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Hi I'm Diana

I'm an editor for a small publishing company. I'm a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a recent college graduate and was lucky enough to find a job almost immediately after graduation as an editor for a small publishing company that publishes books about nutritional topics. I love my job so far since it gives me a chance to do what I always do anyway - try to figure out how to make something that I'm reading more readable and interesting. Outside of work, I love to read, especially young adult novels. I also love to play volleyball and hang out with my nephews and my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was "born into the Church" as members of the LDS Church typically say. My parents and grandparents and their parents and grandparents before them were members. But that doesn't mean that I just dove in following what my parents did. Well, maybe when I was younger. As a child, I was taught that I was a daughter of God and that He has a plan for my happiness. I was also taught that following the commandments of God was central to attaining this happiness. As I grew up, I began to try things out for myself. As I read the Book of Mormon on my own and with my family, I began to feel God's love for me. As I prayed consistently and tried to incorporate the teachings of Christ into my life, I saw I was more content. Even as a busy high school student, when I put the Lord first, I saw more calm and peace in my life. Those lessons stayed with me as I grew older and sustained me through difficult times. I am a Mormon because I know that God lives and that He loves us. I am a Mormon because I have felt His Holy Spirit testify to me that the Book of Mormon is His word. I am a Mormon because I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains the fullness of the gospel and is Christ's church, restored on earth in modern times.

How I live my faith

I attend a small ward in my area for young, unmarried people they're called "singles wards" in Mormon jargon. I attend church weekly. I was recently called to be a teacher in my ward's Relief Society. That means that once a month, I prepare and teach a lesson to the other women in my ward. It's a great assignment. I don't know that I am the most amazing teacher, but I always learn a lot when I am the teacher. But to me, more important than attending church is how I act outside of church. I don't want to live my faith on Sundays only, or be a different person on Sunday than I am the rest of the week. I am far from perfect, but I try to reflect the teachings of Christ in my everyday life.

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

Mormons absolutely believe in equality of men and women! One of my favorite things about the Church is that it teaches that men and women are equally loved children of God with unique roles to fill in this life. Being equally loved and valued by God doesn't mean that men and women are exactly the same, but anyone could tell you that men and women are just different. "Family: A Proclamation to the World," a statement issued by the First Presidency of the LDS Church, teaches that men and women are equal partners with God. I love this teaching and I have seen it in practice throughout my entire life. I have been led by incredible, strong women, from my own mother to those who were called into leadership positions in the Church. Mormon women are not all alike, but the ones are know are women who care deeply about their families and are trying to raise children who will make good choices. They care about those around them and are constantly reaching out to serve those around them. Some Mormon women have careers, some are stay-at-home moms, and some are unmarried. Some Mormon women are shy, others are natural leaders. But the Mormon women I know are happy, hopeful women who love the Lord and seek to make the world a better place. Show more Show less