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Hi I'm Diane

I am funny, kind and compassionate. I love to cook, read and listen to good music. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest daughter of five children (two sisters and two brothers). We were born and raised in Syracuse, New York. Four of the five of us grew up in a musically inclined family. Our mother was a piano major in college, and she taught us the basics of piano along with a little Music Theory. I also loved to sing, and I participated in school choirs from first grade until college; even taking voice lessons in high school. Although my parents were divorced when I was very young, they remained very good friends up to the day my father passed away very unexpectedly three days after I graduated from high school. I attended college in Pennsylvania for two semesters, but returned home to help take care of my maternal grandfather who was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. After divorcing my first husband in 1994, I moved to Texas. I have been happily married to my second husband since 2003.

Why I am a Mormon

Becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints several years ago was one of the best decisions I ever made. I thank my Heavenly Father every day for the Biblical foundation that I was taught while growing up. There was a long period of time where I was walking in darkness, and I was trying to find my way back to my relationship with God. I felt it for so long that there was so much missing with what I had been taught. After many prayers and reading the Book of Mormon, I began to receive a glimpse of the answers I was looking for in my life as a Christian.This gave me confirmation that I made the right decision to leave the only church I knew since I was born and become a member of the only church that has restored the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth.

How I live my faith

My older siblings and I were raised by our mother and maternal grandparents. We were all active members of a different church for many years. Currently, I am the only member of my immediate family who is a Mormon. I have always had a strong faith in our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ, even accepting Him as my personal Lord and Savior. My belief is one that is quite personal, and I am still learning how to open up about these things. I have always believed in trying to live as Christ would want me to live; i.e. showing compassion and kindness to others, and being a good friend.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Diane
As I grew up knowing that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, so shall we treat it as such. We all know that living a healthy life is a good thing for all of God's children. Part of that is eating a healthy diet. In 1833, God gave Joseph Smith a law of health, which is also known as the Word of Wisdom (see Doctrine and Covenants 89:1-21). God has spoken against the use of Tobacco, alcohol, coffee, tea, and illegal drugs. He promises us great spiritual and physical blessings to those who follow the Word of Wisdom. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Diane
Yes, of course, visitors are always welcome to join us on Sunday mornings. Our worship service is called sacrament meeting. We have small chapels where we worship and the meetings are a little more than an hour long. Like other denominations, we sing hymns, offer prayers, and partake of the sacrament (also known as The Lord's Supper, or communion). We also have two or three people speak on a variety of different scriptural teachings during the sacrament meeting. We have a variety of other Sunday School classes for all ages, starting with: Primary: Ages 3-11 yrs of age Sunday School: Starting with age 12 Young Women meetings for those ages 12 through 17 Relief Society meetings for women, ages 18 yrs and older Visitors are also welcome to attend other Sunday meetings that precede or follow sacrament meeting. Priesthood meetings provide age-oriented classes for males 12 yrs and older We also have a nursery available for young ones ages 18 months to 3 yrs. Show more Show less