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Hi I'm Dyana

I lived in Brooklyn, now I'm in Ithaca, I'm Puerto Rican, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love listening to latin music. My favorites are Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, and Ruben Blaze. I am a mom of five children and two grandbabies with two on the way. I just recently got married to the man of my dreams after being with him for 15 years. I had a rough life growing up on the streets of Brooklyn. It was hard, but I have never been as happy as I am now that I joined the church. I was just baptized two weeks ago and now I smile more than I ever have!

Why I am a Mormon

It was September of 1994 when I first met the Elders. My husband had just passed away and the Elders had seen me crying as I was picking up my kids from daycare. They were waiting on the elevator, just like I was, and they asked if I was okay. I told them that I had just lost my husband and then I inviited them into my house. The Elders asked if they could pray for me and I said yes. They read a scripture and I listened to that, but I wasn't ready. Still, they kept on coming back to check up on me, which was good. In 2005 I moved to Ithaca and two years later, I was going through another rough time in my life, when I met the Sister Missionaries. I met them on the corner around the street from my house when I was on my way to the grocery store. Again, I was crying and the Sisters approached me. I listened and they said a prayer for me right there on the street. I invited them to my house and I started learning from them, but I still wasn't ready. It wasn't until the third time that I met the missionaries that I was ready. A few months ago, another tragedy fell on my family and the Sister Missionaries came by while my daughter and me were sitting out in front of our house. At first, I didn't really want to meet with them, but my daughter started to take the lessons. My daughter moved out and the Sisters came to my house, so I let them in and listened to what they had to say. Since then, there has been no turning back. The third time the Sisters came to teach me, they taught me the Plan of Salvation. They were talking about the different kingdoms of glory and I felt the warmness and kindness of their hearts - I knew what they were saying was true. I continued to meet with the Sisters and then in October, I knew I wanted to be baptized. The next month, I was baptized on November 5, 2011 at 11:00am and I've been happier since!

How I live my faith

Since I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I love going to the local Church events, especially to the activities with the women's orgainization. I volunteer at the Red Cross Friendship Center at least twice a week. Whenever they need volunteers in a hurry, they know they can call on me to be there. I love serving my people. I also love to go out and teach people with the Sister Misionaries. But, because I love to serve people, I like to say that I have been doing missionary work all of my life! =)

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yeah, our families can be forever, if we get sealed in the Temple. I always believed that we would see our families after this life (even before I was baptized into the LDS Church), but now that I am a member of the Church, I know HOW we can be together with our families, even after we die. Heavenly Father wants all of us to be together with Him. Show more Show less