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Hi I'm Darlinda

I'm a single grandmother raising grandchildren. I'm a registered nurse and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a young wife and mother I loved learning and teaching. I learned then taught music to children; wrote and directed several musical plays for their grade school. I learned then taught preparedness skills in a homemakers school. I loved being a stay-at-home mom. But then my husband became disabled and so I returned to school at age 35, with 6 young children, and became a nurse. College was so much fun because I could spend everyday learning but also difficult as I left my little ones each morning. As I have filled many roles as a nurse I have continued to learn and to teach. I have been able to sustain my family financially. Most importantly my nursing skills allowed me the great privilege of caring for my husband as he journeyed through a terminal illness. Some of the many other things I have learned and taught are sewing, really great cooking, many types of needlework, genealogy research, testing hearing, conducting music. I'm still trying to learn Spanish and home decorating and numerous other little skills.

Why I am a Mormon

My life has been filled with miracles, some little ones that went unnoticed and some huge ones that couldn't be missed. I have learned that no matter what, Heavenly Father is there for me. I never need to worry how I will get through a problem or a trial because I know that somehow, some way, Heavenly Father will take care of me. its not blind faith, it is sure knowledge because He always has. I once was challenged as a member of a large audience to just close my eyes and ask "Heavenly Father, do you love me?" Within moments my heart swelled with the knowledge that He does and across my mind flashed the scenes of many of the miracles in my life that demonstrated His love. Some of the greatest of my miracles have been the births of my children and gazing upon their perfectly formed little faces and feeling the overwhelming mother love; such a miracle. The knowledge that I will have each of those precious ones with me forever as well as the good man who shared it with me, has filled my life with joy. On the day that I gained the knowledge that Jesus is real and that He made His great sacrifice for my sins, that He knows me personally, I knew that I could never walk away from the church that gave me all that knowledge. I knew that I would choose to spend my life being grateful to Him and praising Him. I am a sinner and He made it possible for me to be able to overcome the sin and sorrow of this life and be joyful with Him.

How I live my faith

Sunday is my favorite day. I love going to church and sharing the Spirit with my family and with my brothers and sisters in the gospel. I love the music of the gospel and enjoy leading the singing. I really look forward to every opportunity I have to work and serve with all of them. In my profession I work with the most handicapped in our society; those that have been seriously damaged from birth or from accidents and are seriously mentally handicapped. Because of my knowledge of our eternal nature I know that these precious ones do not have handicapped spirits, but their spirits are whole and are valued equally to Our Father in Heaven. My knowledge allows me to give them loving and compassionate care. I am able to look past their sometimes deformed faces and bodies, and see the child our Father so loves. I can speak to them and touch them with gentleness and the love that they so crave and deserve. I try so hard to always smile and be cheerful, wherever I go (I admit, sometimes I fail). I make an effort to greet everyone with a smile and try to show genuine interest in them. I show people I care about them by trying to remember their names and some personal details. I don't hold grudges but forgive easily and try to refrain from making judgements, aloud or in my mind, about people that would cast them in a bad light. Its always best to give people the benefit of the doubt. Charity begins in our hearts and in our attitudes towards those we meet each day.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Darlinda
Because we have a totally lay ministry, which means that we don't have someone paid to be our preacher or pastor, our meetings are conducted by the members of the ward, or local congregation. The bishop is our ward leader and he has 2 counselors and a secretary and a clerk, and a committee of men and women, who plan and direct the affairs of the ward. All of these people are volunteers and have other jobs where they earn their living. Each week, on Sunday, our members and families, including small children, all meet together in the chapel for sacrament meeting. We have singing of hymns and sometimes special musical performances. We partake of the sacrament, which is kind of like communion and is the focal point of our sacrament service. 2 or 3 members of the ward or invited guests, prepare talks as assigned by our bishop and over the course of a couple of years most of the members of the ward will have at least one opportunity to be one of the speakers. We teach and learn from each other. We welcome visitors to attend our meetings. After sacrament meeting we divide up for Sunday School and classes are held for each age group. There is a nursery for little ones 1 1/2 - 3 years old. After Sunday School, we divide differently by areas of interest, such as the women attend Relief Society, the men attend Priesthood Meeting and the teenagers are divided into Young Women and Aaronic Priesthood. The children under 12 attend Primary, which is divided by age. Show more Show less