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Hi I'm Diane

I'm an ordinary woman doing ordinary things. I'm a mom, a lunch lady, and a widow, who loves life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi I'm Diane. I enjoy doing lots of things, but hate doing things by my self. I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, fishing, camping, dirt biking, walking. Simply, I enjoy looking at God's creations. I also enjoy listening to music, sewing, reading, and sometimes cooking. Luckily my kids enjoy the same things, so they are my companions. Before my husband passed away we loved to travel and explore. My kids are growing up, and I am getting closer to the "empty nest" stage of life. This frightens me somewhat, but I am looking forward to discovering me. Like everyone else, my life has been a roller coaster ride of ups and down. But I have learned a lot about life, and I have learned to enjoy life and the importance of family. My family is not perfect by any means, but we have fun together. We have learned to deal with what life throws at us together. And we have learned that no matter what, we are a family. The death of my husband and the father of my kids was not easy. He was our best friend. But we have learned to trust in our Father in Heaven. He has a plan for all of us, we just need to figure out what that plan is. Until then, we have faith, hope, patience and trust.

Why I am a Mormon

I remember when I was a teenager, wondering why I had never experienced the "burning feeling" inside that members of the church talked about when they bore testimony of the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints. I prayed. I read my scriptures. I went to church and youth group every week. Why didn't I feel this wonderful feeling? Then one day in church, this elderly lady bore her testimony of the truthfulness of the church. She said that unlike lots of people, she had never felt this "burning feeling" inside. It bothered her for a long time, until one day while she was thinking about it, she realized that she didn't need to experience this feeling, because it just "felt right". Living the gospel of Jesus Christ just felt right. She was a better person by being a member of the church. I thought about this a lot, and decided that I didn't need this great manifestation to know it was right. I too was a better person by being a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Later in life, when I was experiencing some difficulties, I fasted and prayed for help, guidance, and comfort. I received this wonderful reassurance of peace that everything would be okay. During this same time, I was rereading the Book of Mormon with more dedication and determination to learn of it's truthfulness, and to learn of God's love for me, and of the Savior's love. As I prayed one night, again this overwhelming feeling engulfed my entire being. I was filled with peace, and a feeling that my Heavenly Father knew me, knew my trials and tribulations. And more than anything else, that he loved me. That is why I am a Mormon, it just feels right, and I'm a better person by being a member.

How I live my faith

I have spent most of my adult years teaching the children of my church. I was a cub scout den mother for 8 years. I was a youth activities leader for the 8-11 year old girls for a few years. I have been a Sunday School teacher for the younger children and spent time in the nursery. I enjoy children, and they have taught me more than I have taught them. I have gone on camping trips with the girls ages 12 - 18. I was also a "ma", when we took a trip back in time with the youth. We pushed and pulled "hand carts" across the plains for 5 days to learn a little more about our ancestors. What a wonderful experience for all of us. I have planned and organized Christmas parties, Halloween parties, and Chili cook-offs for both young and old, and everyone in between. Right now I work with a group of church members who combine with community members to organize food drives, blood drives, and cultural events. This is a new experience for me, and it is forcing me to grow and learn. It is bringing me out of my comfort zone. I am realizing that I can do things I didn't think I was capable of doing. It has been and continues to be a good experience for me. I have been privileged to raise four children. Teaching them has been quite a challenge, yet a wonderful blessing at the same time. I have learned to never give up on my children. They are wonderful people, who have lots of love and acceptance in their hearts. I have hope and faith in them, and for their futures. They know God loves them, and that's what's important right now. I have a daughter getting ready to go on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She is a great example to me, and to the rest of my family. I know that her dad is very proud of her. He may not be here with us physically, but he is with us. The knowledge I have of life after this is what helps all of us have a more positive outlook on life. It gives our lives meaning and purpose. What a wonderful gift.