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Hi I'm Diana

I grew up in the Southern United States. I love nature and the arts. I teach preschool in Virginia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of six children, the youngest of which is 9 years old. My family has moved to many places throughout my lifetime, five different states on both coasts of the US and places in between. They are currently in nearby Pennsylvania. I graduated from college in Utah in 2009 and moved to Northern Virginia to teach school. I taught third grade in the area for one year, and really enjoyed my time with the kids. I now teach at a preschool that focuses on nature-based learning activities. I am involved in teaching, developing curriculum, and directing staff and children. I love seeing young children's faces light up with the joy of discovery! I have been blessed with many varied talents and interests. I love to dance! Ever since I was little, I've loved it. I love singing and making music. I love most things outdoors, hiking, camping, biking, running, gardening, etc. I enjoy spending time with friends and family pursuing common interests and building relationships.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, that is not the primary reason I continue to practice. I have gained for myself a testimony of My Savior Jesus Christ, and that His church has been restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. From the time I was little, I have always known that this church is true. I came to KNOW it even more for myself through applying what I learned in my everyday life. As a child, I believed I am a child of God. I wanted to please Him, and so I tried to be good and kind to others, and to do what is right. Learning, application, and testimony are a continual process, and became the pattern through which my convictions were built. I learn about the gospel and the commandments. I apply them in my life. Then I feel the Holy Spirit speak to my heart that what I have learned and applied is true. I also see the positive consequences in my life and recognize that those blessings come from God. As I then continue to learn and apply, my testimony grows. This is according to the pattern that Christ laid out in John 7:17 "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine; whether it be of God or whether I speak of myself." One time when I was 10 or 12 and I knelt and prayed to know for myself if what I'd been taught all my life was true. I felt a warm, calm, and peaceful feeling inside. I've felt it on many occasions before and since then, and I can't deny the witness of the Spirit. It's true!

How I live my faith

To facilitate meeting people, dating, and marriage, the Church organizes congregations (we call them wards) especially for young single adults. I attend a singles ward every Sunday, where I find many other young professionals as well as college students. Under the guidance of a bishop (minister), we run the ward. None of us are paid for our services. We consider it an honor to be called of God to fulfill certain responsibilities. My responsibility (calling) is to encourage members of the ward to attend the temple and to do family history work. The temple is a sacred place where we make promises with God. Outside the temple we seek out our ancestors to learn more about where we come from and to take their names to the temple. There, we can be linked as a family for eternity. As an individual I strive to live my faith on a daily basis. I find that through staying close to God I am happier and better able to fulfill my responsibilities in life. When I pray I try to talk to God as if he were a friend right there in the room with me. I study the scriptures to know God better, to find answers to questions, and to seek guidance from God in my life. I seek to follow the example of Jesus Christ by serving others, even in small ways. I am by no means perfect at doing these things. Some days I forget, or I don't feel like it, or I get too busy with other things. I take comfort in knowing that even when I mess up, my Savior is there for me and wants to forgive and help me to do better.