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Hi I'm Darlene

I substitute teach while studying for my masters degree. I volunteer at a children's hospital. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Being outdoors especially where there is water, thrills me. I love to hike, bike, play tennis and garden. By profession, I am a teacher. I achieved my teaching credentials after my children were in school, substituted in various school districts, and decided a few years ago to get a masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology. My passion in this field drove me to start volunteering at our local children's hospital, but my heart is with my home and family of eight children and ten grandchildren. I married young and had five children when my first husband passed away from cancer. Going back to school, working and raising a family on my own was daunting, but I felt the Savior's love and guidance every step of the way. Upon remarrying, I gained a wonderful mate and three additional children. Our blended family has served to increase my heartfelt understanding that our Heavenly Father is always aware of who we are, what challenges we are facing, and that His arms of love are always extended towards us.

Why I am a Mormon

Living as a Mormon and abiding by Gospel principles allows me to be who I truly am. In high school, I had a few friends that were Mormon. For a while, I did not know what that meant and I was embarrassed to ask since everyone else I knew seemed to be familiar with Mormons. But my Mormon friends stood out to me. They were happy. They seemed to know who they were. They seemed to have a purpose. My family was on the verge of breaking apart. I was living with my mother and younger sister while my Dad lived across town. This was an emotionally chaotic time for me, but one of my Mormon friends took a special interest in me. He invited me to an early morning scripture study class and to church. The moment I walked in the door that first Sunday, I felt like I had come home. Everyone was sincerely happy to be at church!! After studying and coming to understand the basic principles of the Gospel, I was baptized about a year later. That day, it seemed the doors of freedom swung wide open for me because I knew I was a child of God. Living by the principles of the Gospel has allowed me to be myself and develop into a better person. When I met the man that became my husband, we realized traveling the path with someone would be even better. We soon married and had five children together. Helping our children establish values to live their lives by and answering their questions about life, and eventually, about death, provided assurances about why we are here, who we are and where we are going. Being married in the temple sealed those assurances with the promise that our family bond went beyond death. We could be together forever.

How I live my faith

As a teenager, I was searching for a way to live my life that had purpose. I started attending churches and attended numerous Christian denominations. My first Sunday attending the Mormon Church was a totally different experience. Everyone seemed happy and had something to do to contribute: some were teaching classes, some were acting as the head of a class, some were helping in library, playing the organ or piano, and young men my age were passing the bread and water in a very quiet moment of the meeting. Every contribution of time and effort made the meeting meaningful. Since joining the Church, I have had many opportunities to contribute through learning how to teach children, youth and adults. I have been able to sing in various choirs and participate in plays. I have had the opportunity to organize fun and spiritual activities for our congregation. As a woman in the Church, I have the special assignment to "watch over" four sisters in our congregation. Every month, I visit each one in their home and share a spiritual message of the Savior's love. We also chat, laugh, and sometimes cry together as we have become special friends. Caring for others is what the Savior did while on this earth and He tells us to follow in His footsteps. I feel close to Him when I do for I am on His errand.