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Hi I'm Diane

I'm a Mormon and am so happy I decided to convert in 2010.

About Me

I am a semi-retired, grandmother of 4, mother of 2. As a child I wanted an education and a family. I was in my 30s before my children were born and in my 50's before I finally went back to school to get my Bacehlors in Business Administration and Masters in Education (Curriculum and Instruction). I did not convert to LDS until I was in my 60's. I think I finally have my life in order as I have worked for and received what I cherish: A good life, a family, an education and a part-time on-call job as a paraprofessional for special needs elementary school children.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because being Mormon is more than just attending a Church; it is a community, it is a way of life. We live a wholesome, loving life with a yearning for continual learning of the Gospel. Since joining the church I have been blesssed to find family members, coworkers (from 40 years ago) and even a high school friend, and have had a chance to reconnect with them. I have met and continue to be friends with many members of our Branch. I see other members not only on Sundays, but out in the Community, and especially at work.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by continuing my education of scripture and teaching Primary students (ages 6 and 7) on Sundays, we discuss topics such as Jesus' love for all of us, making good choices, baptism, and our parents love to name a few topics . I also am involved with other members and try to help out by bringing a meal after the birth of a child or offering services such as babysitting or offering a ride to the doctor when these services are needed. My faith rolls over into my professional life as I am a paraprofessional (teachers assistant) for special needs children at the elementary school. It brings me great joy to see our kids progress through their daily tasks by advising and guiding them through their day.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Our Church may be called a cult because many persons do not understand our practices. We are definitely Christians and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. We also are much more than a Sunday morning only church. Our Sunday services offer 3 hours of various services. The first service is the entire family for 1 hour for sacrament, speakers, testimoy; we then offer an hour for children or gospel study for adults; or marriage classes, and then one hour for more gospel study geared towards either men groups or women groups. Other than Sundays, we also have home teaching and visiting teacheing. This is where members visit other members to share scripture or offer help. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints gives its members a sense of belonging, a family, a community to share and to grow. One is never alone as we are all willing and do help each other through a variety of home/visiting teaching. We offer stability in a changing world, I personally find comfort and peace in knowing I have many friends I have met through the Church. Even though I have converted to LDS in 2010, I cannot imagine my life without LDS. Show more Show less