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Hi I'm Diane

I'm a grandma, mother, wife. For a long time I searched for peace and Truth. I found it & that's why I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 5 daughters, with 13 grandchildren so far. I tend 3 of the little grandchildren during the week and must admit they wear me out! I work in the temple one day a week and love to serve there. Most of the time that my daughters were young I was able to be a stay at home mom. However I also was able to do bookkeeping for my husband's business. At one time I was able to travel teaching self-defense classes. I laugh when I remember that I traveled to "London" and "Peru" without ever leaving the North American continent. (London, Ontario, Canada & Peru, Illinois.) I have been married to my wonderful husband for over 35 years.

Why I am a Mormon

For many years I searched for the Truth. When in high school I belonged to "Rainbow Girls" and annually we would go to the church of the current "Worthy Advisor" (a young woman, president so to speak of the group.) While attending the service one year I had a deeply spiritual experience that blessed me to know that God lived. Since that date I spent much time earnestly seeking for a Church that would help me to feel "home." While in college I wrote a paper for my English class about whether God lived. At the time US News & World Report, Time Magazine & many other papers & magazines had the headlines that "God was Dead." That disturbed me greatly, and I did a great deal of research for this paper. I visited with a Franciscan monk who was also searching for God and was unhappy with his previous church. Subsequently I married my sweetheart, and it was in a Methodist church by a Lutheran minister because the pastor of the Methodist church was ill so I had permission. Looking back it was a tender mercy of the Lord because I knew that He was guiding me and to "keep looking." Not long after we were married my husband's grandmother passed away. She had been living with his family & her son, a "Mormon" in Salt Lake City came up and did this wonderful funeral. Her son spoke about his mother (who had been quite ill) was now "dancing and happy!" It was such a joyous experience. Nothing like the funeral we had been to just a short 6 months earlier when my husband's best friend in high school had drowned. His funeral had been nothing of hope but only of loss and never seeing our friend again. But here, a person we loved even more was not only going to be seen again but we could be together, forever! One of my husband's cousins sent some "Friends" (curiously both named "Elder") and taught us the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It rang true to my heart, I had come "home." Now as I look back over the years I can see the Lord's Hand in my life directing me and I am Eternally grateful.

How I live my faith

The Church has provided me opportunities to serve in almost every organization it has! I've served with the children in Primary (the children's organization) as a teacher and leader, I've served with the women in Relief Society (the Women's organization) as a teacher and leader. I've taught Sunday School, and served in "Stake" organizations as well. I taught seminary (daily hour study of scriptures for youth in 9th through 12th grade) for 7 years. What I have found is that my "favorite" calling is what ever I am called to do at this moment! I've rarely felt prepared for the opportunity, but with each calling the Lord has blessed me with understanding and growth. Some opportunities were easy but all provided opportunity for personal growth and a greater understanding of the Lord's plan for His children. My church service helped me gain skills that allowed me to be a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) president at an elementary school. I have grown to love the people I serve every time and many remain life-long friends regardless of the miles between us.