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Hi I'm Diane

I am a 5th generation Arizonan, I'm a graduate student, intern, mother, wife and a grandmother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Education is extremely important to me. Ten years after receiving my BIS I am a graduate student. I am working on a Masters in Social Work degree. While my children sit at the table doing homework, I am sitting with them doing my homework! School has become a family affair. I plan to graduate from Arizona State University just two weeks before my son graduates from high school. I have found that being a middle-aged woman back in a university is a difficult transition for me. I was a stay at home mom for 23 years - now I have added full time graduate student with a part time internship, both which keep me extremely busy. It is a new experience for all of us, and we continue to make adjustments to help the schedule run more smoothly. One of my teenage daughters helps by making the lunches for everyone. Another teenage daughter helps by keeping the kitchen clean. My teenage son helps by driving children to practices and activities. My youngest son helps by creating fun and laughter in our home. My husband helps by supporting all of us in our crazy schedules - even when he has his own schedule of work, volunteer basketball coach, and fatherhood. Through it all we still have time for FUN! We know the importance of "live, laugh, love."

Why I am a Mormon

I am a 5th generation Mormon. My ancestors converted to the church back in their Scandinavian and English home lands. I come from a strong Pioneer heritage and have forever been grateful to this family that came before me and paved the way for me to know and understand my Savior, Jesus Christ. They left a legacy of faith and love for me. I gained my personal testimony that my Heavenly Father knows me as a senior in high school. I did not get asked to the senior prom and was feeling very sorry for myself. I did not want to attend church on the Sunday following prom. Back in those days, the youth who attended the dance wore their dresses and tuxes to church following the dance. I knew I would be the only youth NOT dressed up and I was not prepared for the stares and questions. My dad, the Bishop, made me go. I sat in church, the Counselor conducting made a comment about how beautiful everyone looked in their dresses and tuxes and I was crushed. I sat there, slouched as low as I could get on the second row, and cried. I leaned my head on the pew in front, just hopping that the ground would open and swallow me up. That is when I saw a tiny white heart where the hymnals are held. I picked up that tiny white heart and read "Jesus loves Diane." I knew right then and there that it did not matter if I went to prom or not - Jesus loved me, Diane. I knew that I was important to Jesus, my Savior. I sat up, I smiled, and I enjoyed that day. Yes, I was the only teenage girl that did not wear a prom dress. Yes, I was the only youth not able to talk about the fun of the night before. But I had something so much more important. I had knowledge that Jesus loved me. I still keep that little heart as a reminder of His love. I know that I am important to a loving Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. I know that He knows me, personally. I know that He is always there for me.

How I live my faith

I am the president of the children's organization in my congregation. I serve the children aged 18-months through 11-years-old. I am responsible for their Sunday instruction in addition to the Boy Scouts of America program for our 8 - 11-year-old boys and the Activity Day program for our 8 - 11-year-old girls. In addition to these responsibilities I help the children aged 8 - 11-years in their Faith In God program which has them working on goals and tasks that develop their faith in our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I am an avid volunteer in the public schools. I have served in various positions in the Boy Scouts of America program. I currently help families get licensed and certified in foster care and adoption. As a Masters in Social Work student I work actively in advocacy for children. My primary focus is in adoption. Having been on the receiving end of several adoption plans I strongly advocate for single and pregnant teens to consider an adoption plan. I love working with families as they plan and prepare homes for foster care children and for the hopes of adding to their families eternally through adoption. The joy families have in the preparing stages is contagious. I look forward to meeting with families each month as they have foster children placed in their homes. I am honored to be a part of their life as foster parents give so willingly and lovingly to children who have been removed from their birth home for various, serious reasons. The resiliency of children placed in a prepared family is a testament to good parenting and open hearts. Children are our future. I am passionate about children being treated respectfully, lovingly, carefully, honorably, and educationally. Children need role models and mentors, especially when they are put in the foster care system. If i can make a difference in one child's life, I will have made a difference for generations to come.