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Hi I'm Diane Stirland Matthews

Grew up in Montana, married while in college, 6 children born in AZ, became National Mother of the Year 1998. I'm a Mormon..

About Me

While born in Utah, I lived most of my growing up years in Montana, participating in school activities and graduating Valedictorian of my high school class. I attended Brigham Young University on scholarship where I met my husband. We married when I had a year left of school, he had graduated, but stayed with me in Provo until I was ready to graduate, then we moved to Arizona were our first child was born three months later. Three more daughters and two sons were born to us. When our youngest was 3, I was suddenly widowed. Though I was trained as a Secondary School English Teacher I entered the business world to provide for our family. These were difficult years, but my children were strong individuals and were supportive of their mother and each other, each graduating from college and marrying in the temple. I felt sustained by serving in various callings in the LDS Church and also by being active in the schools and in other community efforts. Selection as AZ Mother of the Year, then National MOY was an unexpected blessing. In all I lived 53 years in that grand state of Arizona. Recently I sold our home on its acre and a quarter--no more irrigating and extensive yard work on that big piece of property--and moved to Utah so I could be closer to some of my 6 children and 21 grandchildren and also could be free to serve a mission for the Church. While a very difficult move, this seemed the appropriate thing to do at this time. I look forward to many happy years in Utah.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were members of the Mormon Church, was taught by example, and learned to love the gospel of Jesus Christ and activity in the Church as a child. When I was a young adult I felt perhaps it was necessary for me to acquire a more sure knowledge of what I had been living all my life. I prayed intently, asking for an experience that would make my beliefs more sure. As I prayed I seemed to hear a reprimanding voice which said something like this: 'Diane, you have known from the beginning that the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the Mormon Church is true. There is no need to 'try' me by asking for any sign or further manifestation of what you have always known. This knowledge has come to you at a very young age as a spiritual gift from God.' I never again questioned the burning within me that God lives, that Jesus Christ is His Son and my Savior, that the fullness of His Gospel has been restored to prophets in these latter days. As I have grown in experience and in years and faced challenges and difficulties, this knowledge given to me so young has expanded and matured. I have been blessed exceedingly with wondrous experiences that continue to increase my gratitude for the testimony that burns within me. Sharing this knowledge and testimony with others and particularly with my children has brought great joy. I know they will experience greatest happiness as they also learn then teach this gospel to their own children and to others. The gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the Mormon Church is indeed the great Plan of Happiness.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is a 24/7 responsibility. The commitments I have made at baptism and in an LDS Temple require that I measure carefully what I do each day in all areas an effort to follow Jesus Christ and his teachings. I have also been willing to give of my time in service to the Church and to my fellow man through accepting Church responsibilities. The Mormon Church provides lay leadership and I have made every effort to do my part serving in various church auxiliaries as teacher of youth and adults and also in executive leadership capacities. Each Sunday finds me in attendance at Church meetings for at least three hours. Regular temple attendance is also part of my worship activity. Service to my family is a priority. I married in a temple ceremony, then accepted the role of Motherhood as a divine calling from God; my primary focus has been the rearing of my children. When widowed I made decisions for myself with my children as a priority in what I did to provide for them financially. However their nurturing and growth in the gospel was paramount in the way I managed my time and our time as a family. Church, family and daily living are always interconnected. Presently I am serving a full time 18 month mission for the Church in its Family History Department in Salt Lake City.