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Hi I'm Diane

I grew up in Provo, Utah. I'm an editor and a writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated from Brigham Young University in linguistics with emphases in editing and Japanese. I took a semester off college to go teach English in Guangdong province, China, and I've itched to go abroad again ever since. I like Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and much, much else that is nerdy and delightful. In my free time I like to go jogging, sew costumes, write stories, and do random historical research on Wikipedia.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of this church, and I've always been active. Still, I think everyone who grows up in the church has a point in their life where they need to decide whether their belief is really their own or just their parents. I think belief, in many ways, is a decision that we can make. We hear so much conflicting information in our lives, and we always have to choose which things to believe and which ones not to. I chose to believe in the gospel. I saw that it made me a better person. I saw that it helped me to be happier. I saw that it helped other people be happier. I chose to see the feelings and experiences that I have had in the gospel as the hand of God in my life rather than dismissing them as merely tricks of psychology, and I can't express how much this decision has blessed my life. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, and I love the gospel, and I wish everyone in the world could feel the things that I have felt.

How I live my faith

Right now, I'm serving as a full-time missionary in Taipei, Taiwan. I love teaching the Taiwanese people and helping them to feel the same joy that I've felt in following the teachings of the gospel. Chinese is hard, but I know that the Lord will help me learn and be able to share my experiences and understand their feelings in turn.