Hi I'm Diana
I love working with children. When my own four children were very small, I had a family day care in my home. The opportunity to stay home and raise my children until they were all in school has been a great blessing for our family. When my youngest child started first grade, I started working as a special education aide in an elementary school. I gradually began returning to school myself to work toward finishing my college education. Although the late night studying and often sleepless nights have been difficult, the importance of setting an example to my own children has helped me persevere. I have finally received my degree, but I still have more classes to take to earn my teaching credential. I love learning and knowing that I can make a difference in a child's life and also help their family! When I am not busy studying, I love to read, travel, sing, and go camping with my family. One of the blessings of working in education is having the summers off. I enjoy the free time I can spend with my children and also time for myself.
Why I am a Mormon
When I was thirteen years old I began to question some of the teachings of a church I had been going to. I wanted to know more about Jesus Christ and who he was. During this time of searching, I had a good friend who began to attend the Mormon church with her family. She invited me to go to activities with her and I was introduced to her friends who were also Mormon. When I started high school, I was invited to go to seminary, a class before school which focused on the New Testament that year. I felt different, really good! I wasn't sure what the feeling was, but it was the Holy Ghost testifying to me that what I was learning was true. My parents were concerned that I was only interested in going to a new church because of the boys! However, they soon saw the positive changes I was making in my life and agreed to allow me to get baptized during my sophomore year in high school.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
When I think about people who have blessed my life, I think of people who are unselfish. They are giving and caring and truly think of others before themselves. I want to be like that. The Savior lived his life this way and I desire to pattern my life after him. Boy, do I have a long way to go! I hope to use the gift of friendship to bless the lives of others. This is why we are here, to love!
How I live my faith
I have the opportunity to help with the youth in my stake here in California. i specifically work with the young women, ages 12 to 18. Our stake is comprised of 6 wards and we have about 100 girls. I love working and serving in this capacity! I currently teach at a high school in a special education resource classroom. I never get tired of helping teens and talking with them. They face so many challenges and I know that they often need to just know they are loved and understood. I am able to serve these wonderful young girls by helping coordinate activities like youth dances, youth conferences, and other activities that build friendships and help them to learn more about their faith and Jesus Christ.