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Hi I'm Diane

I grew up in the US Air Force and got to travel in Asia, India, and Europe. I became a Mormon when I was 32 years old.

About Me

I enjoy creating beaded jewelry, working with glass and semi-precious stones, which I sell. I write anything from science fiction to romance to my autobiography. I knit scarves using a hand loom. I live with my dog, Trisi, a chi-weenie (Chihuahua-dachshund mix), who gets me out (and away from my computer) several times a day for walks. I love to read, especially the scriptures. I grew up in a divorced family (NOT a broken home) where my mom had primary custody. My dad was in the Air Force and, after I moved in with him at thirteen years old, I had the blessing of living in other places and learning different cultures. At 23, I was diagnosed with stage III brain cancer. Prognosis was grim, but we found an experimental treatment (aka a clinical trial) that helped beat it. My mom raised me following the Catholic tradition (her parents were Roman Catholic) though we rarely went to mass. My dad had been raised Quaker and tried to teach me tolerance of all other faiths. Those lessons were driven home during the chemotherapy, when I received get well wishes from every major religion (including Muslim and Hindu) as well as many minor ones (e.g. Sikhs, Jains). I don't know whose prayers reached God so I assume they all did. I didn't join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints until I was 32 years old, but I have never regretted it.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion story is my most powerful testimony. I am prone to migraines and by the end of 2004 they had become so frequent (at least one a week) that my doctors and I were struggling to find a way to treat them. I don't have auras which would indicate a migraine coming on and there were no drugs at the time that could tackle one in full force. The migraines also tend to spontaneously go away, which will explain why what happened hit me so strong. On 26 Dec 2004, I came home from my aunt's house with a migraine so severe that just having my eyes closed was sheer agony. The missionaries had come to my door about five weeks before and as soon as they handed me the Book of Mormon I made a vow to study it morning and night. The migraine made that impossible. I cried more for breaking my covenant than because the pain. As I begged for forgiveness, a voice whispered, "Why don't you ask Him to take it away?" My first thought, "I don't deserve that, but I will ask Him to ease it enough that I can focus on one chapter." He took it away. Out of gratitude, I studied two chapters, knelt once more and thanked Him. Then He gave it back. Because of my migraines' tendencies to spontaneously remiss, its going away could have been coincidence. But its coming back told me that the Book of Mormon was true, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church, that Joseph Smith, Jr., was the first prophet of this dispensation, that we have a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, today. Because only God can so completely take away a near-unbearable pain then give it back as though it had never been gone. And I've only had three migraines since I was baptized. Whenever I question my faith, this experience always come back to my mind.

How I live my faith

I have always tried to live a Christ-centered life so not much has changed in how I live except now I do not drink tea or alcohol, neither of which I don't miss. I am active in my local ward and serve as a supervisor for several visiting teachers. This means I call them at the end of every month to see if they have visited the sisters they are assigned to visit. I also volunteer in the community at a thrift store operated by the county hospice services. I enjoy working with the people there.