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Hi I'm Diana

I am a free spirit from the Southwest. I can eat chips, salsa, and guacamole for every meal. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am in my late 20's and dance to the beat of my own drum. I never wear watching socks, I often eat breakfast in my car, and I sincerely believe that overalls will make a comeback. I grew up in Arizona in the middle of eight kids which is probably why I'm obsessed with the sunshine and revel being in group settings. I'm a huge sucker for reality TV, candy and donuts, and being outside whenever I can. If I could travel and go to school for the rest of my life I would die happy and hopefully I'd be wearing overalls in the process.

Why I am a Mormon

To answer the question of why I am a Mormon I first need to establish why I am religious. I believe people can absolutely live good fulfilling lives without the belief in some sort of Deity. I however find that I need something or really someone more than myself to rely upon. While I am not that old I have had many experiences or been in situations where I can't solve, resolve, or fix an issue alone. Dire circumstances have in desperation forced me to my knees to ask for some sort of miracle. Life can be lonely, hard, and confusing at times, and I relish the fact that I am able to look to my God and religious beliefs for comfort and answers that I just can't provide on my own. It is nice to have hope and faith in something greater than myself. In terms of Mormonism, I was born to very active Mormon parents and therefore grew up in an extremely pious home, never really questioning what I was taught. That being said, one of the teachings that I appreciate most about this church is that the leaders advocate gaining an individual testimony and not relying upon others. Once I left for college I was tired of blindly going through the motions of being a member and started really challenging myself and questioning why I was sticking with it. There was never one grand experience but a series of sweet memorable moments that spoke to my soul, as cheesy as that sounds. I believe that many religions have truth to them but The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has what we refer to as the fullness of truth. I love the comprehensive perspective I have because of the doctrines that are taught like I am a child of God who knows me, marriages and families are eternal and do not end with death, we are saved by grace but we must also qualify ourselves through our works, faith, hope, and charity and a whole slew of principles that make me a better person by giving me more substance and insight on what truly matters in life.

How I live my faith

One of the best experiences of my life occurred while in Israel. I left for four months to a foreign country without knowing anyone prior to leaving. It was extremely daunting and even though I'm a naturally gregarious person I was worried about making friends with so many strangers. It only took a few weeks for my concerns to disappear and be overwhelmed by feelings of love for everyone there. I had never had such an experience where I felt so united and so happy with a group of people. We worked together, we studied together, we ate, played, and explored the Holy Land together. It was such an incredible opportunity and at times I felt that I was in heaven. I believe this feeling has carried with me and become my "life philosophy." I think too often people believe that a heavenly life is one that will be obtained after death. Yes, we might not be in God's presence currently, but we certainly do not have to wait until the afterlife to build a type of heaven here on earth. I love creating fun, accepting and uplifting atmospheres wherever I am. I maintain that no matter a person's belief whether it be in a Christian God, Allah, the Buddah, agnosticism or atheism, all people can work together to build a better home, neighborhood, and community and hopefully a more enjoyable life for themselves and for others. This church strongly pushes the idea of fellowshipping and it is not just within our own congregations. Some things include caring for the sick, providing meals for those in need, surprising families with presents at Christmas time, donating money for welfare purposes, attending service projects, giving rides, or even something as simple as say hi to a new neighbor. I do not just put on the cloak of Mormon membership on Sunday. This is an all day everyday pursuit and that is how I believe I live my faith.