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Hi I'm Diana

I'm a special education teacher and mom of 4 kids. I love family! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

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 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.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Diana
Our bodies are gits from our Heavenly Father. Our bodies are sacred and are what we will present before God after this life. In the New Testament of the Bible, we learn that our bodies are temples of God. This means that our bodies are pure, clean, and sacred, and we need to keep them this way by not abusing our bodies with harmful substances. We also need to stay morally clean and dress modestly. This is how we show appreciation to God for the gift of our bodies, and that we understand the sacred nature of the gift. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Diana
Mormons believe it is the word of God. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Diana
The Church views homosexuality as a sin. Marriage is ordained of God, to be between a man and a woman. Because marriage is a sacred institution ordained by God, we feel it is important to uphold this institution. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Diana
Both the husband and wife have the same role of loving, caring for, and nurturing each other and children in the family. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurturing of children, while fathers are primarily responsible for taking care of the physical needs of children and presiding over the home with love and compassion. Both husband and wife are equal partners in caring for children. Certain circumstances such as death or disability of a spouse would cause the roles of husband and wife to need changing or adapting to the situation of the family. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Diana
Mormons is really just a nickname. We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We believe in God, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. We believe that families are central to God's plan. We believe in serving others because Jesus Christ served while he lived on this earth, and we are now his hands. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Diana
Some people view the Mormon church as a cult because they don't know a lot about the church. There are also a lot of myths and misunderstandings. Some of the misunderstandings include polygamy, untruths about our temple worship, and that we don't believe in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Diana
The Mormon church helps anytime there is a need, anywhere in the world. A lot of people don't know that the Mormon church was one of the first organizations on scene after Hurricane Katrina. The church was able to get water and food into the area immediately following the devastation. The church also has donated supplies and manpower to Indonesia after the earthquake, Haiti, Honduras, and countless other countries during times of need and disaster. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Diana
Well I am a Mormon woman, and I can tell you that we are not shrinking, invisible, members of the Mormon church! We are strong, involved, educated women who use our knowledge to educate our families and desire to give to our communities. Mormon women realize that the family needs to be protected, especially in today's increasingly immoral society. Men and women are equal partners in marriage and in raising families. They work together in making decisions.The father is the primarily the provider, protector, and presides over the family. The mother is the primary nurturer. These roles, we believe, are natural and given to us by God. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Diana
This is a great question for me! I have a son currently on a mission. I can honestly say that my husband and I personally pay for our sons mission, every month! Many young men save their money and help pay for their missions before they go. Our son helped pay for part of his mission. There is also a Missionary Fund that members may donate to if they desire. Many members have strong, devoted feelings toward the missionary program and desire to help a missionary by donating financially to the fund. I can say that my son has learned on his mission to save, budget, and only buy necessities on his mission. He said he learned this very early on inside the Missionary Training Center. All young men learn to budget financially while on their mission. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Diana
Self-reliance is important because Mormons believe it is important to be accountable for our own families and to have self worth. When we are self-reliant we feel better spiritually and emotionally and we are prepared for the trials that inevitably come with our mortal lives. Emergency preparedness is important because we never know when tragedy or natural disasters will happen and we need to make sure we can provide for our families. Even if the emergency is the loss of a job, or disability in the family we need to be prepared for these circumstances. We feel peace and at ease when we are prepared for these events. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Diana
The Book of Mormon is very similar to the Bible. We believe the Book of Mormon to be another testament of Jesus Christ. There are stories of prophets and Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon, just like in the Bible. The stories are uplifting and faith promoting. An angel, Moroni, who was a prophet in the Book of Mormon, visited Joseph Smith several times and gave him instructions concerning the location and obtaining of the golden plates. Joesph followed these instructions and obtained the plates which were buried in a placed called the Hill Cumorah. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Diana
Yes!! That is part of my conversion story! The seminary class I attended in the mornings before school had us learning from the New Testament in the Bible. Mormons believe in the Bible and do believe it is the word of God! Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Diana
A ward is made up of members, like any congregation. When there are not enough members to make up a ward, then it is called a branch. Several wards make up a stake. In my ward, we have a couple hundred members. There are different organizations for youth and adults to meet the needs of all the members. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Diana
The Mormon church gives worldwide assistance and aide to all nations regardless of religion, race, or ethnicity. Anytime a disaster occurs, the Mormon church is immediately sending aide with food, clothing, and water. The Mormon church also is active in communities and I know I find it important in my family that we help and give service to others, including those not of our faith. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Diana
If God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, then I don't believe he would withdraw such a blessing of prophets from the world today. I do believe we have modern-day prophets. They look just like we do, not like Moses! I am so grateful to know that I can receive God's words through the mouth a living prophet, alive on the earth today! Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Diana
I attend church on Sunday with my family. We worship together as a family by partaking of the sacrament, which is the bread and water. By partaking of the sacrament on Sunday, I remember my Savior Jesus Christ and the Sacrifice he made for all of us by giving his life so we can live eternally with our Heavenly Father. Also at church on Sunday, we are instructed through talks given by other members on gospel topics that helps us in our lives and uplift us. I always feel so glad I went to church because something I hear on Sunday seems specifically spoken for me! The second hour of class is for Sunday School, and there are lessons for all age groups. The temple is a place where worthy members with a temple recommend go to make sacred covenants or promises with the Lord, which bring us blessings. Where the Mormon church is open to all, the temple is sacred and members who enter must have a recommend to enter. To obtain a recommend, members meet with the Bishop to answer questions regarding personal worthiness. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Diana
Because of the Book of Mormon. Over a hundred and fifty years ago, the name "Mormons" has kind of stuck with us. The name Mormon is from a prophet in the Book of Mormon. His name was.. Mormon! Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Diana
The Mormon prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. He has been the prophet for about 2 years now. When I first heard him speak as the prophet of God, I knew he was called of God. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Diana
The purpose of the welfare services is to help families learn to become self-reliant. There is training and learning involved that helps individuals, couples, and families learn how to get back on their feet and even earn jobs so that they may become self-reliant. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Diana
A testimony is what we believe to be true. When we speak of "bearing our testimony", we are declaring our faith and our beliefs in what the Holy Ghost has witnessed to our hearts to be true. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Diana
No, Mormons do not practice polygamy. There are factions that claim to be of our faith, but they are not. This can be confusing when polygamist groups claim to be Mormon. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Diana
Mormon temples are used for sacred ordinances for worthy members who hold temple recommends. Because of the sacredness of the temple, Mormon members attend to receive spiritual strength and guidance from the Lord. A sealing is one of the ordinances performed in the temple. A sealing is for a husband and wife who want to be married not just for this life, but for eternity! It is a beautiful ceremony. Because it is sacred, we don't reveal all that is said outside of the temple. There are also baptisms performed in the temple. These baptisms are performed on worthy members on behalf of people who have died. Mormons believe that all people who have ever lived on the earth, need an opportunity to accept or reject the gospel. Having the ordinance of baptism performed on the behalf of someone who has passed on gives them the opportunity to receive this important ordinance. Jesus Christs himself taught that all should be baptized, and when someone dies they do not have an opportunity to do so. Baptisms in the temple performed by proxy for the dead are just simple baptisms performed in a beautiful font filled with water, and a worthy member even at the age of 12 may be baptized in behalf of someone who has died. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Diana
No. All Mormons are not required to serve missions. When young men turn 19 years old, they are encouraged to serve if they are worthy and have been attending church and living the standards of the Mormon church. The prophet of our church encourages all young men who are worthy and of age to go on a mission. Young women are also encouraged to go on missions at the age of 21 if they desire and feel it is right for them. The decision is between the person and the Lord, ultimately. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Diana
The Church is completely financed through the tithes and offerings of the members. We are not the only church that pays a tithe. I have a wonderful friend, who is not Mormon, and she valiantly pays 10% of her income to her church. The Mormon Church does not ask members for money. We voluntarily pay tithing. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Diana
We can increase our faith in Jesus Christ by living his Word. Reading, studying, and feasting on his Words contained in the Holy Scriptures helps me to increase my faith in Him. Personal prayer, everyday, when done on my knees also helps me to draw to my Savior and I feel my faith grow. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Diana
Donating 10% tithing is biblical, located in the book of Malachi in the Old Testament. Paying tithing is a way to show obedience to God, and there are promised blessings that come to those who pay tithing. These blessings may not come in a monetary manner, but there are blessings! Our family has noticed blessings for years. We have received blessings of health, unexpected money to pay for tuition for our child's college, and appliances that were broken that started working. I also know that Mormons are not the only church that believes in paying 10% tithing. There are many faiths that enjoy the blessings that following this commandment brings! Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Diana
Mormons do NOT worship Joseph Smith. I am grateful for the man he was. He was a simple man, who as a young boy had questions about religion just like I did. He prayed to know which church to join, and from that prayer the beginnings of the restoration of the Lord's gospel came forth. Mormons are grateful for Joseph Smith the Prophet, but we do not worship him. We believe that we are children of a Heavenly Father who loves us and gave his only Son to die for us. This is the God we worship! Show more Show less