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Hi I'm Diane Schwartz

I'm 50. I'm a wife and mom. I am a reader and traveler. Family and friends are important to me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just turned 50 this year. Time seems to speed by without any regard to my requests to slow down! My husband and I met in 1982. We both served german-speaking LDS missions. I served in Vienna where I had previously studied with the BYU study abroad program. We were married in August 1984, returned to Vienna in 1985 as teaching assistants to the BYU study abroad program. . .i love Vienna. I consider it my home away from home. . ., and then I graduated from BYU in 1986 with a double major in Humanities and German teaching. My first teaching job outside of BYU was 8th grade English. I love teaching, whether it's german, english, or early morning scripture study to teenagers. Between 1987 and 1997, we had four children. We moved from Provo, UT to San Jose, CA to Newtown, PA, to Spokane, WA to El Dorado Hills, CA back to Spokane, WA to Parker, CO to Western WA where we live now. We did all of that moving between Jan.'88-June '01. Through the many moves, our family met marvelous people whom we call our friends. They are what has enriched our lives. We love to travel, and have returned to Vienna and Europe many times since our missions. However, we prefer traveling to warm beaches. . .Hawaii. While my husband shell-seeks, I read. I have discovered the wonder of books and can't get enough of the literary world. Yes, my life is simple, but it is meaningful because it is filled with wonderful family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because my faith has taken me here. I was born and raised a mormon. As time went by, I realized that I needed to be a mormon because I wanted it, not because I was raised that way. So, I tested it. I read scriptures and prayed and went to church and asked questions. As I searched for myself, I found that my faith in God and Jesus Christ increased, and as my faith increased, my desire to obey increased. As I obey the commandments of God, I find peace in my soul. God has given us boundaries that guides us down a path of good and even toward heavenly goals. I think I find great comfort in knowing that God has a plan that allows me to return to Him if I do my part. Family is at the core of that plan, and since my family is very important to me, I want to do all I can to be able to be with them forever, not just in this life. Yes, I am a mormon because my faith has taken me here.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by living a christian life of being and doing good to others. I try to be kind to my family and those around me. I also live my faith by attending church so that I can be renewed in faith by interacting with friends and to feel the goodness of God. I also attend church to partake of the Sacrament (bread and water that is blessed and passed to the congregation to those who wish to partake). The Sacrament is a physical reminder of the sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As I partake and review how I am living, I come closer to Him. I try to improve myself. I also live my faith by doing what I have been asked to do to help others come unto Christ. I have been asked to teach teenagers about the scriptures in the early morning before school and one class during school. This is a program called "seminary." This is my fourth year of teaching seminary, but I also taught it in PA when we lived there. I love teenagers. . .their energy is contagious and their thirst for knowledge is unending. I find it challenging and very rewarding. I also live my faith by helping those around who need help. I find that my faith increases as I try to live a christlike life.