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Hi I'm Dione

I'm a divorced mother of 4 adult children, grandmother of 4 (so far), I'm an art therapist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as a Mormon here in NZ, with my 3 sisters, raised by 2 devoted parents. We moved around NZ a lot for my Dad's job. I love being creative and I love to travel. I have a masters degree in Arts Therapy and have visited 15 countries which is not nearly enough!! I was married to another Mormon when I was 20 but sadly our marriage only lasted 10 years. I have been divorced and single ever since. I have raised my 3 daughters and 1 son with the great help and support of my family and friends. Being divorced and single in the church can be hard sometimes, but I have always had great love and support from leaders and friends. We are all children of God and equally important in His eyes, no matter our gender, marital or parental status, age or profession.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born in the church and grew up in it, I have chosen to remain, and I choose to live it every day. I do so because I have seen too many miracles and had too many blessings to deny that there is a God who loves and knows me personally. I have prayed to Him many, many times and had my prayers answered through the words and actions of others, through scriptures that have stood out to me with specific relevant phrases and through the peace I have felt.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by praying every day, trying to study my scriptures every day and working hard to love everyone I meet as Jesus would love them. I'm not always good at that with strangers, and sometimes it's hard even with my family who I love (sometimes even harder). But I keep trying and I think I'm getting better as time goes by. I have contributed to my church communities in many ways in all the different places I have lived. From NZ to Australia to South Korea. I love to be a real friend to my 'sisters'. It's my favourite part of Sunday meetings - when i can talk and discuss gospel principals with the other women. We have so much in common no matter what age or stage we are in. We all struggle at times and we all do our best. Sharing our own experiences with honesty helps other realise that no one is perfect, that we're all working on it, together.