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Hi I'm Darlene

I'm a happy Mormon. Happy because I know the gospel is true and I try to live its teachings.

About Me

At age 83, I have a lot to remember and my 58 years within the Church of Jesus Christ have been joyous. Genealogy has been a major interest for many years and has allowed me to meet, not always in person, many wonderful relatives. I still do genealogy work, and am working on seven family history books which I hope to live long enough to finish. Reading and writing have been, not only important in my life, but great privileges. How blessed I feel to be able to read and write, to speak, to be able to walk and talk. I am grateful for the many blessings in my life. I attended college late in life, from age 36 to 40. What a great experience that was. My BA in Social Work, was one factor that allowed me to work at BYU for eleven years, which I loved. With my former husband, I served two missions. One of which was in Guatemala, where, with the help of a wonderful Catholic doctor, we established a dental school. We taught young people to be dental assistants. Fortunately, I had taken two semesters of Spanish the year before we left for Guatemala. I didn't speak like a native, but people were kind and we communicated. What a gorgeous country that is, and it was a great experience. The other mission was served in the Swiss temple and that was another marvelous time in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because a desire for truth directed my path. When I was a child, my parents sent me to church with neighbors. Although Mom and Dad read the Bible, they didn't attend church. I was three years old when I attended the Assembly of God church and that was a memorable experience. I still remember some of the songs we sang, like "I'm on the Homeward Trail" and "My Cup is Full and Running Over". My basic belief in God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost was planted in that Sunday School experience. Later, I attended the Lutheran Church, the Baptist Church and accompanied my Catholic friends to retreats. At one time I said to my father, "Why doesn't God just tell you which church is right? They can't all be true." I felt that some of the teachings were at variance with the Bible. I would later find the truth. My mother and I decided to study with Jehovah's Witnesses in our search, and I learned much about the Bible during that time, but all my questions were not answered. Finally, one afternoon, the Mormon Missionaries came to my home (for the third time, incidentally). This time I was ready to hear the gospel message. When I heard the first discussion it felt right. While reading the Book of Mormon I did what Moroni recommended. I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true. The Holy Ghost witnessed to me in an unforgettable way that the Book was true and since that time, He has born witness to me that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the Way and the Truth. In my opinion, a miracle occurred at this time. I had been living on coffee and cigarettes for a few years, but the craving for those things was taken away and I was able to give them up within three days. My mother was so happy that I had quit smoking, it persuaded her to investigate the Church as she had feared that smoking would affect my health. Both my parents joined the Church and were active until their deaths.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to become more charitable, by being honest, and by generally following, as best I can, the Savior. It's been my privilege to teach children from the smallest to age 18. In the Women's organization I have served in leadership positions and have taught our Sunday lessons. I help furnish meals to those who are ill or who are otherwise in need. One of my favorite things is working in our canneries. The food goes to community food banks, national and international humanitarian aid and our own Welfare Services. For an eye opening experience when you visit Salt Lake City, take a tour of Welfare Square and Humanitarian Square. The Church is one of the first on the scene when tragedy hits. It is satisfying to know that the Church gives so much to others without any fanfare. If I become "out of sorts" I pray for a change, following David's advice found in Psalms 51:10, which says, "...create in me a clean heart, O God, renew a right spirit within me." It's amazing how it works to get me back on track. I love the Bible and the Book of Mormon, which both teach me more about our Savior and my life is very happy. I say that the reason my marriages were so good is that we tried to have a Christ centered home. It's a joy to live with sweet, good natured, Christ loving husbands.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

In 1958 I finally found the church whose teachings sync with the Bible. As I read the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ, I felt joy. When I prayed about the truthfulness of this book of scripture, the Holy Ghost testified to me that it was true, and filled my whole being as I went through a refining fire, for three days. During that time I was able to give up coffee and cigarettes. Although I hadn't been much of a drinker, that desire was taken away from me, too. Because of that experience I could never deny what I know. The Book of Mormon and the Bible are God's word, written by prophets. My baptism was wonderfully spiritual and my life has been joyful. There have been sad times in my life, having a daughter and three husbands die, He has given me that peace that passeth understanding. I know that my Redeemer lives and that He loves me. Show more Show less