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Hi I'm Diedre

I was born and raised in New Mexico. I was home-schooled part time. I'm a stay at home mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay at home mom in rural New Mexico. My two little cuties and I love life in the Gila Mountains where my husband works for the state Game and Fish department. I love to read classic English lit. (or really anything that's good), play piano, do embroidery crochet sewing quilting, etc... I love to cook, especially desserts. I have tried and loved snow-shoeing, kayaking, hiking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, biking, swimming, and camping (although my husband thinks my kind of camping is wimpy because I'm not willing to live out of a back pack for a whole week). I have my associates degree in Early Childhood Education, and enjoying applying what I know in the area to care for my son and daughter. I've spent several years working in the public schools with special needs students, and loved every minute of it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I made the choice to stay there. I have had the holy spirit witness to me many times of the truthfulness of this church and the gospel that it teaches. I know that God lives and loves me. I know that Christ came to this earth and suffered more than I can hope to imagine so that I can return to my heavenly home. I am so grateful for the knowledge I have of his eternal plan. I can't imagine how I would get through life's sorrows without the knowledge I have that death is not the end, and that families can be together forever, and not just until "death do us part". Being a Mormon is more than just my religion, it's who I am.

How I live my faith

My faith is so much a part of who I am that I don't know who I'd be without it. I was asked to be one of three women in charge of the Primary (the children's organization) in our local congregation. It is so fun and rewarding to get to know the sweet children in our ward. They have such sweet spirits and it is such a blessing to get to be a part of their life. I love how teaching children makes me break down my faith into its most simple form so that it can be understood by even the smallest children. It helps me stay focused on what really matters. The church also plays a huge role in our home life. We do our best to study the scriptures together every day, and say a prayer together as a family every night before we go to bed. Once a week we try to have an evening devoted to our family, where we spend time together learning about the gospel of Christ. One of the things I find most comforting in the doctrines taught in our church is the power of prayer. I know I can pray any time, day or night, and there is always someone listening. I can pray about things that may seem silly or little to anyone else and I know that my Heavenly Father will understand why it's important to me and He'll help me get through whatever it is I'm struggling with. I lean on the strength I get through prayer on a daily basis, and truly can't imagine what I'd do without it!

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

I have found that daily study of the scriptures makes a huge difference in my life. Whether I'm studying a specific topic, or just reading from cover to cover, I can feel the difference in my life. I started a job several years ago that involved caring for a severely handicapped individual. I was very intimidated, because this person was going to be relying on me for basically everything (caring for physical needs, providing understanding and friendship, and adjusting school curriculum to their level of ability), and I had very little professional experience with anything like this. I knew that if I wanted to have a chance of making the difference I dreamed of in the life of my new friend, that I would have to have heavenly help. I had been somewhat lax in my personal study for a while, so I renewed my efforts to study the scriptures prayerfully everyday before work. At first I was sure it wasn't going to make a difference because I was half asleep while reading anyways, but I was amazed. I never saw angels or heard heavenly voices directing me, but when a difficult situation would come up somehow I seemed to always say the right thing (which is NOT one of my personal strengths) to defuse the problem. People and material resources seemed to just appear when most needed. And most of all, I just felt peace knowing that the Good Shepherd was satisfied with my efforts to draw closer to Him while serving one of His very precious little lambs. Show more Show less