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Hi I'm Diana

I grew up in Argentina, served a mission in Spain, live in the USA, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I was born and raised in La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. My grandparents came from 4 different countries: Armenia, Greece, Italy and Spain. We left Argentina as a family in 1971in anticipation of the return of Juan Peron. We sold everything and moved to the USA. We experienced a lot of hardships and adventures, but the Lord led our way, and eventually the US Congress granted us a Private Bill. I served a mission in Spain, got married, had 6 children, and lived around the world due to my husband's career in the military. Today, our children are grown, I have three grandchildren, and I am a full-time faculty member at a community college nearby. I teach general business courses and I am the Director for the Prague Study Abroad program at our college.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, I felt a strong connection to Jesus Christ, and had a very strong desire to follow Him. I grew up in a Catholic home. When I was 7 years old, I participated in a 3 month long catechism course in preparation for my first communion. To this day, I recall feeling overwhelmed with the responsibility to take upon me the name of the Savior, the end of catechism meant we had two weeks before communion, and I requested from the nuns that they would allow me to wait until I was 13 years old so I would be old enough to make a more educated and informed decision. Of course, I was turned down, they told me I was ready right there and then, that my mother had made me a beautiful dress, and that the 8th of December was fast approaching, so I did partake of my first communion with my sister and many other children. But as the years went by, I had a feeling that there was a church on this earth that had the full truth and was organized as the original church had been. And so it happened, that when I was 12 years old, the missionaries dropped by my house looking for my cousin. I still recall the feelings in my heart as I heard the Joseph Smith story for the very first time; that night I went into my room, closed the door, and on my knees I asked in prayer to receive a witness of the truth of the gospel, and I have known ever since that our Lord Jesus Christ restored the Gospel in its fullness and His church was upon the earth once again just as it had been when He had lived on earth. I was baptized shortly after I turned 13 years old. I know the Bible is the word of God, and I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God as well. I have read it many times, and I cannot deny it. The Lord's Church is led by a living prophet, and 12 apostles. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lord's Church upon the earth today.

How I live my faith

The Gospel has offered me the opportunity to develop, grow and progress in many ways. Probably, the most important lesson I have learned in my life is that marriage is about commitment, and that love is a verb not a noun. In a world where divorce is rampant, the Gospel has helped us to stay together through the rough times. We have had many ups and downs, and watched our children struggle through many hardships. But we have learned that as we place the Lord first in our lives, and realize that He is in control, we fulfill our missions and learn the lessons that will take us back to Him. Our faith comforted us as we lost our first baby, a beautiful still born child, it gave us the strength to adjust as we moved across state boundaries, and continents, and gave us the courage to comfort our children through serious illnesses. Through the years, I have had the chance to serve our church community and our town's community in many different ways. I have had the chance to teach Sunday School, to lead women groups, children groups and youth groups. These opportunities to serve have helped me to further learn and live the gospel "for when we are in the service of our fellow beings, we are only in the service of God " (Mosiah 17:2) We have moved over 23 times since we got married and the Gospel has always been a part of our lives.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Diana
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