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Hi I'm Dianne

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Connecticut but raised Catholic, left that church at 18 and am a convert!

About Me

I'm not a typical Mormon, I've lived life on the edge including sky diving, bungee jumping, did drugs when I was younger. I am an adrenaline junkie and sold my Kawasaki Ninja at age 56 and now ride a classic Suzuki Marauder . I love old cars and so much so I have 3 undergoing restoration. A 1973 Pinto Wagon, a 1979 Pinto, and a 1978 Mustang King Cobra II. I used to drag race, rat race, and SCCA race also way way long ago. I own my own telecommunications company and have been in technology since 1971. Recently I sold that company and open a dream shop, now selling and repairing cars. Not typical by any stretch of the imagination. I currently race mini stock at our local race track and am building a Late Model Pro 4. As I lived life on the edge, and somewhat continue to do so, I believe that the only true church has allowed me to take a more positive outlook on life and able to work on things that are important such as being closer to the Lord. Since joining the church, my family has really noticed a difference in my life and have been able to see the changes that the Lord has helped me make! I was always driven to progress in my positions with many companies but never really found what I was looking in my walk with the Lord. I did find this in the Church though.

Why I am a Mormon

I've searched for a church since I was 18, going from Catholic to Episcopalian, Baptist, Southern Baptist, Non-denominational, Methodist, United Methodist, Pentecostal, joined the church of Satan stupidly in my twenties, and even taught against this church in two churches. I then joined the Roman Orthodox church and then stopped going for awhile. I started looking again, and one day my son and I were talking and he said are you sure that was what you said it was. The spirit, for some reason, pushed me to start investigating on my own. I didn't ask anyone about this and just read online about the gospel. I learned that all the points I used to teach against the church about and everything that I thought was true was in fact not true. I was moving my company from one state to another and while placing help wanted ads, one of the job candidates and I started to talk and found out he was LDS. I had been doing my own investigation for about 6 months at that time and he was amazed at how much I knew already. He asked if I had a book for Mormon and I said no. He called a friend going to school near me and I got one. I couldn't put it down, mainly in Alma, but I went cover to cover and discovered the joy of knowing the Lord's church. When I moved I was baptized in a week after arriving to my new location and home. I thank the Lord everyday for giving me the opportunity to join his church. My first year I've given out 122 books of Mormon. I hope that those seeds one day help someone else! How wonderful is it that the Lord accepts us all for our past issues and allows us into his church. We all have the opportunity to join his church, maybe not now for some of us, but hopefully one day! I look back at my life and I was approached about the church more than a few times. Those were seeds, but I didn't realize it at the time. I was baptized in March of 2009 and what a blessing it was to have finally found the Lord's church. I'm so happy to be a member of the church.

How I live my faith

I'm not perfect by any stretch of the imagination. I sin constantly and pray to Heavenly Father for forgiveness. I pray everyday in the morning and evening, at times during the day for strength to be better and the Lord assists me daily as well. I love the church activities and like to participate in Ward activities and functions. The people are testaments to the Lord and are great examples for me! I carry a strong testimony now and try to live as the Lord asked us during his time on Earth. Serving people in the Lord's church is pretty awesome and something that we are blessed with. If you're reading this and others I pray that the spirit fills your heart as it did mine. Being a convert isn't difficult unless you make it so. Prayer and a good foundation is great! Getting to Temple and a recommend is probably the most exciting time I have ever had in my life. I love my family, my mother actually can tell you how much joining the church has made me a better person also along with my children. I thank the Lord for allowing me to be a part of this church, serve people, and have the strength to live my life as closely as possible to the gospel. I am very proud to now say I am a Mormon!

Are Mormons Christians?

Dianne
I have been told many times that I am not a Christian, almost on a daily basis. I love Heavenly Father and Jesus. I understand the reasons people think we are not Christians but the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my savior many times in my life and have been baptized many times. I can promise you that if you read the Book of Mormon, speak to an Elder if they visit and pray you will find that we believe the Lord Jesus Christ is our savior and that through him we learn true peace - I can tell you this first hand. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Dianne
This was told not to be drank or smoked when people didn't know the health hazards. Think back to the 1800s and you'll understand that this was something that must have come from the Lord. People back then were smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol drinking coffee and tea, and even did illegal drugs back then. Up until the 1950's you would see actors and others promoting cigarettes and everything else. In the 60s and 70s when I was growing up it was considered great to do illegal drugs and live the hippy lifestyle. Now think back to the 1950s and you'll see that smoking was considered bad after they started discovering that it caused cancer, although they may have thought of that before. In 1833 Joseph Smith was given the law of health from our God. This was before people really started talking about it and when it wasn't cool not to smoke, it was considered cool actually! Tea and coffee contain tannin and people didn't think anything of it, again way ahead of people knowing like today. Let me pose a question to you, how could Joseph Smith have known this on his own without direction from God? It's impossible to have guessed correctly and this is just another fact that shows that the church is true! Show more Show less