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Hi I'm Diana

I taught elementary school. I'm better at making pies instead of cakes for birthdays. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and so is my husband, but we didn’t join the church at the same time. I raised 3 wonderful step-sons, and now have 11 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. I taught elementary school for 38 years. I loved the creativity I had as a teacher and thoroughly enjoyed helping students reach new horizons through the many grants that I got for my classroom. I love to do genealogy and have connected with relatives both here and abroad. My hobbies also include reading, gardening, and needlework. I'm a breast cancer survivor and know that Heavenly Father helped me through the treatments by giving me a support system of loving friends and family here on earth. I love dogs and as a wedding present my husband gave me a toy poodle. We've had toy poodles ever since and they're our second family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a faithful Lutheran home. In fact most of my relatives and ancestors are Lutheran. I enjoyed going to church every Sunday and learning about Jesus Christ. I married a Mormon who had custody of his three sons. Becoming a Mother was a brand new experience for me and I was lucky to have a very supportive and helpful husband. I was an elementary school teacher and continued teaching as we raised the boys. For the next year I went to church weekly with my husband and boys, as I felt the family should be together in church. I was still very connected to my religious roots and traditions in the Lutheran church, and I was emotionally confused about baptism. I didn't understand why I had to be baptized again since I had already been baptized as a baby in another church. Music is dear to my heart as I studied it in college, and played the piano and clarinet. Consequently, I always enjoyed the hymns at church. They “spoke to me” even more than the talks given in church. One Sunday in sacrament meeting when we sang “Oh, My Father” my heart was touched deeply and I knew I wanted to be baptized into this church. I knew that joining the Mormon Church didn’t cancel out my past religious teachings. Instead, a testimony grew inside of me that told me I would be learning more about Jesus Christ and that I would gain an even deeper testimony of him. I’ve never regretted that decision and have gained a personal relationship with my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. I have always held leadership roles professionally. My membership in the church has given me many opportunities to continue this growth through leadership positions, speaking assignments, and planning committees. I’ve never felt any prejudice towards women in the church.

How I live my faith

Prayer is very important to me. I have felt my Heavenly Father’s influence in my life many times because of my private prayers. I know that He listens to each one of us and is aware of our individual needs. Currently my husband and I are Fellowshipping Missionaries. We visit those who are less active in our Ward (congregation). Sometimes they just need someone to talk with. Sometimes they need help with job resources. And we answer their questions about the gospel as best we can. It's a one on one experience, and we hope to love them back into full activity in the church. I also volunteer at the Family History Center. There I share genealogy resources with people from all religions. The other day I had an 80+ year old man came in. He said, “I was just at a funeral and I realized that I’d better research some family history because no one else is doing it in my family.” While he was there we found his ancestors going back 200 years. He was so excited that at last he had something to give his children and grandchildren. When our children were at home we had a weekly Family Home Evening. We set it for every Monday night and included a hymn, a lesson, a treat, family business, and prayers. Through these weekly meetings and with the help of church resources, we were able to give spiritual lessons that were on topics that strengthened our particular family needs. Now my husband and I have our own Family Home Evening, and once a month we meet with other “empty nesters” for Family Home Evening.