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Hi I'm Diana

In addition to being a mother and a grandmother, I've had an amazing career working in local government. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Like most Mormon women, I fill many roles. I have been a wife for over 36 years. I am a mother to 4 grown children and a grandmother to 8 children. I have also been blessed to have a wonderful career serving in local government and was recently elected to county-wide office in a community of over 2 million people. My faith and my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been my strength throughout a very busy life. By living principles of the gospel I have been able to maintain my priorities and keep my life in balance even when pulled in many directions by conflicting demands.

Why I am a Mormon

 I was born and raised in the church and am grateful for good parents who instilled in me a love for the Lord early in my life. As a teenager I began to study the scriptures on my own. It was at that time that I came to know for myself that this is Jesus Christ’s church, restored to the earth in the latter days by Joseph Smith, the prophet. This knowledge has guided me throughout my life.

How I live my faith

 I do my best to live the principles of faith, honesty, virtue and service to others. For the past 5 years I have taught the adult Sunday School class. This has been a great opportunity for me because as I prepare my lessons, my knowledge of the scriptures and love for the Savior have greatly increased. For many years I taught classes for the young children each Sunday. Working with the children provided me with the priceless opportunity to grow by putting principles of Christian service into action. Each day I try to find and take advantage of opportunities to serve and strengthen others whenever I can

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Diana
Unlike other religious services, there is no such thing as a spectator when it comes to temple worship. Every person who attends the temple is an active participant. When we attend the temple we participate in covenant-making ordinances where we are given the opportunity to make promises to our Heavenly Father regarding the kind of life we will live. We promise to live gospel principles taught in the scriptures, including the Bible. For example, we promise to live a morally virtuous life. Not everyone is prepared to make such solemn promises to God. That is why members of the church are interviewed by their local Bishop to be sure they are spiritually prepared to enter the temple and make these solemn covenants. Worship in the temple is not secret, but it is sacred. Because everyone who enters the temple does so for the purpose of making covenants with Heavenly Father, there is no place for the casual observer. Show more Show less

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

Diana
Mormon women are a very diverse group. It is impossible to place a label on Mormon women. However, where ever you find Mormon women, you will find individuals who love the Lord, exercise faith, and value relationships. Mormon women seek to make the world a better place through service to family and community. Many of us are wives and mothers. As we serve our communities, it is usually with a desire to improve things for the benefit of our children and grandchildren. Not all Mormon women have families of their own, but all Mormon women are valued for the role they play and the contribution they make to the church and to the world. Mormon women value education and the arts and seek out those things that refine the human spirit. Women and men are equally valued in the Mormon church. All are given the opportunity to serve, lead, grow and contribute. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Diana
The short answer is, “No the church does not endorse political parties.” Most Mormons are socially conservative and family oriented which often results in generalizations about which political party they favor. I am a Democrat and have been all my life. I find the principles of caring for the oppressed and striving for fairness in society to be in harmony with the gospel. My understanding of the gospel and our Heavenly Father’s plan for his children informs my view on many issues that are both social and political. For example, I am pro-life. I cherish marriage between a man and a woman as sacred. I value work and have strived all my life to stay out of debt. My political associates have always respected my beliefs, even though they sometimes disagree. I live in the western United States. I do not live in Utah. I offer the following example of the diversity of Mormons in political life. This past November, my community elected 9 Mormons to various offices. Four of those individuals were Republicans and five were Democrats. Show more Show less