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Hi I'm Diane!

I grew up on a ranch, breaking horses and wrangling cows. I'm married with 6 kids and 10 grandkids. I'm a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised on a Southern Alberta ranch, riding horses and herding cows. I loved it! But I discovered writing when I was 8, penning such opuses as 'The Haunted House' and 'The Dream' and have been writing ever since. I studied Journalism in college, but discovered fairly quickly that I don't like writing 'hard' news. I have one novel published and am in the process of publishing a second. When I'm not punching keys on a computer, I read, teach pie-making classes, direct or act in plays and sew costumes. Or I play with some or all of my 9+ grandchildren. Days just aren't long enough.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family and attended Church by rote. But when I was 15, I suddenly discovered that the gospel that my parents believed so fervently was important to me. I was speaking in Church, something I wasn't very comfortable with and I noticed that a woman seated in front of me had tears running down her cheeks. Then I realized that I had tears running down mine. I was speaking about families, in particular, mine. To attend school, I had been living away from my family during the weekdays and coming home on weekends. This enforced separation had awakened me. Suddenly, I realized how very much I loved my family. The promise that we could be together forever became most important. Then I realized that if this one aspect of the gospel was true, the rest followed. It couldn't be true in bits or pieces. It was all or nothing. My heart suddenly filled with joy and peace. It was all true. Every aspect. Every teaching. Every principle. I couldn't speak. All I could do was stand there and cry. I don't know what the other members of the congregation learned from my words that day. But I learned everything.

How I live my faith

For most of my life, I have been involved in teaching the children. Those precious little spirits are so close to their Heavenly Father. It is a joy just to be around them. Presently, I am priveleged to serve the young women. Those brightest of spirits. Watching them as they take those final steps into adulthood is an inspiring and humbling experience. I remember my own choices and decisions and challenges when I was their age, so long ago. And I am suddenly grateful for the women who guided and directed me. Who took time from their busy lives to devote to me. And I realize that is one of the greatest aspects of the Church. To serve each other and learn and grow by that service. I'm so grateful for the opportunity.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I believe that Heavenly Father is the same. Always. It says so in the scriptures. And he always does things in the same way. He used prophets to guide his people in the Bible times, he would do the same today. That is always how he taught and guided the people. Why, after millenia of doing everything in the same way, would he now change? Are we so righteous that we don't need the guidance of a prophet? Are we so strong that we never make mistakes? No. We are fallible. And one only has to look around at the suffering in the world to know that we still make mistakes. We need the guidance of our Heavenly Father as we always have. Maybe more. That is why we need prophets. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

When we first meet someone, we don't know anything about them. But, as we study them and spend time with them, we slowly realize that they have qualities that we love. So, to get to know someone, you have to make the effort to spend the time with them. It is the same for our Heavenly Father. To get to know him, we have to spend time with him. Talk to him. Study things he has told us. Seek his opinion in everything you do. He is so easy to talk to. He doesn't care what language you speak or if you use 'proper' language. All he cares about is that you do talk to him. As a friend. As a father. And that you call home. As often as possible. Show more Show less