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Hi I'm Diane

I have lived in Utah, Finland, Norway, and Colorado. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, and a happy Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I have been married 47 years, have 5 wonderful children and 20 exceptional grandchildren. All four of my boys and my husband are Eagle Scouts. Now my grandsons are working on this achievement. For many years I volunteered in the public schools and participated as a member and an officer of the Parent Teacher Associations so I could help my children and their teachers. I believe that education is very important and I am proud that all my children are college graduates (some with multiple degrees). They did this by saving, earning scholarships, and working hard. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics with a Minor in Accounting. I have worked as an Accountant, a supervisor, a High School Mathematics teacher, a ballet teacher, a tax return preparer, and as an IRS Enrolled Agent. My parents owned a farm when I was born. Later, we moved to the city, and since my father bought properties in rural areas and built houses, he sometimes kept a couple of cows and some chickens on the empty properties. They also had vegetable gardens wherever we lived. Every summer, our "vacation" was going back to the farm and helping the new owners harvest their honey, fix their fences, and many other chores. One summer when my Dad was fixing the water well in a far corner of the farm property, he let us "help" by putting my sister (3) and me (5) on a horse's bare back. That horse accepted no direction. He went where he wanted to go all morning.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because: I love God and Jesus Christ. I believe that Joseph Smith prayed to God to find out which church he should join. I believe he actually saw and heard God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ. I believe Joseph was told that he was chosen by God and Christ to re-establish the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth. They called him to be a Prophet in these latter days. The resurrected John the Baptist and Peter, James and John visited Joseph, laid their hands on his head, and gave him the Priesthood (the authority to act for God). I believe that Christ continued to reveal His will to Joseph Smith. I believe both the Bible and the Book af Mormon were written by Prophets and Apostles; the Bible by those in the Eastern Hemisphere, and the Book of Mormon by those in the Western Hemisphere. I believe that God still calls Prophets as He did in ancient times. Under His authority they continue to reveal His will to the world. I believe the current Prophet is Thomas S. Monson. I know these things because of scripture study, answers to my prayers, service to others, and special spiritual experiences.

How I live my faith

My parents had strong testimonies of Christ and His Gospel and always taught me that we should never say no to a calling from God. So when they received a call to take their young family and go build church buildings in Europe and Scandinavia, my Dad left his brother in charge of his business, arranged for someone to live in his house, and took us all to the European Building Area in Holland to find out where he would be assigned. Because he could speak Swedish, and because Swedish is the 2nd Official Language of Finland, we all went to Helsinki, Finland. My siblings and I enrolled in the local Finnish speaking schools. We only knew a few Finnish words, but the class we were assigned to had studied some English. So our classmates helped us learn Finnish and we helped them practice their English. The next summer, following our parents' example, my younger sister (16) and I (19), accepted callings to be full-time proselyting missionaries, even though we were younger than most other missionaries. We served in Finland for 18 months. Then we joined the rest of our family in Bergen, Norway, where my father was building another church building. Since that time, I married, graduated from college, had a family, and have served God in many callings. I have been a teacher and/or leader in the children's, youth, and women's organizations. I have also been an adult Sunday School teacher, Cub Scout leader, song director, choir member, Service Missionary to Asian Refugees, and a Visiting Teacher. (A Visiting Teacher is a special friend and helper to several ladies in the congregation.) I also do service in the community: prepare and donate food for a homeless shelter, make baby clothes and baby blankets for needy newborns in the hospital, and participate in neighborhood "clean up" activities. My husband and I will soon begin a full-time serice mission helping military members and their families.