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Hi I'm Diane

I love to read. I'm a farmer's daughter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Rocky Mountains, in Wyoming and Idaho, where I learned to love the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. I'm the fifth out of seven children, so I had lots of siblings to play baseball, board games, and cards with. My family is also very musical, so I grew up playing piano and violin and singing. When I was a kid, my dad and mom were in a fiddle band, and I got to play with them sometimes. I loved that! When I graduated from high school, I went on to college and studied English. Now I'm applying to go to graduate school in English as well, with the hope of becoming an English professor. I've always loved to read, any and all kinds of books. My favorites are mysteries and young adult fantasies. I also like to write, and I am working on getting published. I have been married for almost five wonderful years, and my husband is the best man on earth. He takes such good care of me. Unfortunately, we haven't been able to have children, but we look forward to that some day. In the meantime, we love to play games, go hiking, shop for books, and hang out with friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon my whole life, but there comes a point in everyone's life (even life-long Mormons) when we have to evaluate what we really believe. For me, that time was my late teens. When I really read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it, I came to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. It's the only completely true church on the earth, although many other churches have great truths and programs. I know that my family can be together forever, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that He died for me and for all of us, and that He rose again, breaking the bands of spiritual and physical death. I know I will see Him again, and that I will get to be with my Heavenly Father again. I have felt the Holy Spirit in my life again and again, and I strive to be the kind of person the Spirit will always be with. It is that peaceful feeling, that feeling of love and comfort, that makes me want to live in heaven.

How I live my faith

In my ward, I work with the teenage girls in an organization called Young Women's. I also serve as a branch missionary, which means I teach with the full-time missionaries in our home and in other people's homes. In addition, I try to come prepared to church on Sundays with comments and questions about the topics. I serve as a visiting teacher, which means I have several women I try to visit every month, to check up on them and get to know them. Some of my greatest friends are women I have visited. In addition to my church activities, I try to be an example of my faith in my work and community by not using bad language and being kind to everyone.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

I believe in God the most when I am outside among the wonderful creations of the world. Every time I see a thundering waterfall, or a red rock canyon, or the ocean crashing against a sandy beach, I am convinced there is a God. I believe he created this world with all its majesties for us to have a wonderful experience in our mortal lives. Nature in all its beauty could not have happened by accident. Show more Show less

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

Heavenly Father loves all his children, but no one is an exception to His laws. If we want to live with Him again, we must obey the commandments. One of the central commandments is the law of chastity, which states that sexual relations should only happen between husband and wife, who have been legally and lawfully wedded. Any behavior outside of this law constitutes a violation of God's commandment. This does not mean we don't love everyone, but people should not be excused from obeying the law. There are many people who struggle with homosexual temptations who still choose to obey God's law, just as there are many people who struggle with the temptation to drink or smoke who choose not to. We are all given different paths to walk in life. I know that each of us is a spirit child of a loving Father in Heaven, and that gender is an essential part of who we are. If we tell ourselves we are physically the wrong gender, we are essentially telling Heavenly Father he messed up. I know he doesn't mess up. He made us exactly who we need to be to achieve everything he wants fo us. As a Church, we want everyone to be able to fulfill their potential, and that means accepting ourselves for who we are, and trying to be more like Jesus Christ. Show more Show less