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Hi I'm Darby

Loving life, making it through. Daughter, sister, dancer, survivor, down-south Mormon.

About Me

I am currently in college, studying everything. I'm having a hard time choosing a major, because I'm interested in so many things, but my main career aspiration, since I've been a little girl, is to be a mom. My family is so important to me, and we love Disney vacations. I'm a dancer (ballet, tap, modern, you name it). I am recovering from a restrictive eating disorder and struggle with depression and anxiety, but I am learning how to work through all of these things to come out stronger and happier! No matter my or your situation, there is always hope.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a nice church, but as I grew up, I began to have questions that my church couldn't answer. There were pieces of this faith that I didn't understand and pieces that didn't fit together. I gave up on religion altogether and became atheist. I held on to this disbelief for a couple of years, until I finally said "This sucks. This isn't working." Something needed to change. I needed something beyond myself to live for. I decided I'd give religion another try, but I knew I needed to go somewhere I hadn't been before, that could answer my previous questions. I just started researching. Unitarian, Buddhist, Presbyterian, Zoroastrian, Baha'i, Mormon, Wicca, Islam. Everything I could find, I read about. Returning to campus after summer break, the Mormon missionaries contacted me and asked if we could chat. I said sure. We met, but I didn't believe in God. I went to Institute classes, but I didn't believe in God. Finally, after a few weeks, my missionary shared a scripture with me: "if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words" (Alma 32:27). She said, "Do you desire to believe?" I cried and said yes. I wanted to believe the things I'd learned so badly, about love and redemption. She said to let the desire work, to pray and have faith. I listened. Today, sure as anything, I know God lives and loves us. I know my Heavenly Father prepared a plan for you and me to come to earth and learn. I know He provided a Savior to bring us back to Him, and to help us through hard times. He has given prophets to teach us about Him. The hope, joy, peace, and comfort I have found in this gospel are irreplaceable. I know that this gospel and this Church change lives. I've seen it. I am a witness to the fact that God still works in our world today.

How I live my faith

I absolutely love attending church on Sundays to be spiritually fed. Whether in my hometown or another city, I can feel comfortable at church because this is the same gospel everywhere you go. Since I'm in college, I attend Institute classes during the week to learn more about the scriptures. I live my faith every day by studying the scriptures, praying, and talking about my faith to others.