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Hi I'm Dianne

I'm a Mormon & it makes me smile because I have a testimony of faith in our Savior Jesus Christ.

About Me

I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, auntie, & I am a Mormon. I grew up in Orange County in Southern California. I married young and had 2 wonderful children. I grew up in the another protestant church and enjoyed the youth activities. I had a belief in Jesus Christ, but knew little about what that meant as far as living my life on a daily basis. I stopped attending church regularly before I was 30 yrs old. A few years later my marriage ended and I was a single mother. At a particularly low point in my life, my daughter decided she wanted to know more about Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I agreed to meet with the missionaries to learn what it was about the Church that attracted her. I wanted my daughter to have a good Christian foundation and a belief in Christ. I loved what the missionaries taught & I prayed to know if what they told me was true. I had my answer quickly and my life started to change...our lives changed. After 9 meetings with the missionaries we were both baptized into the Church. I have never, even for one second, regretted my decision. I'm grateful to be a Mormon. I met & I married my husband after being active for 8 years. Life is full of ups and downs, but living a gospel centered life keeps us focused on what's good, uplifting & edifying. Being a Mormon is the best choice for living the good life. I'm glad I'm a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it gives my life meaning and joy. I know where I came from, why I'm here, & where I'm going. I am a convert to the Church. I was raised in another church and fell away after I was married. Eventually my marriage fell away. As a divorced mother I had problems, sorrows, disappointments and no where to turn when things were bad. I endured my situation, but happiness eluded me. Eventually my teenage daughter had some very nice Mormon friends who introduced her to the Gospel through Church sponsored youth dances. She met a nice young man that spend a lot of time visiting in our home. When he left to serve a mission we started visiting Churches to find one that suited us. I didn't find one that I was willing to join. My daughter decided to investigate the Mormon Church. I agreed to attend meetings and listen to the missionaries. For the first time I was able to express my desire to know more & the missionaries answered my questions. Prior to this experience, religious discussions of any kind made me uncomfortable, even nervous. Spending time with the missionaries and my daughters friends brought back my desire to be a better person. I knew I'd found my Church home. My daughter and I were baptized 25 yrs ago this summer. I am a Mormon because it's the right thing to do for the right reasons and it makes me happy. I am a Mormon because I love my Father in Heaven and want to live my life according to His Gospel. I believe in Jesus Christ, the son of the living God and in His Gospel. I am a Mormon because I want to be.

How I live my faith

Being an active member of the Church is one way I live my faith. Currently I am serving as Compassionate Service Leader and I am truly blessed when I help others. There are times when I think I'm never going to get every thing done, or get where I need to be on time, but when I start my day with prayer & take time for reading the scriptures, there is always enough time in my day for what's important. I want to say living my faith is easy because it's simple & uncomplicated. God gave us commandments to make our lives better. Living by His commandments every day keeps me headed in the right direction. I feel the gentle guidance & the comfort of the Lord's Spirit when I take courage to do what's right. We constantly have choices before us in everything we do. I live my faith by choosing to do what's right, above what's sometimes more convenient or easy. Recently my husband found a new product left in a shopping cart in the parking lot of our grocery store. The store was closing so he brought it home. The next day I returned it to the store where the clerk said ..."most people would just keep it." He was more than a little surprised that I returned it. It was the right thing to do. Doing what's right feels good. Everything we do has a consequence. Some good, some bad. Choosing to do what's right is living my faith.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Dianne
We've always had a Bible, but Christ's Church, as recorded in the Bible, was eventually destroyed during the Apostasy or that period after His crucifixion when His Apostles were all killed & people fell away from the truths as He taught them. Paul warned 2 Timothy 43, that man would pervert the ways of Christ's Church. Acts 20 29-30 "For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them." He refers to men teaching in order to entice the saints away for gain & their own perverse pleasures. The Bible has been translated many times & much removed giving man more power to corrupt God's plan. Paul prophesied in Acts 319-21That we would be given another opportunity to know of Christ's Church. Christ restored the Gospel through His chosen Prophet, even Joseph Smith, and gave him the keys to His Priesthood and the authority to act in His name. He brought forth the Book of Mormon to give us ample opportunity to follow Him. Christ restored His Church opening this last dispensation to give all God's children hope in this life & eternal life with him. We learn more by reading the Bible and The Book of Mormon as companion resource. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Dianne
Baptism is a covenant we make with our Father in Heaven. That particular covenant is a 2 way promise. By our baptism we promise that we will take upon us the name of the Savior and live according to His commandments. He then promises us He will answer our prayers and provide us with the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. We believe in making covenants or promises to our Father in Heaven and He in turn blesses our lives. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Dianne
When I read my scriptures at the beginning of each day I know my day will be blessed by His guidance. Looking at a list of chores can be frustrating, but when I take the time to invite His Spirit into my day by reading the scriptures I feel the difference. On days when I'm running late & think I'll read later, I can get distracted and frustrated. But the best days happen when I invite Him into my life by reading His words. Remembering Him before I race out the door takes the feeling of racing away. The day falls into place in small increments as I start to accomplish my tasks. Often at days end I can tell I did more than I planned, with a better attitude, because I first remembered Him. I remember to smile at one who's hands hang down, or give up my place in a long check out line when I see someone with just 1 item. It makes me feel even better to serve in small & simple ways. He gave His life that I might find mine. I can share His love in my actions and words. I know my Savior love me & that enables me to love others. Show more Show less