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Hi I'm Diane

I live in the temperate rain forest near wild Pacific beaches, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Married for 33 years, I have a wonderful family of a husband and three daughters. I love to make my own jewelry, sew for fun, collect original art, and I like to travel. I work in marketing and communications. In the past few years I have subscribed to a farm box, a CSA, and really enjoy the vegetables. I make my own granola, and have a rule that if I forgot to bring my own bags to the store, I have to buy new ones. Which means, very often I am carrying my groceries out in my hands!

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon! I love knowing who I am and why I am here. I love the teachings of the Savior and His divine plan for each of us. I love the support for my family and the chance to help others along their way. I love the organization of the Church and believe it is divine. For the 23 years of our marriage, my husband, Ken, and I had never suscribed to any faith or attended any church. We just had generic, sort of vague Christian values. We were pretty strong as a family, but did not have a focus, just plugged along best we could. When the younger daughters were 12 and 16, missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints knocked on our door. Years before, Ken and I and our oldest daughter had been visited and were taught by others from this church, but did not commit. This time, though, something was different, and we invited them in again to share their message. The younger girls had never met missionaries and were pretty cautious about these young, friendly strangers with their genuine smiles and spiritual teachings. I did not choose to join the Church because of the wonderful teachings by these nice young men. I HAD to be baptized because the things they taught were perfectly logical and in my heart of hearts I knew these things were true. How could I feel the truth of something so strongly and not commit? One by one, we all knew we felt the same way and agreed to embrace this Church by being baptized and confirmed. A very sweet day came about a year later when held hands across an alter and were sealed together as a family for time and all eternity.

How I live my faith

I cherish my family more because I understand we are truly children of a loving heavenly Father who knows each of us - and he knows our hearts, too. I store food so that I am prepared in the event of an emergency or a change in situation of some sort. I save for the same reason. I eat foods that are good for me, avoiding tobacco, alcohol and caffeine that I might be healthy and be free from those influences that I may feel His spirit work in my life. I look for opportunities to help others along their way. We often cannot help where we came from, but there is always hope for a better life. I love people and life much more as a Mormon.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not worship Joseph Smith. We respect him, just as we respect Moses for freeing the children of Isreal, or Noah for listening to the Lord and saving the animals and mankind and seeds from the great flood. Joseph Smith is the Prophet that restored the Lord's Church to the earth after a long absence. He made great sacrifices and taught many wonderful things that were given to him right from the Lord. Yes, I have been taught this, but I have also sought the personal confirmation of this through study and prayer. I know in my heart that the things Joseph taught are true. Sound the trumpets! Holy Moley, It's REAL! Show more Show less