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Hi I'm Diane E. Wirth

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Diane E. Wirth is a writer and independent researcher specializing in art history and iconography, the latter interpreting symbols in art and antiquities. Her primary works include: Decoding Ancient America: A Guide to the Archaeology of the Book of Mormon (2007); Parallels: Mesoamerican and Ancient Middle Eastern Traditions (2003); and A Challenge to the Critics: Scholarly Evidences of the Book of Mormon (1986). Educated at Brigham Young University, she has also studied at Harvard Post Graduate School in Anthropology, and has given presentations at symposiums and conferences which include: The Atlantic Conference, St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2008); Book of Mormon Archaeological Form, Utah (2003, 2004, 2005, 2008); The Aesthetics of Enchantment sponsored by The American Society of Phenomenology, Aesthetics & Fine Arts, Harvard Divinity School (1998); The Ancient American Western Conference, Utah (1997); New England Antiquities Research Association, Massachusetts and New Hampshire (1992, 1993); Society of Early Historic Archaeology, Brigham Young University (1977, 1979, 1987, 1990).

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Catholic and seriously wanted to be a nun. When thirteen, at my mother's prompting, we broke off from the Catholic Church and became Presbyterian. Leaving that church, I followed the Billy Graham circuit and the evangelical movement. My mother came home from a visit to Salt Lake and astounded me with another change--the Mormon Church. Elderly missionaries came and aswered all my curious questions. When I heard the doctrine of the pre-existence, I literally danced down the street because I knew it was true. My mother, brother, and I joined the Church (my father was an atheist). My mother and brother eventually left the Church, but I never lost my testimony and believe this is the true Church that was restored for us in these latter days. This I believe with all my heart.

How I live my faith

I am a Family History Consultant it our Ward and have been doing genealogy for over 40 years. I have over 23,000 names in my genealogy family. I also have been doing research on Mesoamerica as the locale of the Book of Mormon people. This idea is held by every LDS archaeologist. I'm not an archaeolgist, but a Mesoamerican iconographer, that is, interpreting art as it relates to religion, traditions, and beliefs. For me, this makes the stories in the Book of Mormon more real and alive, aside from its gospel teachings. Numerous concepts that were held in Mesoamerica (Mexico and Central America), can be found in the Book of Mormon.