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Hi I'm Diane Peters

I grew up in small mining towns of Nevada. I served as a community councilwoman for two terms. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up my life was tough, because we were terribly poor and living in a small mining town that offered few opportunities. Somehow, I managed to go to college, where I studied theater and cinema. But ultimately I found myself in the computer software industry. It was a big departure for me. But it was interesting to discover in myself unknown talents. As I was bit of a work-aholic though, and I rarely dated. I was 32 years old when I met my husband... at work! He was a senior software engineer with a sailboat. We married within months of our first date on that boat, and had our one and only child 4 years later. I quit to stay home and raise her. Now 16 years later, I am struggling to get back into the job market. I have served two terms as a Community Councilwoman (an elected, unpaid position). I believe every American should serve their country in some way at some point in their lives. I loved being a part of that process, and was able to accomplish renovation of a fire station, identifying all AEDs in area, and establishing a recycling plan for community events. As a school volunteer I taught art and created a science education program in my daughter's elementary school. I love volunteer work and wish I had more time, energy and money to do more.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents had no real affinity for religion, except loose ties to the Mormon church. However, I always felt the tug to know God. As a family, when I was really small, my mother used to have us pray a blessing over our meals when Dad was not home. This simple act sowed a seed in my soul. It me how to pray and to whom. An LDS friend of mine was baptized at age eight, and I asked if I could be also. But the answer was always no. Soon after, I began praying in secret after my sisters went to sleep. I also hid a Bible in the bathroom to read behind a locked door, so that they would not tease me. When I was a eleven, my mother announced that all four of us girls were to be baptized into the Mormon church. Just like that. I knew that something very important had taken place, but it we never went back to church and there was no teaching or religious discussions at home. Occasionally I went to church with my friend when invited. But it wasn't until a really bleak time in my teens when the Holy Spirit touched my heart so deeply and profoundly, as I sat in the church foyer one day, that completely turned my life around. Light, inexplicable love and joy filled every part of me. The next few years were as different as night to day. Reading the Book of Mormon brought me closer to the Savior and made my prayers soar. I felt overpowering love and direction from God, which radiated out to others. It was as if I could see them through His eyes, and all I could feel for them was love no matter what they did. My heart felt like it would burst sometimes. I knew that He felt that way about me, too. I never want to go back to the spiritually bareness of my life before. I am so grateful for all the scriptures we have today, the leadership of a prophet and priesthood holders who have the proper authority to act in the Lord's name. The security of this divine organization offers is priceless.

How I live my faith

I attend weekly meetings: Sunday, monthly Relief Society (RS - our women's organization) activities. In my ward (church congregation), I am the Compassionate Service Leader (best calling ever) for the Relief Society to meet the needs of the sisters (women) in our ward, who may be in financial need, ill, disabled, recovering from surgery, grieving... via but not limited to (for example): prepare and serve food for funeral luncheons for family and out of town friends of the deceased, bring meals, provide rides when other transportation is unavailable, donate clothing or other items needed, visit the sick and shut-ins, clean, launder, pack/unpack for moves, etc. Along with that calling, I also serve as a Visiting Teacher, which means that with another woman, I visit a few gals in the ward each month. If each VT partnership visits their assigned sisters each month, every woman in our ward has at least two friends in the ward, and if there are needs in her home, they can be addressed. All this is done on a volunteer basis. I also participate in Humanitarian Projects that our ward or Stake (group of multiple wards) sets up, such as creating school, newborn or hygiene kits for poverty- or disaster-stricken areas of the world. Each year, we also clean a community outdoor theater, clean a stretch of beach, assist with a Bethlehem Walk sponsored by another church in town each Christmas season, prepare and serve food at a local interfaith center that assists the homeless, elderly and alcoholics, distribute groceries to the poor in our church, and we also clean our own church buildings, etc. All positions are unpaid, volunteer. We have a lay ministry. Tithes and offerings are voluntary and paid discreetly. As a ward we also gather regularly for holidays and just for fun. Each month my ward members gather for potluck dinners. Sometimes we entertain one another with talents. I also sing in our ward choir and substitute teach the children's or youth's Sunday School classes.