Darla Isackson learned about adversity at an early age. She received life-threatening third degree burns as a child and has had health challenges all her life as a result. But she grew up as an optimist, certain she could create the ideal by faith and correct choices. She served a full-time mission to Southern California, graduated as a valedictorian from Utah State University, married a returned missionary in the temple, gave birth to five healthy sons, and has been a professional writer, editor, and speaker for decades.
However, the happenings of the past 25 years are the reason for the title of one of her recent books: Trust God No Matter What. Life didn’t turn out as she planned. Divorce, remarriage, a blended family that didn’t blend well, car accidents, 7 preemie grandchildren, and ongoing health challenges were only prelude to her biggest heartbreak: losing her second son first to depression, alcohol, and drugs, then, to suicide.
She is aware of the epidemic proportion of latter-day trials and wouldn’t trade hers for anyone else’s. She knows that it isn’t what happens to us that counts, but how we choose to respond. Her response has been to turn to the Lord and learn how He works to fulfill the promise stated many times in the scriptures, including D&C 98:3: “all things wherewith you have been afflicted shall work together for your good.” And she has seen much good come from it all.
In 2001 she became a regular columnist for Meridian Magazine online, and has posted close to 300 well-received articles. In 2009 she released a book titled, Trust God No Matter What! and in 2010, the brave book called After My Son’s Suicide: An LDS Mother Finds Comfort in Christ and Strength to Go On. Both are unusual and heart-healing.You can learn more about them on this web site.
She currently lives in West Jordan, Utah with her steady and supportive husband Doug. She is thrilled to live close to most of her 15 grandchildren, with whom she is intimately involved. She believes the joy of loving and being loved by grandchildren is one of life’s most superb experiences.