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Hi I'm Diana

I'm an a cappella singer, a sports fanatic, a senior chemistry major, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, as you already read, my name is Diana. I was born and raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I'm a senior in college studying Chemistry with the hopes of becoming a chemistry teacher some day. I love playing pretty much all sports but football is my favorite. I sing soprano in a professional co-ed a cappella group and love traveling and competing with them. I'm fairly certain that I have the best job a college student could ask for: I'm a resident assistant in a residence hall on campus. My best friends are my two brothers and my little sister and I love my family to pieces.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I'm a Mormon? That's seems like such a simple question but there doesn't seem to be a simple answer to give. I was born and raised in the Church but that doesn't mean I skipped out on the conversion process. At a very young age, I decided that it was important for me to know if what I was being taught was true. It all felt right but I needed to know for myself. So I read the Book of Mormon and I took Moroni's challenge to pray about it and ask if these things are true. My answer came as such a sweet and assuring feeling that it is and that seedling of a testimony has carried me through my young adult life up to this point. I guess you could say that I'm a Mormon because I love my Savior and feel close to HIm when I read the Book of Mormon and abide by its precepts. Through prayer, I have gained a testimony of the Book of Mormon and the teachings of our prophets today and that testimony is why I'm a Mormon today.

How I live my faith

I'm currently serving as the Institute Council President and as such, I am in charge of a weekly doctrinal class that takes place for young adults. I love going to class and feeling the peace and assurance that is offered through the study of the scriptures. With the help of my council, I plan various activities to provide an opportunity to fellowship with each other and in that way come closer to our Savior together.

What is being a Mormon like?

Diana
Imagine living every day knowing exactly who you are, why you're here and where you're going and that you get to be with your loved ones forever and ever... that's my reality! I know these things and I live each day with the sweet assurance that I have a purpose and I am important to my Heavenly Father. Is it any wonder that we're some of that happiest people on earth? Nothing can get me down because I know that I am a Daughter of my loving Heavenly Father and, if I try my very best and turn to my Savior, I can live with Him again! If that testimony weren't enough to permanently plaster a smile on my face, I would just need to look around me and see all of those that share the same testimony. I have so many friends in the church that I can turn to in times of need and I know that they'll be there for me. They're like an extension of my family. We care so much about one another and it's because of this knowledge that we are all God's children and therefore brothers and sisters. Show more Show less

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

Diana
I know this is a controversial topic- but I want to do my best to address it as lovingly as possible. I go to a fairly liberal school and upon finding out that I'm Mormon, my friends often ask me the same question. I want to be clear that I have friends that are homosexual and I love them so very much. I treat them the way I would treat any of my friends and I get that example from the Savior. As a Christian, I don't believe it is right to persecute any one for any reason. I believe that the commandment to "Love one another" does not exclude anyone. That being said, I also have a firm testimony of the divine roles of men and women in the family as husband and wife, father and mother. I know that God put us on this earth so that we could learn and grow and be saved as a family someday. Families are the whole reason that we're here and I'm so grateful for that. I believe that marriage is a divine institution, established by God, and I believe that He created it for a man and woman. I know that any variation of this principle is in discord with God's teachings and His plan for our eternal happiness. I can't explain why homosexuals feel the way they do, but I believe that Heavenly Father has bigger plans for them. People may ask, "Well, don't you want them to be happy? Why would you deprive homosexuals of the happiness that comes through marriage?" Of course I want them to be happy- I would never wish unhappiness on anyone! But I know that the happiness that God has to offer to us when we're obedient to His commandments is greater than any happiness we can hope to attain for ourselves in this life. Yes, it is not any easy thing to be obedient. Each of us has our unique trials and temptations, but it is in overcoming these temptations that we become more like our Savior. I also have a testimony of the infinite depth and power of the atonement. I know that Christ did pay the price for our sins and that through Him we can become new beings, better beings, than we could ever hope to be on our own. He has not left us here to face these struggles alone. He loves each of us and if we come to Him in our weakness, He can make us strong. He can change us into completely new people. He can make even the weakest of us an instrument for good in His hands. I know He can give us the strength to overcome any temptations we face if we completely put our trust in Him. Most of all, I have a testimony of God's love for us- all of us. He wants us all to be happy and we know from the scriptures that obedience is the only way to finding true happiness. Show more Show less