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Hi I'm Diane

I'm a Mormon. 26 of my ancestors were baptized and moved to Utah from throughout Great Britain and Sweden.

About Me

Every night before I go to bed, I have prayer with my husband. We usually start joking and teasing, and laughing with each other. I keep wondering if I will ever get over this happiness I feel every time I look at him and realize I'm married to my best friend. It's something neither of us wants to ever take for granted; coming from previous marriages that were very difficult. We have 2 children still at home from my previous marriage, and 5 others combined. Some things about blended families are hard, but problems are just challenges we figure out together as best we can. Nothing feels too hard when we are working together on it. We have been challenged with limited financial means, and also with an abundance. We want to live within our means, and to help other people. Next month, we are planning to travel to my husband's homeland, and to be sealed together in the temple. My heart wells up with gratitude every time I think of how blessed I am. I get tears of happiness in my eyes as I think about how much the Lord loves to give peace and joy to His children. Through the priesthood, I can be sealed to my sweetheart for all eternity. Nothing in my life has ever given me as much joy as this.

Why I am a Mormon

What was it that my grandparents heard, when they were taught by Mormon missionaries? How is it that in so many different settings, they all felt that the gospel was true? What gave them the courage to change their way of life, to leave their homeland, and to embrace the Mormon religion? I have found so many answers to these questions as I have studied the gospel. Now the only question is, do I have the same inner strength that they did, to live what I know to be true? I know how I feel on the days that I study from the scriptures before I do anything else. I know how much better my day goes. I know the peace and the joy and the satisfaction I have, when I have sacrificed the things I want, and instead I have tried to follow my Savior's example. And I know the sweetness of His mercy when I plead for his forgiveness. I am so grateful for others, both in and out of the church, who help lift and inspire me as I see them striving to live righteously. I know God lives. I have felt His power. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I also know that we have a living prophet today to lead and to guide us. I watch and observe how the right choices that we make, open the way for peace and happiness. I testify that learning of our Savior, and following him by being baptized, are the only thing that will have a lasting impact for good on our lives.

How I live my faith

Today, I am making a freezer meal for a neighbor's family. She has cancer and is not expected to live. Yesterday, I stopped by my sister's house to drop off a small birthday gift for her granddaughter. I want my grand-neice to know that I love her, and that she is an important part of our family. Before that, my 11 year old and I were waiting for my other daughter, and she asked me about how to mark her scriptures. I told her that I like to use yellow to mark scriptures that teach me about faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost. And I use green to highlight scriptures that teach me about the commandments and how to live them. Right now, I am using an orange marker to highlight the scriptures that explain to me what characteristics and attributes my Savior has, so I can be more like Him. It was a spontaneous teaching moment that I was really grateful for. My husband called just a few minutes ago, and asked if we could go to the temple tomorrow night. Of course! I love going to the temple to do work for those who didn't have that opportunity before they died. I think about them, and let them know I am doing this for them, and that I hope they will accept it because i know it will bring them great happiness. It means so much to me to be able to do baptisms and other ordinances for someone who can't do it for themselves. It reminds me of how much my Savior has done for me that I couldn't do for myself. Saturday, our ward (congregation) has planned an activity so that we can work together as a neighborhood to clean up an area that is overgrown. It will be fun to work with our new friends, and get to know our neighbors better. We moved in just a little while ago.