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Hi I'm Darlene

I'm from northern California, I'm a belly dance instructor, a mother of 5 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married to a wonderful husband and have 5 children and one step-daughter. I homeschool my two youngest through an online public school called Utah Virtual Academy. It works for my family. My children mean the world to me and I would do anything for them. I did need an outlet for myself, though. I started belly dancing about 8 years ago and have performed many times and now teach. I love it because I have freedom of expression through it. I feel like I am celebrating the gift of my body that my Father in Heaven gave me. I try to emphasize to my students to love their body no matter the size, shape or age. It is important to be modest as well, but you can always make that work. It's your attitude that matters. I am trying to break down many of the negative stereotypes that people have of Mormons, especially those that live in Utah, as I do now. Mormons also love to dance, and all art forms. We are open and love all of our brothers and sisters here on this earth, no matter their beliefs!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was 3. I grew up in the church, but remember always being encouraged to believe on my own accord. I prayed and read scriptures since I was young. My parents always had good books and music in the home. My dad loved to have religious discussions and was real philosophical and logical at the same time. I learned to ponder from that. So, I was able to gain my own testimony, have my own spiritual experiences and my own personal relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I go to church every week and try to fulfill my callings to the best of my ability. Family Home Evening is very important to me. I need to teach my children my beliefs so they can feel the spirit and gain their own testimonies. I am sending a daughter on a mission very soon, and a son will soon follow. Daily scripture study is VERY important as well as constant prayer.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Having a Word of Wisdom does not mean that members are perfect in their health habits. If you are interested in the church and smoke, drink alcohol, coffee or non-herbal teas please know that you are more than welcome! We are all striving to treat our bodies as gifts from our Father in Heaven. It's a life long pursuit. Eating healthy is more that what not to eat, it also includes making sure that we eat good foods. It is our goal to not be addicted to anything (including caffeine and sugar!) and to have clarity of thought and strength in our bodies. Show more Show less