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Hi I'm Skylar Diane

About Me

I am a stay-at-home mother of four, but I rarely stay at home. My oldest son is serving an LDS mission in Russia. My next child is about to graduate high school and planning on serving in the Navy. I am a soccer mom, a swim team mom, a football mom, and a track mom. Though I often second guess my parenting efforts, I never get tired of working on this eternal project. I have many hobbies including quilting, reading, lifting weights, and eating out. I cook the majority of meals we eat at home. My favorite kind of cooking is baking. I enjoy taking cooking classes. I have always enjoyed being outside. I enjoy hiking, skiing and boating. I am amazed my the creativity of Heavenly Father. For me, it can be a deeply spiritual experience to spend time in the outdoors. I have been employed as a special education teacher. Currently, I volunteer at a private, special education preschool. I also serve as a nursery teacher in my congregation. Nothing is more interesting to me than watching a child develop language. I have been married for over 20 years. I met my husband in college, and we married in our twenties. I find deep satisfaction is watching my husband serve in church and our family. He really has become the man I dreamed of. One of the great challenges in my life has been knowing how to live with the people in my family who have substance addictions. I struggle to balance my need for connection and safety. I seek Gods guidance in these relationships.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I felt loved and shepherded in the Church as a child. I saw the happiness that church attendance gave my mother. I saw my dad become a better man with a softer heart as he became more involved in church and found opportunities to serve. I received dedicated care and instruction as a child in church. I remember the evidence of work and planning in the lessons I received. I was taught, and believed that I was God's daughter. I felt His love in the service and instruction I received. As a teenager, I came to respect the work and lifestyle of many families in my congregation. I felt tender, sweet emotions when adults I knew stood and expressed their belief in God. I could see evidence of their belief in the way they lived. I saw joy and happiness resulting from living Mormon standards. When I practiced living these standards, I felt clean and strong. I knew I belonged to a movement that had power to change lives and heal people. I witnessed the effectiveness of prayer. Miracles occurred. I believed that I could work in partnership with God. I wanted to stay connected to that stream of faith and tethered to the life-line of the gospel of Jesus Christ. My experiences have confirmed to me the correctness of my decision to align myself with the LDS church. Those experiences occurred after prayer, fasting, and study. I have read the Book of Mormon repeatedly. I read it, because I know it is true! While reading the Book of Mormon, I have received that emotional strength to endure several crisis and the inspiration to protect my family. I am a Mormon, because I believe God created me to have joy. I have had joy as a member of the LDS church. I feel a completeness of purpose when I participate in church activities and live Mormon standards. I feel a hope for my future and for my children when I consider the Plan of Salvation. As an adult member of the Church, I continue to feel loved and shepherded.

How I live my faith

The main way I live my faith is through motherhood. All day, everyday, I serve and teach my children. I believe that motherhood is a partnership with God. In motherhood, I have the greatest opportunity to develop Christlike characteristics. Motherhood is a humbling experience. I believe humility and compassion are traits necessary to come unto Christ. Everyday, my children invite me to become more humble, more patient, and more compassionate. Motherhood is the experience for which I am most grateful to my God. I know that He has changed my heart to a mother's heart. I am grateful to His call to motherhood. I have created more opportunities to live my faith outside of my home. I host a book group; We discuss uplifting material. I've met and served with wonderful people while volunteering in various ways. Listening to people is a way that I live my faith. I live my faith by developing my talents and creating beauty. I garden, quilt, and loom knit. Quilting and knitting offer me other opportunities to live my faith as I donate hats to charities. I give quilts to people when I feel God calling me to do so. I believe my body is a gift from God, created in His image. I take care of my body by lifting weights and doing other exercise. I love walking and hiking and swimming. I keep myself clean and neat. I don't have tattoos or extra piercings. I serve my church community as I live my faith. I have had many opportunities through the years to teach children and adults. My favorite way to serve is with children in the Sunday nursery. One final way I live my faith is to actively participate in civics. I love my country. I am a member of an organization the supports patriotism and civic service. This organization also supports family history work and encourages good citizenship in children. It reaches out to the soldiers serving my country and to the children of native Americans.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Skylar Diane
The Mormon Church is Christ's church. It is the church He established during His earthly ministry. Through Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ reorganized His church in Latter-days. Jesus stands at the head of the church and directs its affairs. Show more Show less

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

Skylar Diane
We call each other "brother" and "sister", because we believe that all humans are literal children of Heavenly Father. American Mormons may have Christmas trees and Easter egg hunts. We dress-up on Halloween. We also celebrate American Thanksgiving. Our life is joyful. We seek out opportunities to celebrate our blessings and our family ties. When a member of the congregation is sick or struggling in some way, our congregations meet their needs through physical service and support. We throw baby showers and make meals for funerals. Men wear white shirts and ties to church. They keep their hair cut neatly, and stay clean shaved. Women generally wear dresses to church. Females wear one piece swimsuits and shorts and skirts below our knees. Our shoulders should be covered. We can wear pants. LDS women and girls wear only one set of earrings, if our ears are pierced. All members avoid getting tattoos. We often produce plays and dance festivals. We enjoy wholesome music of all genres. Dancing is part of our culture. Many Mormons play musical instruments, and have opportunities to share our talents at church activities.   Mormons keep a supply of food for emergencies. In some parts of America, we meet to work on farms to produce food for these in need. We have canaries for preserving food for future distribution. We produce many other materials to be distributed to those in need. Many of us have vegetable gardens. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Skylar Diane
Your Heavenly Father will tell you through the Holy Ghost. If you study His word, fast, and pray, He will confirm the truth of the church to you. It will come to you as a feeling of warmth or light. You may feel peace or clarity of thought as you consider the gospel principles. As you live the gospel standards, you will see good fruit growing from you labors. This will also confirm to you the truth of the Mormon church.  Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Skylar Diane
When ever I go to an aquarium, watch a TV show about the oceans, or spend time near the water, I marvel at the diversity and specialty of each creature. I notice the order and perfectness of the structure of environments under the sea. I see that each animal has a job to fulfill, a food to consume, and surrounding creatures to support. Without one of these animals, an environment might collapse. To me, only an omnipotent creator could envision the boundlessly diverse needs and dependencies required to support life in the oceans. And not only does God create a serviceable environment, He creates a beautiful environment. Unimaginably varied and complex. To me, the ocean creatures are evidence of an active, compassionate, powerful, purposeful God who loves not only his human creations but even the smallest plankton. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Skylar Diane
Daily study of the scriptures allows me to put modern history in perspective. It allows me to see God's will unfolding before me. I come to know that God keeps all the promises he makes. He provides for His creations. There is a straight, clearly marked path to happiness and peace. When I read the scriptures, fear fades and courage flourishes. My spirit is energized and fueled for the daily work of service and obedience. I learn that Heavenly Father stands with his arms outstretched to me, waiting for me to turn to his embrace. I see that He cannot ask from me more than I can give, and that He strengthens me to give more than could be possible without him. Through daily scripture study, life becomes a miracle rather than a burden. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Skylar Diane
Mormon temples are places of instruction, meditation, peace, and service. Here, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints learn how they can progress, through the atonement of Jesus Christ, to become full heirs of all Heavenly Father desires to give his children. We make sacred covenants with God which, when kept, empower us to overcome the temptations and discouragement of mortality. We learn that God's plan for His children is for men and women to be bound together in marriage throughout eternity. We commit to keep His commandments for chastity and fidelity in the marriage relationship. As we are informed in the temple ceremony of God's love for us, we learn how to better love those around us. We become willing to sacrifice for and serve all mankind. We learn to love the light that can fill our lives if we follow our Savior. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Skylar Diane
When Jesus Christ was baptized he went to a prophet who had been prepared by Heavenly Father and set apart for the priesthood work of performing the ordinance of baptism. He knew his baptism would only be valid if performed by one with authority from God. Christ set the example. Through Him we know that baptism must be performed by one with priesthood authority. Show more Show less