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Hi I'm Dianna.

I'm originally from Connecticut, and I'm a convert to the LDS church. I'm a mom and an artist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was 16, a friend shared the gospel with me, and I joined the church. Two years before, I had started attending AA and NA, and I consider myself a recovering addict as well. I now find my recovery in living the gospel of Jesus Christ, which I find is in harmony with the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (in fact, the church even has it's own 12 Step Program). I'm also a singer and actress. I have a Bachelor's in Acting, and I've performed professionally and semi-professionally on and off for 18 years. I'm also a mother of 4 children, and the main focus of my life is trying to care for my children and to make our home a safe, positive place to be. It's not always easy - I often struggle with anxiety and depression. But living the gospel and having healthy expectations of myself brings me through the most difficult times.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I was introduced to the church, I didn't believe in religion. I had never had a truly spiritual experience in any faith. But, because of my involvement with AA and NA, I did believe in a Higher Power. So I actually prayed a lot to that Higher Power, though I had no idea who I was praying to. When I was 16, a friend from school started sharing some of her beliefs with me, and she gave me a Book of Mormon. One evening we had a conversation where she shared some of the distinct doctrines of the LDS faith. At that moment, I had a strong sense that what she said was true, and I told her that I believed what she just said. It was the beginning of a wonderful change for me. I felt as if someone was reminding me of something that I'd forgotten. I know now that it was the Holy Ghost. It helped me feel peace and hope, and it was different from anything I'd experienced before. I met with the missionaries, and during each visit, I felt that same feeling of peace and hope and a sense of being at home. I decided to be baptized, and my mother gave me permission. That was 21 years ago. I had a very hard life as a kid, and joining the 12 Step Programs made an improvement in my life. But coming to know that my Higher Power is actually my Father in Heaven - a real being who knows me very personally and loves me more than I can understand - has changed my life forever. Since that time, I served as a missionary for the church, graduated from college, married a wonderful man, and I'm now a stay at home mother of 4. Every good thing I've done and every good thing I have in my life is either a result of God's grace or a positive consequence of living the gospel. Without the gospel of Jesus Christ and the presence of the Holy Ghost in my life, I really believe that I would've given up a long time ago.

How I live my faith

I believe that "Living the Gospel" is a way of life. I try to study scripture and pray each day, so that I can understand Jesus Christ better and have a relationship with Him. I pray for help each day to care for my family. I try to forgive myself and others when things go wrong, because it's just a part of life. I believe in being nice to everyone I meet and helping people feel safe with me. I feel that is one of the most important parts of being a Christian. There is way too much loneliness in the world, and I don't want people to feel lonely when they are with me. I try to be a good example to my children and teach them the gospel in our home. And I try really hard to help them feel loved and accepted. I love being a part of a church where we can serve and volunteer in different ways. I am currently the choir director in our congregation, which I love because it keeps music in my life when I'm not performing. And I love directing others in singing the hymns, which are an amazing way of sharing your belief in Christ and feeling the Holy Ghost. I visit other women in the ward and offering my service and friendship to them. I'm supposed to help them, but I'm pretty sure I get a lot more out of it than they do.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is one of the first things that impressed me about the church. From the age of 14 on, I considered myself a recovering addict. So not drinking, smoking, or doing any kind of drugs was important to me. I thought it was great that a church would encourage its members to avoid these substances. I later learned the doctrine connected to the Word of Wisdom. To me, the most important doctrines connected to the Word of Wisdom are these: 1) Our bodies are sacred and made in the image of God. Because of this, we should take our bodies seriously. We should do whatever we can to take care of our bodies. We have seen plenty of proof that tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and other drugs can compromise our health. 2) We are souls, not just spirits and not just bodies. We believe that a soul is a combination of spirit and body, and they are connected to each other. Have you noticed how hard it can be to control your temper when you're tired or hungry? That's because your body is a big part of who you are. It's hard to be in control of your personality and your choices when you don't have control over your body. We've all seen that many forms of abuse are connected to alcohol or drug use. Sometimes people abuse others. Sometimes it's themselves. The bottom line is, we should do everything we can to be in control of our bodies. This isn't always easy, but I feel like the word of wisdom has been a blessing to me and my family. Show more Show less