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Hi I'm Darby Cuvelier

I'm a Mormon. I love My Heavenly Father, and His son Jesus Christ. I also love my wife, kids, parents and brothers completely!

About Me

I have three younger brothers whom I love very much. My parents have been a source of strength and inspiration to me my whole life. I have been married to my best friend for over 15 years. I have 4 wonderful children, 3 of which are still with us. My 2nd child, Ellie, passed away from congenital heart disease some time ago. Because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I know I will see her again! I served an LDS mission in the Portland, Oregon area of the US. i loved the two years I spent there, and with my family, hope to return there to live in the future.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS faith, but I have also gained the knowledge of the truthfulness of the Gospel on a very personal level. While I was attending high school I attended LDS seminary. I was like any other teenager; very cavalier in my opinions of the world and my dedication to religion. I had always felt that the LDS church was God's true church, but most of those feelings had been built by watching and listening to other members. I was given a challenge while I was 17 to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year. I had started reading the book multiple times, but was never able to sustain the drive to complete it. That year was different. By the end of the year I had completed the whole book of scripture, and felt strongly that is was true. Even though I had those feelings, I had still not received my own personal witness that it was the word of God. At the end of the Book of Mormon, there is a challenge by it's last prophet that invites you to pray and ask God for yourself to know if it is true. I never thought of myself as a spiritual person, but I needed to know, without a doubt, if it was true. If it was, it would shape the rest of my life. I did pray, and I did receive an answer that the book was true through the promptings of the Holy Spirit. I felt calm in a troubled world. I felt a tingly feeling, which I have continued to feel to this day whenever I need help from the Lord. I knew that what I had just read was vitally important to me and the rest of the world. That is why I served a two year mission. That is why I married my wife, who also served a mission, in and LDS temple. That is why I overcame the death of my daughter. That is why my wife and I adopted our second daughter. That is why I have been able to help my two son's with autism. That is why I was able to have the strength to help my wife win her bout with breast cancer. And, that is why I know there is life after death, and that I will be spending it with my family.

How I live my faith

My family and I have daily scripture study, even though it is difficult at times. Not difficult to understand, but hard to keep the attention of our 3 kids. I pray as often as I can, because I feel the strength of the Lord that I need, but also to give thanks on a daily basis for all that I have been blessed with. I attend church weekly, where I enjoy the fellowship of fellow believers, who have become my dear friends. At church, I am able to partake of the Sacrament, which allows me to be sanctified through the sacrifice of Christ. The Gospel of Christ has helped me stay centered, which has helped my wife and I to be happily married for over a decade and a half. I left home at the age of 19 for two years to teach that very same gospel to the loving people of Oregon and Washington. Those two years shaped my life and changed me in a very positive way. My wife also served a full time mission, which has helped us to understand and respect each other in an even more real way than I thought I could. My knowledge of Christ's teachings helped me to support my wife as she won her 18 month battle with breast cancer. The prophets have told us that we are on this earth to be happy, and the way that I have to do that is by living the principles taught by Jesus and his prophets.