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Hi I'm Dianna

I was born in California. I'm a wife, college grad, voracious reader, martial artist, and vegan. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I lived in Utah for a short time where I met my husband. Shortly after marriage we decided to move to Texas to pursue our education. In Texas we started a Brazilian capoeira school, as we are both experienced capoeiristas, (hubby is a professor and I'm a graduada) and ran that business all throughout our college years. Now we live back in the west practicing chiropractic, living vegan, and being entrepreneurial. We love traveling the world, health and wellness, and teaching others how to live a more active, healthy lifestyle. We also have two super bossy cats who allow us to live in their home.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it makes sense. As a lifelong Christian, and student of the life of Christ, Mormonism is a fulfillment of prophecy. Christ always said he would come back and that He would prepare the way for his second coming. Through personal prayer I have obtained a testimony from my Father in Heaven that Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father did appear to Joseph Smith to lay the foundation for the glorious return of Christ. The church that Jesus organized when he lived on the earth has been reorganized in it's fullness today. We have a living prophet, like prophets of old--Jacob, Moses, and Abraham, who lead Christ's church today. We have record of Christ's appearance, after his resurrection, to the people who lived here in the Americas. This record is called the Book of Mormon. I'm a Mormon because I can't deny that the fulness of Christ's gospel is here on the earth. I'm a Mormon because as a seeker of truth, and all things good, there is nothing more true than the saving ordinances of the Temple, the blessing of the Priesthood, and the knowledge that I am a child of God. I can't deny that the truth is available to all who seek. If any person seeks to know, with pure intent of heart, if the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth, and if the Book of Mormon is true, they will receive an answer. Heavenly Father is ready and waiting to bear witness to anyone who asks. I am a Mormon because I can't deny it's true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being involved in my ward family. I love being an alternate or substitute teacher in Sunday school, or speaking in Church. In my line of work I interact with members of my town community very often and many people notice that I don't drink alcohol. I live my faith by being an example to my neighbors and colleagues. I have many non-member friends whom I spend a lot of time with, and I find I live my faith by just being me.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

As Mormons we attend church each Sunday to partake of the Sacrament and renew our baptismal covenants. The Sacrament service is a time of reflection as we consider how we've possibly sinned during the week. It's a time for repentance and communion with the Savior. All people, members and those not of our faith are invited and welcome to come to Sunday meetings every week. In the other meetings at church each week we are additionally edified spiritually with lessons and activities that bring us unto Christ. The Temple on the other hand is a spiritual place only worthy members of the LDS Church are able to attend. However, all people are encouraged to qualify to attend the Temple. Those who attend the Temple must have a special recommend from their church leaders including their Bishop and Area President. The recommend, or pass, is only given after interviews are performed by Church leaders to make sure the holder qualifies to attend the Temple including being a baptized member of the Church. Not all members of the LDS Church qualify. Some of the qualifiers to be worthy to attend the Temple include being a full tithe payer, and following the Word of Wisdom. Special ordinances related to eternal life are performed in the Temple. Practicing Mormons believe the Temple is the most sacred place on the earth. Because it is such a holy and sacred place, what is practiced inside is not casually spoken of outside of the Temple. As I tell my non-LDS friends--it's not secret, it's sacred. Show more Show less