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Hi I'm Diane

I grew up in California & recently moved to Arizona. I'm married & a mother of 6 children & grandmother of 8. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Some of my youngest memories are of romping & roaming our property with my 3 brothers & 2 sisters. We spent all of our time together. I loved being with them & always felt very safe. Although we always had chores we were responsible for, (household & outdoor chores such as feeding the animals & helping in the garden), we spent most of our time playing outside. Sometimes we would be gone all day long playing games, building forts, building dams to catch pollywogs & wading in the little streams that ran through our property. We usually had a horse for riding, a rooster, (it drove my dad crazy because its time clock in its head was off by several hours & would crow at 1:00 in the morning, whereupon my dad would throw a shoe at it), a few rabbits, a dog, & a cat. I loved being outdoors & especially loved going on camping trips (when my dad had time off). We would go on long hikes, fish, tell stories around the campfire & roast marshmallows on sticks for s’mores. However, when Sundays rolled around my parents always made sure we were in church. I was married in the temple & was blessed with 6 wonderful children, which in turn have now blessed our lives with 8 awesome grandchildren. I have always loved being a mother & grandmother, however, raising teenage & adult children is not for wimps. I’m grateful Father in Heaven is only a prayer away to comfort & guide me. Life’s journey is certainly a high adventure experience!

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member of the church & my ancestors have been members for generations, however, each of us must gain our own testimonies regarding the truthfulness of the gospel. From my earliest recollections, the spirit has testified to me, through the burning in my chest, that what I was hearing was true. The truth also runs out my eyes quite easily! Although, I had been an active member of the church all my life (4 year seminary graduate) I did not read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover until I was 21 years old with 2 children. Our Relief Society had challenged each of us to read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover and I took the challenge. I was a busy mommy of 2 so the only uninterrupted time I found to read was in the middle of the night when I was up breast feeding my baby. When he woke up to be fed I would sit in the rocking chair with him on one arm and my Book of Mormon in the other. I would offer a prayer that although I was tired that I would remember what I was reading and to be able to feel the spirit. Then I would read until my little one was finished eating. Often I would continue reading even after he was finished, just letting him lay in my arms a while longer, which surprised me since I should be exhausted. Again, after I would lay him back in his crib, I would offer another prayer to help me gain my own testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Surprisingly, it only took me two months of nightly feeding to finish the book. As I knelt in prayer at the close of the final night I had the sweet experience of having the spirit fill my heart, as though it would burst, in the knowledge that what I had read was true. I often reflect on those sweet nights and I’m so grateful to have my own personal testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

I feel so blessed to be a daughter of God. I love being a mother, although it is not always an easy job. My mother has always been such a wonderful example to me of how children should be treated. As a mother, she was gentle and had the patience of Job. She was such an inspiration to me and the perfect example of Christ-like love. My favorite stories in the scriptures are when Christ is with the children. I have held many jobs in the church but my favorite callings have always been serving the youth and the little children. After my youngest child was in 4th grade I felt inspired to go back to school to receive a Master’s Degree. I have now been a Speech-Language Pathologist for 10 years, mostly serving little children in the schools. Going back to school later in life was a definite challenge, with my oldest attending Brigham Young University and my youngest just in 4th grade, however, I always felt that Heavenly Father was helping me all along the way. I set the goal to not allow my studies to interfere with raising my children, so I would, for the most part, only take classes during the day while they were at school and only study at night after they had gone to bed. I promised my Heavenly Father that if he would help me that I would never study on Sunday. This was a true testimony builder to me. I never studied on Sunday and graduated as one of the top 2 in my graduating class. I’m grateful for Heavenly Father’s patience with me, as one of His children, in this learning process here on earth. I’m grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ and that I can be forgiven when I repent. I know this to be true and have felt overwhelming love when I have repented. I love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and I’m so grateful for my testimony that they live and love me.