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Hi I'm Darby

I'm a big sister, a friend, and soon to be a full-time missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I homeschooled most of high school, but managed to get the best of both worlds, because I still attended some classes of my choice at the nearest public school, all the while participating in some big homeschooling events. I am a big sister to three sisters (ages 16, 11, 3) and two brothers (ages10, 9). I love my siblings so much! My little three year old sister is such a joy and a sunshine! My parents divorced when I was 5 yrs old, and my mom remarried, so I actually have three parents who are so loving and have always been there when to make sure I have opportunities for learning and growth. I am very lucky. I also have some amazing friends who are such a support, among which are some of the most amazing and Christ-like people I know. I truly love falling in love with all these splendid people! I leave in January of 2014 to serve the Lord as a full-time missionary by preaching the Gospel (or good news about Jesus Christ) to the people of Santa Rosa, CA. I am so excited, although it's a little nerve-racking. I'm trusting in Heavenly Father, and I'm so excited! California here I come!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because my Heavenly Father loves me, and has blessed me. I know that Jesus Christ lives. I do not understand everything fully: no one will know everything in this life. But this I know: That Jesus Christ lives and loves me. He'd do anything to help me. He already has done that. He suffered and died for me. Whatever He asks me to do, I will do, because I trust Him. That's why I am a member of His Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be the best I can be everyday, and picking myself up when I fall, and always keeping my hope in my Savior Jesus Christ. I try hard to be a good sister, friend, daughter, even though sometimes it's a little difficult and I get discouraged. I currently a leader in the LDS Young Women program, and I enjoy it because the girls are such wonderful friends, and very strong examples of faith. I also try to be a good friend, although I am not perfect. I try to treat people with tolerance, and love, and understanding, always trying to look for how I can help them have a better day, even if they don't treat me that way. I also try to do a special journal entry every day about how I've seen the Tender Mercies of the Lord in my life that day. You could call it a gratitude journal, but it's more than that. It's a connection between my Heavenly Father and I that I get to receive everyday. And you know what, every day that I take the time and effort to pray for, watch for, and remember the moments that Heavenly Father has blessed me with that day, I feel His love and see that He really is actively taking a part in guiding me home. Life is full of good and bad, but when you start to notice the good, life starts to be sooooooo worth it! What a beautiful gift!

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Darby
No. No one is really required to serve. It is a priesthood duty and commandment for priesthood holders to serve, but they do not have to. No one is forced by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to serve a mission. In fact, I have cousins who have not served missions, but now faithfully attend the temple and hold the priesthood. They both would tell you that they wish they would have served, but they are righteous still. They try to help their younger brother, who is serving a mission in Korea. Young Women are not taught that they need to serve a mission. When a young woman goes on a mission, it is because she wants to! Trust me! I know! I've just recently finished the mission application process, and it is not an easy process. Young women are not pressured to go by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but their service is welcomed and highly valued. College education and marriage are both honorable choices that young women can make. Serving a mission is highly honorable. The money to get someone on a mission comes from the missionary, the missionary's family, extended family, friends, or the ward members. When you see a missionary out on the street or teaching someone, that is a manifestation of at least 50 people's contributions, whether is be monetary, emotional, or spiritual support. I know that I have at least that many people encouraging me and wanting to help me. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Darby
Our purpose is very simple, yet very profound as we begin to understand the true purpose each of the following: Gain a physical body. Have the opportunity to make choices between good and evil (this ability to choose is called agency) Have family relationships that can be sealed for eternity in the temples of God. (Yes we can be with our families forever this way. How beautiful! To forever learn to get along better and love each other!) Learn and go through experiences that help our understanding, and bring us closer to and help us trust our Heavenly Father. All of the above things are to help us return to God, and help us become more like Him. We all made the choice to come to earth. God has a specific plan for each of us individually, and for us as a family, for we are all spirit children of Heavenly Parents who love us. The plan God has for us is often called the Plan of Salvation, or the Great Plan of Happiness. To me, the purpose of this life is simply put. "Adam fell, that men might be, and men are that they might have joy." 2 Nephi 2:25 Jesus Christ made it all possible. Through Him, it is possible for me. Through Him, it is possible for you. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Darby
It's just smart. Duh ;) In all seriousness... It's better to be safe than sorry. And it's not all about doomsday. What happens if you have no back up plan, and you lose your job. Oops is right. But.... if you have food storage, you can still feed your family with zero worry while you find a new job. That's a personal story. Food storage has already blessed my life. Show more Show less

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

Darby
Oh definitely. God loves His daughters. He expects His sons to honor and love them. He will hold them accountable for the good and the bad they do and say and think about His daughters. Same goes for the way His daughters treat His sons. Show more Show less