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Hi I'm Dianne A Graham

I grew up on a farm in Iowa and joined the LDS church in college. We lived in Alaska for 40+ years. I am a Mormon.

About Me

As a couple we are serving a Church Service Mission in Iowa with Facilities Management. We are also caregivers for my 103 yr. old mother. We are the grandparents of 18 grandchildren with all living west of the Rocky Mountains. Our 7 children were all born in Alaska. Only one lives there now. We went to Alaska in '69 as teachers.

Why I am a Mormon

Missionaries came to the college I attended in Iowa. I listened to their message our of curiosity. Their message was like light coming into my life. I learned that Jesus Christ suffered for me specifically. If I were the only sinner in the world he still would have suffered as he did so I could repent and be redeemed. The message created turmoil in my life as I had many habits to change. Our of desperation to know what to do I prayed with all sincerity to know if the church was true. The Spirit testified to me that the church was true. I was baptized. I also became inactive very soon after baptism returning to my old ways. However upon becoming a mother and at some point realizing that I wanted to raise my son in the way of truth I had to return to where truth was. In that process with another very sincere prayer I quit smoking and began living what I knew to be true and attending meetings. My husband joined the church after five years of observing my consistent efforts to live the gospel. He has been the leader in daily family prayer. Someone ask once how did you stay married so long. We said we went to church together. That is a great strength for helping our children be active.

How I live my faith

We are serving a Church Service Mission in Iowa with Facilities Management. We also have callings in our Branch with the children and youth of our congregation. As converts we consider our branch members as family and strive to support the activities of the branch. We especially appreciated our branch family while living in bush Alaska since we were far from our parents and siblings. It is a comfort to have a "family" feeling with members throughout the world, sharing our common beliefs. We support groups in our society that are compatible with our LDS standards and try to influence for religious freedom and moral values.