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Hi I'm Darlene

I'm a Mormon. I've been married for 43 years and have 8 children with 25 grandchildren. I teach violin lessons in my home studio.

About Me

I am a wife of 43 years and mother of 8. I have 25 grandchildren. I teach violin and viola lessons in my home studio. I volunteer at Deseret Industries to help the associates find employment. I like to knit, cook and go on walks with my dog, grandchildren, and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active family of Latter Day Saints. My father was a bishop and a patriarch with my mother by his side to support him. We were taught the principles of the gospel not only at church, but by teaching and examples in our home. When I left for college, my testimony of the gospel strenthened as I grew older. I didn't have any miraculous conversion, but experiences happened to strengthen my testimony. One experience gave me confirmation----when my husband was ordained a bishop, he was given the blessing that all of our children's lives would be protected until they grew into adulthood. Since we have 8 children, it gave me great peace to know that they would be watched over. I love the guidance of the Holy Ghost in my life, as it helps comfort me, and it also confirms choices that I make. I love the guidelines that have been established in our church as it helps me make decisions that I know are the right choices for my happiness. I have a testimony that God knows me by name and wants the best for me. He loves me. I know that this church has been established to help us while we are here in mortality. I love to read the Book of Mormon and know of its truths. God wants me to succeed in my journey here on earth.

How I live my faith

I teach the 16-18 years old young women on Sunday in their youth meeting. They are amazing young women. I love to teach and am grateful for that calling. I also visit with 4 older ladies each month that live in housing for the elderly. Each one of these sisters has challenges, mostly with their health. I bring them a message from our church, as none of them can come to church because of their conditions. I take some of them to doctor"s appointments, some I bring groceries to, and I try to cheer them up with my visits. They are quite isolated and lonely, so it is important I visit with them. Most months I call or visit them several times. I also volunteer at our local Deseret Industries. This is more than just a thrift store----it trains and gives work to associates that haven't had luck finding work, either because of the economy or their lack of experience in the work force. I teach some of the classes in Budgeting and Morals and Values. I also help the associates find permanent work, as the Deseret Industries gives them experience and training, but is not a long-time job. I love volunteering there!