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Hi I'm Diane.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born the oldest of seven children. I developed strong relationships with each sibling as well as with my father and mother as we worked on the family farm in Oregon. I had a wonderful childhood because I knew my parents loved me and that I was a child of God. Playing sports, participating in student body leadership positions, attending seminary, and developing musical talents kept me busy throughout my High School years. Embarking on the road to earning my bachelors degree at Brigham Young University in the field of Elementary Education was a life changing experience. It was in Provo, Utah where I met my husband, Jeff. We have been married 14 years! Marriage & family make me so happy. We have 5 children and have lived in Iowa and Utah. Texas is now home for us. We've visited Mexico and France as well as many states in the U.S. and look forward to future travels. I love spending time with my neighbors and friends, attending playgroups with other mothers & their children, volunteering as homeroom mom, and participating in the PTO of my children's schools. I spend my mornings exercising and reading the Bible and The Book of Mormon, before the children wake. Motherhood keeps me busy but I honestly enjoy it. When I find some quiet time, I love to read, cross-stitch, bake and cook, or stay in touch with friends and family via Facebook, Skyp, and email. I feel very blessed and truly happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I have had too many experiences in my life to excuse the love I have felt from God and Jesus Christ sent through the Holy Ghost. A pivotal moment occurred as a 16 year old, when I participated in a musical fireside at easter time. The youth, ages 12-18, performed numerous choir numbers focused on the Savior. And then a video depicting the Savior's atonement, crucifixion, death, and resurrection was shown. I felt the Spirit so strongly. I knew that Jesus Christ came to earth as a baby. Joseph would act as his earthly father. Christ would live a perfect life, showing us the way to return to God's presence. He would atone for every human being's sins, weaknesses, and pains. And then he would be nailed to a cross and die for us. He rose the third day and He lives. Christ is central to my family and my life. The words found in the holy scriptures and voiced by living prophets today testify of His divinity. My testimony of Him and of His gospel has only increased as I have put His words into daily action. I know that family relations last for eternity. Death is merely a minor parting. Baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost are the gateway to God. Entering His holy temple to receive further knowledge and participate in sacred ordinances and make covenants allows family bonds to become eternal. God wants us to be happy. He knows all things. He, too, lives and loves us. He wants us to return to live with Him. He sent His Son to make that possible. He allowed the fulness of the gospel to be restored to the earth again through the prophet, Joseph Smith. All priesthood keys have been restored to the earth. And God speaks to man again. We can receive personal direction through prayer as well as spiritual direction from a living prophet today, Thomas S. Monson. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains all gospel truth. The true church is on the earth. And I feel blessed to be a member. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My daily choices are based on my faith in Jesus Christ and membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am frequently given opportunities to serve. These opportunities are referred to as callings because we believe the Lord asks us to serve. Through our ecclesiastical leader, the Bishop, we receive these opportunities. I have been blessed to serve at different periods of my life since I was 12 years old. From leading my class of a handful of girls to overseeing the spiritual and temporal welfare of a group of adult women or teaching Sunday School lessons, I have felt the Holy Ghost direct me as well as qualify me for each capacity. I accept each calling I receive because I know that my Heavenly Father will give me the strength to accomplish the tasks before me. I am currently serving as the Ward Choir Director & Webelos Den Leader. I arrange choir numbers for our Sacrament meetings and conduct our choir each month. Weekly I hold den meetings with the 10 year old cub scout boys. I feel that my most sacred calling is the rearing of my children. Motherhood is a divine calling and I consider it a great blessing to have stewardship over a few of God's precious ones; to mold, teach, and show my children the pathway to Christ and how to be responsible, healthy, spiritually minded and independent adults - to name a few of the qualities I pray they will develop.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Diane.
Sunday services are usually a 3 hour block of time. The main purpose of one of the hours, known as the Sacrament meeting, is to take the bread and water. The bread represents the body of Christ while the water represents the blood of Christ. Visitors are always welcome. Following the sacrament portion, there is time for members of the congregation to share their testimonies and/or speak on assigned topics. My testimony is the knowledge I have gained through my experiences of what I know to be true. The other two hours of our Sunday services offer various classes. For children ages 3-12 there is Primary. The children meet with peers their same age in classrooms to learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ through the scriptures and music. Youth ages 12-17 meet for Sunday School lessons. Adults 18 + do the same. The 3rd hour for youth is separated. Young men meet with leaders to discuss priesthood responsibilities and the gospel while young women meet with their leaders to learn the gospel as well. Adult men attend their respective priesthood quorums. For adult women, there is a class called Relief Society. Here they learn and discuss gospel principles too. Show more Show less