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Hi I'm Didi

I was born and raised in the Mormon church and met my wonderful husband there. I work at a public elementary school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy! I am a wife and mother of five wonderful children - soon to be six. One of the most rewarding things I have done in my life is become a foster parent. After our oldest 2 sons left to serve full-time missions and leave for college, we had room in our home to nurture and provide for children who deserved love, attention, and guidance they had never received in their biological home. As a result, we are in the process of adopting one of those foster children. He will soon become a part of our eternal family. I love children and family and this love for effective parenting came from my parents that raised me well with morals, values, and standards that I have passed on to our children. They are both active Mormons too.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I was lucky enough to be born into a family that had this gospel and were living it faithfully. It wasn't until I was a teenager that I really noticed the difference between the standards that I lived by were different compared to those of other teenagers. It wasn't hard for me to live these high standards because I had had them all of my life. In fact it was harder for me to watch teens make bad mistakes than it was for me to resist them myself. I didn't feel cheated by "missing out on all the fun" when turning down invitations to smoke, drink alcoholic beverages, or become sexually active. For me, it wasn't worth it and I didn't ever engage in these types of activities. I was still a very happy teenager and was involved in high school sports and clubs and got good grades, and had many friends. I loved my family and enjoyed all of our family activities, which was a bit different from my friends families. As a teen, I realized that much of my happiness came as a result of the fact that my parents were raising me the way our church advocated. They were raising me as a Mormon and I liked living that way.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending church services every Sunday. I read my scriptures and say daily prayers. I teach my children the importance of living a life patterned after our Savior, Jesus Christ. I also volunteer at church to teach my children the importance of service. I have volunteered in many different areas in the Mormon church. For the last 10 years, I have taught the children in an organization we call Primary. I have played the piano for them, been their music leader, taught them, and even been the president over the Primary organization. I absolutely loved it because teaching children is where my heart is! I recently was asked to serve in the women's organization that is called, Relief Society. I am in a leadership position that helps all of the ward women leaders fulfill their service callings. I help plan and give training workshops, organize women's conferences, and help out in training new ladies when they accept callings to serve in their local wards.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Didi
We live in a world that is all about body image and sexual exploitation. Modesty and chastity go hand in hand and the younger we teach this concept to our children the easier it will be to help them treat their bodies sacred and special with dignity and respect. One of the things I have found that has helped in teaching my children to respect their bodies is by example. A parent must be able to live the standard that they are trying to teach to their children. Secondly, I don't buy those clothes that are revealing and immodest for any of us. If you don't compromise at all, the child will eventually understand and quit asking. There are many clothes out there today and are attractive and modest and in style. If our children dress appropriately, it helps to keep others focused on who they are as a person and not give others the wrong idea about who they are or what they are looking for. We only have one body and it is designed after our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. It should be treated with respect and dressed appropriately at all times. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Didi
No, we do not worship Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith is honored and respected as a modern day prophet of God who was instrumental in restoring the Lord's gospel to the Earth. He prayed and asked God which church to join and he received his answer after reading James 1:5. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God." He prayed while kneeling in a grove of trees and God the Eternal Father and his Son, Jesus Christ appeared to him. God spoke to him telling him not to join any of the churches because none of them had the entire truth. Joseph followed Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ's counsel and restored Jesus Christ's church back to the Earth. Joseph Smith is a modern day prophet of God and this is why we respect and honor him. We do not worship him. We worship God and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Didi
Missionary service is completely voluntary. Because our church members believe in spreading and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, many of us do serve full-time missions consisting of 18 months-2 years. Young men usually serve at the age of 19 and young women usually serve at the age of 21. Married couples can also serve if they choose to do so and this usually takes place during retirement years. Missionaries do not get paid for their service but instead fund their missions themselves or with help from family and or friends. When a missionary receives his or her call to serve it can be a very exciting time because he or she can be sent to any place around the world. They may even get to learn a different language! While serving, missionaries are always in pairs of 2. They are representatives of the Church for their entire mission. This is a wonderful experience and most Mormons look forward to serving a mission. Show more Show less