Hi I'm Ana
I am so fortunate to love my job. I serve as the Director of Online and Social Media for a publishing company. I also get to teach crafting classes around the country and through online workshops. I get to work from my home office and still support my three daughters. My greatest job however, is as a single mom. We have our challenges, but our home is full of love and laughter. I am a self proclaimed geek girl who loves all kinds gadgetry. I am an avid blogger and can often be found online till the wee hours of the night. My hobbies include just about anything crafty, from sewing, to digital arts, scrapbooking, painting, and more. A former professional chef, we love to cook. Food is a big part of my culture being a Filipino American, and it is a big part of every celebration.
Why I am a Mormon
My mother joined the church when I was just a child. My own true conversion however, came much later. Like most young adults, I left home shortly after high school to find a life of my own. During that time, I did not consider myself an active mormon. After almost 10 years of searching for happiness, it hit me. I fell to my knees, something I had not done for so long and prayed. At that moment I knew where happiness truly was. I love the Savior with all my heart and soul. The gospel has been a rock and a source of guidance and light for me. As a single mother with tween girls, the world can often be a scary place. I am so grateful that the Savior has provided guidance and comfort. I love this church and all the blessing we feel each day because of our membership in it. I know, and my sweet daughters know, that by following what we know to be true... we can have happiness now and through the eternity. And I can truly say, that no matter what circumstance or adversity life throws at me, I am truly and deeply happy.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
The church teaches respect, love, and the importance of each member of the family. We are also taught to have an eternal perspective on life. And that helps us to be closer as a family, to show love, and to not sweat the small stuff.
How has attending Church services helped you?
Going to church is such an important part of my life, and the life of my daughters. Sundays service is a day of learning and worship. I truly feel edified each week, like I have been armed with the spiritual and emotional armour I need to fave the week. We also have lots of activites that strengthen us as a ward unit. Going to them reminds me that I not only belong to a congregation, but to an extended family. A family that is there to share in the good timees, and are there for the challenging times.
How I live my faith
As a single mom, I am sometimes asked if I feel like I don't belong because of the emphasis on the traditional family. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am not only accepted, but loved by those in my ward and community. I have been called as an Activity Day leader working with the 8 & 9 year old girls in our ward. It is my responsibility to prepare activities that are enriching, fun, and inline with their growth as future women in the church. I love that as a woman, we are regarded with such respect, and so highly in the church. And it is my hope that with the various activites we do, that these young girls will someday know they are very special women.