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Hi I'm Diane

I am from the far away island of Mauritius, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am from the little island of Mauritius where I grew up. I came to the U.S. to attend BYU and met my husband a year later - much sooner than I had planned! We dated long-distance, and were later married in Florida. We now have two awesome children. I am in love with nature, and I like to slow down to notice the beauty of this world and to contemplate. I cherish my quiet time! I also love photography, music and good books - autobiographies, and C.S. Lewis are among my favorites! I LOVE ethnic art and dishes - my kitchen is like doing a tour around the world - I am constantly trying out international dishes, and of course, everything has to have hot sauce or cilantro on the side! I grew up speaking French, English and Creole - the blessings of living in a big cultural melting pot, and also of having a mix of African, European, Chinese and Indian in my ancestry. I am still fluent in those three, and can understand spanish. I now use my language skills to help serve our country which is an honor for me!

Why I am a Mormon

Prior to being a Mormon, I was a catholic. My parents have strong catholic backgrounds and therefore they raised my siblings and me with the same beliefs. When I was about 8 years old, my parents who are both teachers, traveled to England for a certification program. While they were there, they were introduced to the LDS missionaries. Because my parents had always been brainwashed against the "Mormons" by various catholic priests, they were very guarded. Eventually, they softened up and were a little more willing to at least listen to them. That opened the door to miracles that started happening in our family. When my parents returned to the island, they were determined to locate their local congregation to find out more. They were baptized later on and started attending church regularly. As a little girl, I remember attending the "Mormon" church for the first time. I was in what they call the "primary class" where all the children meet while the parents are in Sunday school. I honestly don't recall in detail what my teachers taught me then, but one thing I can never ever forget is the distinct feeling that overpowered me as I listened to them. The best way for me to describe it, is to say that it felt like a light was being turned on inside of me - that the things they said were sinking in deeply and they felt good and they made perfect sense. I could have been sitting at the Savior's feet and I know that I wouldn't have felt any different. I had been attending catechism (catholic religion classes) at least three times a week prior to that because I was in a catholic elementary school, but never once had experienced what I felt in that primary class. I think that whether you're religious or not, your spirit or your conscience has an innate and remarkable capability to sense truth, or to sense when something is right. Now looking back as an adult, this is exactly what I felt as a little girl - I knew that what I was learning was true and I wanted to know more.

How I live my faith

I believe that if I have faith in something, then that faith needs to be a part of me - it determines how I think, what I think, what I do, what my goals are and how I treat others - not just a Sunday living the gospel. Therefore I live my faith by aligning who I am with what I believe. First, I always start and end my day with a prayer. Sometimes things happen that require me to pray much more often. I believe in the power of prayer, and I have seen miracles in my life through it. I couldn't imagine living my faith without praying to God. Second, I also believe that we are all children of God endowed with unique gifts and attributes, and so I seek for something good from each individual I meet. What I learn from them enriches my character and my perspective on life. I also believe that one of our purposes here in mortality is to learn and grow, and therefore I try to use my time wisely to find ways to develop emotionally, spiritually, secularly etc - I love to seek knowledge out of good books and I try to remain physically active and healthy. I also serve at church by teaching songs to the children - I help them learn about our Heavenly Father, His son Jesus-Christ, and the Holy Ghost. These songs teach us how to be obedient and how to lay a solid foundation of integrity in our lives. I was so nervous when I first started this assignment as I have zero musical skills other than a deep love for it; however, I can honestly say that I have seen the help of heaven at work as I saw these children's love for and knowledge of the songs catch on fire! It the most rewarding thing ever to see these young faces singing with their hearts out! There is no doubt in my mind that as we serve God by serving His children, He literally magnifies our abilities! My life is a living witness of God's power - I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that He has moved mountains on my behalf, has taken me to the impossible, comforted me, strengthened me and given me hope!

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Diane
We consider the Bible to be a core part of the word of God, and therefore, sacred. We believe that it is essential that we study it to know the Godhead, and to understand God's dealings with His children since the beginning of times, and what He has commanded us to do. The teachings in the Bible can help good men become better, and experience greater peace and happiness in this life. Attached is the Official Church Answer: Most of our scriptural writings have come through apostles and prophets. Through apostles and prophets, God has given His children sacred writings called scriptures. The scriptures can help you know God, His love for you, and His teachings. To the Christian world the most well-known collection of scriptures is the Holy Bible. In addition to the Bible, Latter-day Saints accept the following books as scripture: The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, a record of God’s dealings with the inhabitants of ancient America (2000 BC – 400 AD). The Doctrine and Covenants, a collection of revelations and inspired declarations given for the establishment and regulation of the Church of Jesus Christ in the last days (1830 AD – 1978 AD). The Pearl of Great Price, a selection of revelations, translations, and writings of Joseph Smith. Show more Show less