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Hi I'm dianne

I'm the mother of 7 sons and 4 daughters, grandma to 55 and great grandma to 5, diagnosed with incurable cancer and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a religious home. My grandfather and all of my uncles were Methodist and Congregational ministers. I always wanted to be an airline stewardess when I was old enough and accomplished that goal by becoming the youngest stew to ever graduate from training with a popular airline. Not being too athletic, I have enjoyed both golf and bowling in the past. Fortunately my husband was athletic and all of our children were and excelled. I am an avid Football fan because I was the oldest of 3 girls growing up and my dad raised each girl in a different sport so that he had someone to take to a game with him. And of course my sport was Football. I also really enjoy watching Track and Field,Volleyball, Soccer, and some Baseball. Finally decided I do not like Basketball. Am now trying to make it to as many of the grandchildren's games as possible. Of course I am an avid fan of theirs. I learned to quilt, garden, can and preserve food, and do genealogy when I became a Mormon. My husband and I have been married for over 46 years and are changing our life style from active to semi active. We live on a lake that is so beautiful and we have a boat so that in the Summer, "They will come". Have been on one Cruise with some of our kids and look forward to more. I also worked for a Vet for 12 years 9 of our 11 children have college degrees as do many of their spouses, and several have masters and one doctorate coming up. We are so pleased with all of our children and their children.

Why I am a Mormon

When people ask me why I left my family of ministers and a church active family, and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day. The answer is so simple, "I read The Book of Mormon, and I know it is true. So don't read it yourself or you will know it is true and become a Mormon too." While I was a senior in high school, I started to find fault with my church. It might have even started a little earlier than that. As a youth leader and state representative, I would be asking questions that the ministers in our faith couldn't answer. I also remember an answer that I gave, to a question they asked in a leadership session, that caused a great disturbance. The question was, " When you pray, what image do you pray to?". My answer was to a Heavenly Father who has white hair and beard and a patriarch kind of like my grandfather. I was pulled aside for that one and they spent some time explaining to me that God has no image. In my heart and mind they failed to convert me., My fault finding caused me to begin a search in other churches. I found an Episcopalian Methodist Church, thinking the more pomp and circumstance was what I needed. That worked for awhile and then I finally decided that no church was right and that I could worship outside in this beautiful world that God had created. Then bad words started creeping into my vocabulary and I decided I had to find the right church and get active in a faith again. So I set out to study religion and went to the library to check out books. Alphabetically the Book of Mormon came first. I had dated a Mormon boy in high school. His way of life having met my standards of no drinking, swearing or smoking. I remembered his saying the Book of Mormon was a history and I loved history. I started to read the Book of Mormon at our lake cabin on a family vacation. I could not put it down, would not respond to family pleas to water ski. I didn't even want to eat. I just stayed in the hammock and read. I love my Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Being active in your community, is always taught at church. I was on a City Counsel for 12 years, helped organize and design a Memorial Rose Garden for a cemetery while there. Also active on a High School ad hoc committee. I was a Girls Camp Director for 5 years. Each year we took from 150-200 girls camping for a week. Have taught Family History (genealogy) research in a Family History Library for over 30 years. Presently I teach a class of 11-12 year old girls at church and love them dearly. Also I oversee the music at Church. Having members share their musical talents with all of us by arranging special musical numbers. 12 years ago a temple was built in our area and I had the privilege for 9 years to serve there and help our fellow members to receive eternal knowledge necessary for us to gratefully complete the gift of the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ and to seal our families together forever.