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Hi I'm Darcey

I am a wife, mother, and an amateur genealogist--and I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in South Dakota and Iowa, but have since lived in Pennsylvania, Utah, Louisiana, and Idaho. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology, but I have been a stay-at-home mom for many years. Most of my energies are directed towards my family--they mean the world to me. I spend a lot of time in a support role to my husband and three children, which is something I love to do. I feel that education unlocks opportunities in life so that has been a priority with me and my family. I supported my husband when he wanted to get a master's degree and then a PhD. I have also encouraged my children in their educational pursuits. Another thing that is important to me is providing chances for my children to explore and develop their talents and to give them encouragement in these activities. My extended family is also important to me as well as my ancestors. I love doing genealogy and feel a connection to those who came before me. As I learn about them and their lives, I gain a valuable perspective to my own life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in the Church with all my heart. I grew up in a Latter-day Saint home, but the decision to be baptized when I was 8 years old was my own as well as the decision to continue being a Latter-day Saint. I cannot remember a time when I didn't believe in the Church. Many, many times I have had unmistakable feelings of peace and assurance that this Gospel is true. I want to live true to these impressions in order to be true to myself and to God--because I know these feelings have been real. I also have an overwhelming sense of gratitude to my Father in Heaven and this is the basis for my devotion to the Church. I am so incredibly grateful for the answers the Gospel gives me--I cannot imagine my life without understanding what this life is all about. I cannot imagine not knowing how to repent and get rid of the pain I feel when I do something wrong--I am so grateful to be able to partake of the sacrament each week. I'm also thankful for the scriptures which hold endless amounts of answers and reassurance for me. My church leaders with their inspired counsel also bless my life in incalculable ways. I'm thankful for the Holy Ghost who subtly yet powerfully and personally helps me make decisions as I ask, through prayer, for direction in my life. Most of all, I am grateful for what my Savior has done for me--that He took upon Him my sins so that I do not have to suffer, if I will repent. This knowledge and the ability to repent and feel clean again causes me to have immense gratitude to my Father in Heaven for giving us His Son and the ordinance of baptism which allows this cleansing to be realized.

How I live my faith

The restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, means everything to me--it is the foundation for my decisions and for who I am trying to be. I try to daily do the things that show my Father in Heaven that I remember Him. I try to find time to read in the scriptures daily and to pray to my Father in Heaven. I also try to be to service to others because I believe that is how He answers some prayers--He needs us to be His hands. I also go to church each Sunday and help out there as needed. I believe faith has to be active--we have to show that we have faith by doing the things He has asked us to do. I believe that our choices and how we spend our time show our real priorities. Also, when I do good things and try to maintain a connection to God, I put myself in a position to be blessed and to receive the help I need from my Father in Heaven to meet the challenges of my life. Through my behavior I can show Jesus Christ that I remember Him. When I love others, I show my love for Him because He asked us to love others. And as I try to love others, I am blessed because that reminds me of His great love for them and for me--that helps me to get a better perspective on others and myself. I believe I will be held accountable for how I treat others and I try to be kind, encouraging and helpful in my interactions with others. Christ's teachings are the rock that I need for my behavior and whenever I have heeded them, my life has been greatly blessed. He is the way. I am so immensely grateful for all that my Father in Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ have done for me that I want to try to show my love for and remembrance of them in all that I do.