Utah, Mormon parents of 18 children share story of love, family and adoption

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  • ImABeliever Provo, UT
    June 23, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    18 Children? Not sure what to really say but that is a lot of peanut butter and
    jelly sandwiches.

  • Raeann Peck Salt Lake City, UT
    June 19, 2014 10:03 p.m.

    I've cherished time in years past with Doug and Deanne, and bump into them in glorious places from time to time. I've always been in awe of them. Doug and Deanne are sincerely, genuinely a couple filled with love for God, for each other, for their children, and anyone else who comes near their light. But, Deanne.....really, how do you take them to Costco? That's the craziest place to maneuver a basket when I'm alone. Now I'm really in awe!

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    June 19, 2014 8:01 p.m.

    This is a wonderful story. My commendations go to all who work hard to be responsible loving parents, and to this amazing couple and their family I extend even greater commendations.

  • Judith D. Los Angeles, CA
    June 19, 2014 6:51 p.m.

    With all of my heart, I commend this family and wish them the very best. I was especially moved by this family's willingness to adopt children with physical and intellectual challenges. These special children need and deserve love and attention, but they often do not get what they need. These parents have really made a positive difference with their lives.

  • Kjirstin Youngberg Mapleton, UT
    June 19, 2014 1:32 p.m.

    You can't judge harshly when things work. Though I'm sure from time to time a few of these children (like when they must start college) will wish they didn't have to share quite so much, but think of the adults they will each become in life. Management positions? Heck, yes!

    When you listen to the spirit in all things, you make positive choices. I'm grateful they are willing to share themselves with us. Sure beats "reality" TV shows, all about selfishness, doesn't it?

  • Mormonmama0106 Phoenix, AZ
    June 19, 2014 1:28 p.m.

    I love reading about families like this! My husband and I want to adopt and add to our family of 6, but worry that we won't qualify because of our income. It's good to know that you don't have to be wealthy to qualify.

    I'm looking forward to reading their blog!

  • abrielsdad Orem, UT
    June 19, 2014 1:14 p.m.

    Until this moment of reading this excellent article, I had never met the Walker's or even been aware of them. However, I just want to comment that I LOVE you both, and your amazing family. Best of everything to you all.

  • Elsleuith Eagle Mountain, UT
    June 19, 2014 10:39 a.m.

    Wonderful family. I'm jealous because we only have 7. Life must be totally different for this dynamic family.

  • Xbalanque DC, VA
    June 19, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    Love this!

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    June 19, 2014 9:25 a.m.

    When we began adopting while we lived in the midwest our social worker wanted to know if we could really accept and bond with non birth children. When we explained our belief in eternal families and how they would be sealed to us forever she stopped worrying and found us two wonderful children. Now we have 10 greatgrand kids and are so grateful for adoption and the gospel of eternal families.

  • caf Bountiful, UT
    June 19, 2014 7:44 a.m.

    Amazing people! Beautiful family!