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Hi I'm Dianne Nielsen

I am a mother, wife, daughter and sister. I work as a psychologist and I volunteer with cancer patients and families.

About Me

My husband and I are the parents of four sons. I work as a psychologist at a university counseling center for my professional life. I enjoy running, biking, hiking and reading in my hobby life. I like to eat chocolate, tell stories, sleep under the stars and read Jane Austen novels.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Mormon, by a mother who was a lifelong member, and by a father who joined the Mormon Church with a burning sense of the truth of eternal families. Since I had Mormon teachings around me all my life, I didn't have a single, transformative experience of conversion. Instead, I have learned, a little at a time, about the truth of different principles, and how they have blessed my life. I learned to love the Book of Mormon when I was a teenager, and I felt light and peace as I read. I have learned to love the book more as I continue to find answers and inspiration there. During one of the years when our teenage son was in treatment for leukemia, I listened to the Book of Mormon on my ipod at night, with a focused interest on issues of life and death. My gratitude and faith in that book continues to grow with experience and study, and the Book of Mormon continues to change my life. I believe the Mormon Church is led by a living prophet, an incredible blessing, and I have experienced the privilege of hearing prophecies, direction, instruction and guidance from God's representatives on the earth. I know I have been blessed when I follow.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by the way that I treat others. In my local congregation, I volunteer with 12 and 13 year old girls, and I hope to help them feel loved and valued. In my community, I volunteer with meals on wheels, taking lunches to people who are home bound. I also volunteer with one of the cancer organizations, as one of our sons suffered from leukemia for several years, and I feel great sympathy for others in this situation. Because I live and work with many members of my own faith, I don't have as many daily opportunities to share the gospel as when I have lived in other places. When I travel, I look for chances to talk with people who might be curious about religious issues. I bring a Book of Mormon with me, hoping to give it away if someone is interested. I put a note inside that says, "This book changed my life."