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Hi I'm Diane

I'm a writer, editor, photographer, mom & grandma. I became a Mormon when I was 28.

About Me

In addition to spending time with my family, I enjoy animals, gardening, reading, walking and traveling. I hold a Bachelor of Science in agricultural journalism from the University of Wisconsin, and recently spent a year studying health-related subjects, Spanish and beginning piano at Lewis-Clark State College. I worked as an equine magazine editor for 12 years, and currently operate my own freelance editing, writing and photography businesses. I'm a mom of five—dare I say it?!—gorgeous daughters, and have five—you guessed it!—adorable grandkids. Although we're pretty spread out geographically, I love to visit them as often as possible. My pets include a Springer Spaniel named Chessie, one of those "I promise to take care of it, Mom!" cats named Peachy Snugglebunny (named by the child who promised at age 7 and is now 21), four laying hens named Reba, Wynonna, Dolly & Cher, and two rabbits named Anthony & Cleopatra.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a protestant church, and although I was confirmed at age 13 as a matter of custom, I had never really committed to the faith. Church was something we did as a family on Sunday, but never talked about during the week. I felt a total disconnect from that faith. As a young married, religion was even farther from my mind. I think I'd refer to myself at that time as agnostic. When I was 28, I suddenly seemed to be surrounded by Mormons. I admired their cheerful, positive attitudes; their strong values; and their commitment to family and serving others. I met with the missionaries to learn more about the LDS Church, and liked what I learned. It made so much sense! These are some of the things that appealed to me then, and continue to motivate me to stay strong in the faith today: • I've always felt that I had a special purpose here on earth. • I love knowing that we can be families not just here on earth, but for eternity; we aren't separated from our forebears and our progeny forever at death. • I love knowing that I'm in control of my destiny—that how I live my life here on earth determines my eternal progression. • It makes me happy to have a Heavenly Father who knows me as an individual, who loves me, who hears me when I pray to Him, and who answers my prayers. • My relationship with my Heavenly Father and with my Savior, Jesus Christ, provides me with indescribable peace and comfort. • I feel blessed to know that we have a living prophet on earth today to guide and direct us through inspiration from God. • I find that when I'm in tune with the Spirit—living true to gospel principles and the Prophet's counsel—that I'm inspired to make better decisions in all areas of my life, and that leads me to greater happiness and fulfillment. • I love that each Church member is offered the opportunity to actively participate in the ward (congregation) in some capacity: clergy, auxiliaries, etc.

How I live my faith

I serve my local ward (congregation) as secretary of the Relief Society, which is the ward's women's organization. As such, I participate in planning and carrying out spiritually focused meetings; fun and educational activities and classes; and performing compassionate service for those in need. In light of my occupational penchant for organizing information (as an editor and writer), this is my all-time favorite calling. During the years, I've also served in the Primary and Young Women's organizations, Cub Scouts, as a family history consultant (during which time I learned much more than I ever passed on to others), meetinghouse librarian, and other callings. I also serve as a visiting teacher—that means that I'm paired with another woman to visit several assigned women each month; to be their friend, and to help them when they have a need.

How does the Church finance its operations?

I have found that as I willingly and cheerfully pay my tithing, I receive blessings that are both tangible and intangible Tangible— • My money somehow goes further than when I don't pay my tithing. • I have fewer financial emergencies—car repairs, medical expenses and other unexpected budget drains—when I pay my tithing faithfully. Intangible— • I feel happy and blessed to know that I'm contributing to God's work. My tithing helps build meetinghouses and temples, and helps support the church's administration and local budgets. It also provides humanitarian assistance for people worldwide who have experienced natural disasters or other tragedies. With so many negative happenings in the world today, it warms my heart to know that I'm helping those who are less fortunate than I. Show more Show less