converted shortly after they married. Growing up, all of my relatives except for one grandmother practiced different religions. I was curious and asked many question of them. I respect and appreciate the good that they have lived, but in each case I was able to compare their beliefs with what I have been taught and see that I have just a little more. The church as been invaluable in raising my children. So many parents struggle to keep their children on the straight and narrow. The stength and support that I gain from the church and it's members have made a huge difference. With all the good I can point to the real reason I follow the teaching of my youth and choose to be a Mormon is that often I have prayed about the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith and all the teaching of the church and time after time I receive the same answer "It is true!"

How I live my faith

Everything I do is influence by my faith. In the way I dress, the way I speak and way I live, I try to reflect the Savior and his goodness. The world is full of good and beautiful things and I want to be aquainted with and add to this goodness. For many years I have taught the young children at church. Now I am teaching the 12 and 13 years old girls on Sunday and helping with their activities during the week. I love it! I read my scriptures and pray through the day. I feel as though my Savior is a constant companion in my life. I often feel the spirit in church, spending time with my children, going on walks and attending classes. Anywhere and everywhere as long as I am keeping myself in tune. As a family we pray together in the morning before going our separate ways and read scriptures and pray together again before bedtime. Life is often difficult, but with my Savior by my side I have learned that all things are possible.