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Hi I'm Diane

I live in California. I love being an RN and mother of 6. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

At fifteen I dreamed of becoming a nurse and by age twenty I received my RN degree. It may seem odd, but caring for sick people brings me alot of joy. My life has been full, but not without difficulties. When I was 31 my husband suddenly collapsed and died. I was left alone with a young family of girls. I currently work full-time as a nurse, but in my spare time I like to stay physically active, play the piano and decorate or redecorate my home.

Why I am a Mormon

My Swedish and Danish great grandparents became Mormons in their homeland and migrated to America to join with others of their faith. Even though I was born a Mormon, I felt the desire at fifteen to read and study the Bible and Book of Mormon for myself to decide if being a Mormon was right for me. I spent one summer in St. Louis, Missouri reading the Old Testament, New Testament and Book of Mormon. At the end of the Book of Mormon a man named Moroni tells readers how to find out if the book is true. I followed his advice, got down on my knees and began to pray. That night as I began to pray the bright glow from a full moon suddenly came through my window on me and I felt a warm wonderful feeling inside. The feeling I had was a feeling of love from God and I had the impression that to be a Mormon was simply to love others. I knew then that the counsel Moroni gave the me was real and at that moment I knew that the message of the Book of Mormon was true. I felt a deep love inside for my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and I knew that I wanted to be a Mormon for the rest of my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by participating in community activities like making quilts for hospitals, stuffed animals for needy children and providing breakfast to the homeless. I visit two women from church every month in their homes to see how they're doing, leave them a spiritual thought and see if they need my help. This year I helped organize a Health Fair to teach others about nutrition, exercise and getting regular doctor checkups. I play the organ each Sunday, play the piano for gospel musical groups and teach a Sunday lesson to women once a month.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Mormon women dress up for church out of respect for our house of worship and church services, but most women wear outfits that that fit her own personal style. I like to wear skirts, blouses and dresses that make me feel comfortable, but look cute. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women have the same thoughts and feeling as women thoughout the world. We like to spend time with our loved ones, care for our children, work hard and have fun. Our lives have struggles, challenges and disappointments just like everyone else. Mormon women are completely equal to men. In fact, our Prophet and other church leaders often tell us how much they love and appreciate us. Mormon women, like all women of faith, seek to live spiritual truths and obey religious values from God as we magnify our role as women. We believe that we also have equal responsibility with men to make the world a better place as we share these values with our families and others. Show more Show less