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Hi I'm Dianne

I grew up in California and moved to Montana when my kids were small. I sell pianos, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in southern California near the beach. I graduated from college, got married and had 3 kids; then my husband got the idea to move to Montana. Our business was not dependent on our location, so after a visit, I thought it would be a nice change. We had one more son in Montana. We worked on our piano and antique car restorations until 1997, when we accepted an invitation to start a retail piano store. My husband developed cancer about that time, and passed away in 1999. I am so blessed that we had started this business. All of my kids have worked with me; my daughter and her husband are piano technicians and live nearby with their two boys. I love living in Montana, where we see all sorts of wildlife from the livingroom window! I love to travel, read, go to concerts and plays, watch movies, garden, and play with my grandkids. I also love the different people I meet in my business who are talented and love music, and want to get their children involved with music. Selling is not my favorite thing, so I just look at it as helping people find what they want and need!

Why I am a Mormon

When our first child, my daughter, was two years old, and I was expecting our first son, my husband and I felt that we needed to find a church so there wouldn't be a big gap in their lives. We decided to start trying out churches. We started with the church where we met as teens. There was no feeling of homecoming there, however, so we thought we would look elsewhere. Before the next weekend, the missionaries stopped by the house we were renting, and where my husband was working in his shop in the garage. That was the first time in the six years we were married that we had even seen an LDS missionary! It was right before Christmas, and we were scrambling to get a job finished, so we told them they could come back after New Year's, never expecting that they would. But sure enough, about 3 weeks later they were back on the doorstep. I remember thinking, "Boy, this is the kind of young man I'd like my daughter to marry!" and she was only 2 years old! We started meeting with them, and I realized how hungry I was for knowledge about God and his plan for me and my family. A few months later, my husband and I were baptized. Not only did I come to know the Book of Mormon is a true historical account, but through reading it, I came to know that Jesus Christ is indeed the Savior of the world. One of the things that discouraged me from other Christian churches is that I didn't know if there was any hope for all the millions of people who lived before Christ came to earth. The Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants, explained to me that ALL are God's children, and they will all have the chance to individually learn about the Gospel and accept its teachings. There are lots of ideas, activities and opportunities that have come and gone in my life. I have been a member of the Church for 30 years and can safely say the more I learn, the more committed I am to it, and the more blessings I recognize that I would have missed without it.

How I live my faith

The Church has given me so many opportunities to learn and grow. I have helped in many ways, including teaching adult Sunday School, Seminary early morning classes for high schoolers, music in the children's Sunday School. Right now I am teaching the 10-year-old children and am the coordinator for service needs for the women's organization. I also help organize information for the genealogy resources that the Church makes available to anyone. I attend the temple as often as I can, and gain further insights and strength from my visits there. I am so grateful that my family is sealed together. I am grateful that my youngest son has the benefit of guidance and friendships from excellent adult role models in our ward, and has advanced in the Boy Scout program. I love reading the scriptures, and knowing that when I pray to Heavenly Father, he will hear me, that he loves me, that he will help me make the right decisions for my life and responsibilities. Service in the community is becoming more a part of my life now that my son is 17 and I don't have to supervise him all the time. A year ago, I started working a few hours a week at the local food bank. In addition to making me even more grateful for what I have, it gives me a chance to meet new people. Since I am a single person, I enjoy meeting with the church singles group every so often. The Church is so mindful of us, and often has wonderful conferences or evening meetings with messages just for us of support, compassion, love and encouragement. We help and encourage each other on an individual basis as well.