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Hi I'm Diane!

I'm a farm girl. I love athletics. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in Alberta, Canada. There are 11 members of my family: Mom and Dad and nine children (5 boys, and 4 girls). I grew up working on the farm with my family, which taught me the ethic of hard work. When we weren't working on the farm, we would head over to Waterton Lakes National Park to hike and enjoy the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. I LOVE THE MOUNTAINS! There isn't a place where I feel the love of God more than in the mountains. I love to climb high peaks, and to feel that amazing feeling of accomplishment when I get to the top! However, I think that spending time with my family in the mountains (or anywhere) makes that experience complete. I love my family! I also love sports. My family is pretty athletic, and we love playing any type of sport together. I played basketball, volleyball, and badminton in high school, and when I went to university I got into running. I am passionate about running, and so far I have ran in three 10K's, two half marathons, and two marathons. My next goal is a triathlon! I have a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, UT. Being at a church school was very fulfilling, as I was able to feel the Spirit often on campus as I studied. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Colorado (Spanish-speaking) which was an amazing experience. In May I will be starting Physical Therapy school in Utah!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When I was younger, I followed the testimonies and faith of my parents, but it came to a point where I realized that I had to obtain my own testimony (or knowledge that it was true). I didn't acquire a testimony in some large, amazing way, but it has come to me little by little. When I was a youth, I was challenged by a church leader to read the Book of Mormon for 15 minutes a day. I started doing it, just for the purpose of "checking it off" the next day in class. However, as I made it a habit to read the Book of Mormon daily, I started to feel a power in my life that I had never before felt. I felt love, peace, and enlightenment (which I later learned was called the Spirit of God). From these feelings, I knew without a doubt that the Book of Mormon was the true word of God (along with the Bible). Like this experience, there have been certain meaningful moments in my life that helped my testimony to grow. Some of these have been hiking in the mountains, looking at the stars, feeling the strength of the Gospel as I associated with peers that had their own testimonies, and feeling the Savior's saving grace when tragedy struck. All of these experiences have taught me to love, to trust in the Lord, and to follow his commandments. I am not a Mormon just because my family is. I am a Mormon because I have felt the truth and power of the Gospel for myself, and I have been personally converted unto Christ. He is my Savior! I know that through Jesus Christ and His Atonement (his death, suffering, and resurrection for us), all that is unfair in life can be made right. I love the Gospel with all my heart, and I feel SO happy when I live it! I think one of the keys to conversion is to develop a personal relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We all sin and are imperfect, but through God, we can do all things! "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13)

How I live my faith

I consider myself highly involved in the church. I love associating with good people and being strengthened by the testimonies and knowledge of others. I have had many callings in the church such as the Pianist for Sacrament Meeting, Sunday School Teacher, Missionary, Activities Committee, etc. My favorite callings are playing piano (love it!), and teaching. If I am not working or studying, you'll find me highly involved in Gospel activities. These include attending weekly religion classes (institute), attending a young single adult choir, teaching new members of the church, teaching with the missionaries, or helping to strengthen those around me.