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Hi I'm Diane

I am a grandmother of 28, a Zumba enthusiast and a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a Masters in American Studies and my husband is an attorney. Together we decided to have a large family (7), raise them out on some acreage where they could learn to work, and have me -- a stay at home mom-- be their main luxury. For the children there were no expensive toys or European tours in this equation. I owe my husband for his great financial and emotional support in this endeavor. The children and now the grandchildren are awesome. The entire project has been infinitely satisfying despite inevitable challenges. I have been blessed with wonderful health and enjoy a Zumba class three times a week and vigorous walking and hiking when the weather is fine. I love to write -- mostly for my own amusement. Before newspapers began to shrink, I wrote a lighthearted column for the local paper. It was great fun for me. I have so far resisted the new technologies and have not become a blogger but am considering it, Now in my mid 60's I am coming to terms with some of my dreams of "THE BIG MOMENT" and learning to relish all the wonderful little moments that make up the real joy and texture of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon Church . The truths of the gospel have always seemed perfectly logical to me whether I've been studying science and philosophy or facing a tragedy. I have never really had a true crisis of faith. For me the Book of Mormon has been my rock. As a second witness to the Bible of Christ's divinity and gospel, it continues to fill me with wonder and joy. What a tender mercy of the Lord that we have this book, this tangible evidence of Joseph Smith's prophetic calling. I believe that in order to help us follow Christ, He organized His Church while He was here on earth. I absolutely believe that the Mormon Church is a restoration of that church. Why would I not want to utilize this great gift of doctine, authority and fellowship to make my life better here and lead me back to my Father. All beautiful and worthwhile things in my life have their roots in the values and precepts of Christ's gospel and His church.

How I live my faith

Besides always attending Sunday worship services, I participate in a myriad of activities in Christ's church. I have served in the child, youth and adult organizations as a teacher and leader. A real highlight was serving with my husband in Europe as a missionary for 3 years. We worked with over 400 young men and women as well as other couples in our age group. Together, we are now serving one day a week in the LDS temple close to us. We also have specific people we are assigned to visit, nurture and teach each month. These things I consider to be a part of my public religious life. They bring me much joy and are an indication of my faith. Even more precious to me are aspects of my private religious life such as praying to my Father, reading His word and feeling His love and inspiration. From these experiences have grown many private affirmations and anonymous expressions of my faith through service to my family and community at large.. Living my faith is a 24-7 undertaking and I feel a constant need to improve and draw closer to my Father. Sometimes I am shocked at how far I have to go, and I am grateful for the incredible gift of God's grace.