Hi I'm Annie
I have a wonderful husband and we've been blessed to be married for 30 years! We have 3 children, all who are married, and we have 4 grand-baby girls. My husband and I met in college in Atlanta, GA, where I majored in sociology and English, and he majored in business. After college, and prior to having our first child, I worked as a marketing and customer support representative in the computer industry. I have always loved working with people in a teaching & training capacity. We home-schooled our children, and all of them went to college. During the years of home-schooling our children, I had the opportunity to continue to pursue one of my favorite hobbies: dance and theater. I started a children's theater company, and we performed for several years at schools and other venues in the Atlanta area. We also had the opportunity to realize a dream we had since we were first married: we built our own home (with our own hands...and some power tools!) When our children were older teenagers, the company my husband worked for laid off all their technology and project management staff, and we found ourselves in a new situation we had not ever experienced: unemployment. We decided to start our own business: a packing and shipping and mail center store. All 3 of our children were married within a few years, and when their babies were born & all moved out of Atlanta, we decided to sell our business and move to South Carolina to be near some of our children & grandchildren.
Why I am a Mormon
When I was growing up, I was raised in a devout and loving Catholic family. I was taught to love God and to attend church on Sunday, and to live an honest and good life. I had a love of the Savior and always wanted to please Him. I knew I wanted to marry a good man, and raise a family when I grew up. I attended church and catechism faithfully. Periodically, I would have little questions that would enter my mind, but I would brush them off and try not to think about them. Questions like: If God made Adam & Eve and blessed them to raise a family, then why aren't Catholic priests married? If I want to be the best person God wants me to be, is becoming a nun the only way to truly be close to Him? What about all the people who were not baptized before or after Christ came? Will they be punished if they never even heard of Christ? Shortly after our college graduation, my boyfriend (who would become my husband) and I ran into the missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I told the missionaries that I would be " just listening out of general curiosity, " but they were welcome to teach us. The missionaries began to teach us about the Prophet Joseph Smith and the restoration of the gospel, The Book of Mormon, modern-day revelation and about the Church. Each time the missionaries taught us, and as I began to read The Book of Mormon along with my Bible, I began to feel that what they were saying was true. And at first I was scared. I hadn't been looking for anything to change in my life, and yet I knew that if this Church and The Book of Mormon were true, then things would change. After about 5 weeks of meeting with the missionaries, I knew I had to pray to get my answer. There was no denying the feeling in my heart and soul that what I was being taught was true, and I knew that Heavenly Father knew that I knew. My boyfriend and I were both baptized on the same day in 1980. Two years later we were married. I know the Church is true!
How I live my faith
One of the things I love about being a Mormon is that it is a happy way of life! And we get so many opportunities to be taught, to learn, to grow and to teach and serve others both in the Church as well as in the community. My love of teaching has been increased as I have had many opportunities to teach Sunday school classes for children as young as 18 months all the way up to 18 years of age. For many years, I have been able to teach teenaged young women. We have lessons on Sunday which help them (and me!) learn to live more Christlike lives on a daily basis. Then during the week, we have an activity evening--we learn to apply the gospel in our lives by doing things like cooking, playing sports and games, sewing, dancing or doing acts of service. While our children were growing up, I was blessed to use my experience in theater by directing several dance festivals and plays with youth and adults at our Church. And for 7 years, my husband & I were the monthly youth dance coordinators and the DJ for these dances. That was so fun! My husband was also a Boy Scout Scoutmaster for several years, and was able to participate in camping and other activities with our son, who received his Eagle Scout award. Each of us in the Church are given several families to visit monthly as part of our stewardship. I enjoy visiting and getting to know the other women and families. And I also have friends that come visit me as well. It's a great way to build our friendship and sense of community. Every year we participate in a day of service in our community. We have helped to build a softball field for handicapped children, landscaped at the local animal shelter, and participated in many food drives and disaster relief trips. Sometimes I have served, sometimes I've been served. Sometimes I teach, sometimes I am taught. All give me opportunities to try to become more like Jesus Christ.