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Hi I'm Diana

I grew up in the Eastern United States. I'm a band teacher. My husband taught me to swing dance and I am a Mormom.

About Me

I am a daughter of God, who loves me, and I love him. He sent me here to earth and gave me kind and dear parents, who were both raised Mormon in Utah. My siblings have been my biggest fans, always encouraging, loving and supporting me. My family moved to Pennsylvania when I was 5 and I grew up there and in Virginia. My parents insisted that all of us learn to play a musical instrument. Now, when our whole family gathers, we have the most fun playing music together. I got a bachelor's degree in music education from BYU but I didn't meet my husband there. I worked in Virginia as an elementary band teacher for3 years before we met. I can never express fully the gratitude I feel every day for my husband and the gift he is in my life. When our first son was born, I resigned from my teaching position to become a full time mom. I have never regretted my choice to put my career on hold for the benefit of my children and our family. I have continued to teach private flute lessons and play in community bands, and small ensembles, just to keep my foot in the door, because I plan to go back to full time teaching once our children are grown. We now have 4 sons. Each is precious and beloved by us. It is wonderful and busy and stressful and exciting all at the same time. In order to preserve my sanity I play the piano, bake and knit and quilt. I volunteer in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have my entire life.

Why I am a Mormon

I read the Book of Mormon every day. I know that it is the word of God. The Spirit has born witness to my spirit that it is what it claims to be a record of an ancient people and their dealings with God. As I read it, I am confident that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world and my personal Redeemer. No matter what good, what truth, or what light may exist in the world of religious beliefs, only in the Mormon church is the Book of Mormon revered as scripture. That is the biggest reason that I am a Mormon. The Book of Mormon is true. I know it and I cannot deny it. I also know that God is not dead, nor doth He sleep. He is alive and real. He speaks to His prophet on the earth today and He visits His temples. Only in the Mormon church is the doctrine of continuing revelation upheld. I also know that a man must be called of God by prophesy and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority to preach the gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof. Each worthy male in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is given authority priesthood to act for God and Jesus. Each one can trace that authority all the way back to Jesus Christ, Himself. That true authority matters to me. Jesus promised that if any man shall do His will, he shall know the doctrine. I have seen that promise fulfilled in my own life. As I follow the teachings preached in the Mormon church, I understand God's great eternal plan for me and I want to stay on the path that leads me back to Him.  

How I live my faith

I live my faith by staying in touch with my Heavenly Father daily. I ask him for help in raising my sons. I pray for those that I know need His guidance. I attend my church weekly and volunteer by teaching children ages 3 - 12. I try to be a good neighbor. I volunteer in my neighborhood doing a "community watch" shift. I'm trying to be like Jesus. I repent when I fail, daily. He continues to lead and guide me by the power of His spirit.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Diana
The priesthood is given to men to help them become what women naturally are sympathetic, nurturing, service oriented, caring and compassionate. If women insisted on holding the priesthood, we would be robbing the men of an opportunity to become like Christ. Women, especially those who raise their own children, have that opportunity built in to their job description namely, mother.  Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Diana
We choose not to have cable in our home. We have 1 television that we use regularly to watch DVD's and other shows that we hand pick. That way, we are not exposed to commercials and other filth that flits across the screen disguised as entertainment. Our family computer is in a public place in our home so that no one can hide in a dark corner viewing inappropriate material. We also emphasize modesty with our 4 little boys. We teach them to cover and respect their own bodies as well as showing respect for the bodies of others. They know that it is not okay to look at people without clothing on. That is what we teach. They are too young to know what pornography is and what it is for, but we hope and pray that the foundation we are laying for them will be instructive for them when they are old enough. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Diana
A testimony is truth gained through the witness of the Holy Ghost, or Spirit of God. No man can say that Jesus is the Christ but by the Holy Ghost. It is the way to know the mind and will of God. The miracle is that He will confirm in our hearts and minds what we feel to be true. The trick is feeling and recognizing the Holy Ghost when it does testify for it sure will. Show more Show less