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Hi I'm Diane

I'm a college student from Ohio.

About Me

My family is a huge part of my life. The knowledge of eternal families is a blessing of the church that I very much appreciate. I am the third of four children and although my siblings are located in various parts of the country we still manage to stay close. I have lived with Type 1 Diabetes since I was sixteen years old. My faith in the healing power of Jesus Christ helps to assure me that diseases such as diabetes are only a temporary part of mortal life and helps me to embrace my health as a temporary and unique part of who I am. I am a college student studying business writing with an emphasis in digital communications. I work as a receptionist in an ophthalmology practice. Though I have no personal musical talents I have a great love of music, particularly the classical crossover genres. In my free time I love to read, go on walks, spend time with family and friends, and play with my dog Brinkley.

Why I am a Mormon

Initially I became Mormon simply because it was the faith of my parents in which I was raised. However, my parents were excellent in ensuring that my faith was something personal for me and not merely carried on due to the demands of family tradition. Through scripture study, prayer and personal experiences with the Spirit, I have come to know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I know that Jesus is the Christ: my Lord and Savior. I know that my faith is my greatest source of happiness, which is why I have never left it. The Church has deeply blessed my life and I know that it can bless other lives as well.

How I live my faith

I've been very grateful to have the standards of The Church in my life. Some may find those standards restrictive but I have found that following Church given counsel lessens the uncertain "gray areas" of life and gives more direction and purpose. One guideline that I am particularly thankful for comes from a Church produced pamphlet entitled "For the Strength of Youth" which offers advice directed towards youth but is applicable to The Church as a whole. This guideline in referred to as "dressing modestly" and includes "avoid[ing] short shorts and short skirts, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and clothing that does not cover the shoulders..." Again, at first encounter this may seem restrictive, but for me dressing modestly has been a huge blessing. Particularly for me as a woman in a media world where body exposure is everything, I've been able to feel greater inner confidence in my understanding that my body is a gift from God and not an object to be overly exposed to conform to a fickle definition of beauty. The way I dress is not only one outward way I live my faith but also gives me inner peace in coming to understand that I am valued by my Heavenly Father even though I don't fit the world's definition of beauty.