Hi I'm Ann
I am a member of the Osage Native American Indian tribe and we have three beautiful kids. My husband is a member of the Navajo tribe. We have one girl and two boys. Both of our traditions emphasize family and togetherness. We also dance in "pow wows" which are Native American dance gatherings. I work as a mental health counselor as well as own our own business.
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised Catholic, educated in Lutheran schools, was taught Astrology by family members, and grew up in a Eastern Orthodox / Muslim neighborhood. Having came from that diverse background, I always wondered what church was true. What initially attracted me to the Church was the fact that as long as I kept the commandments, I would have the Holy Spirit with me. Imagine having guidance from the Holy Spirit anytime you need it. How cool is that?
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
The whole purpose of temples and family history work is to enable families to be together for eternity. So many people have lived and died without the opportunity to hear and accept the Gospel. Doesn't Heavenly Father love them too? Of course He does! We believe that in the next life, those people are getting a second chance. With that second chance, someone living has to be baptized for them. Hence we do family history work to find the names of those deceased family members to be baptized for them.
How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
After spending 20 years in the social services arena, I have seen a lot of injustice. Before reading the Book of Mormon, this injustice used to make me very angry and cynical about life. What I learned from reading the Book of Mormon is that everything in life must have it's opposite but good and bad. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the good will be rewarded, the bad will be punished, and the victims will be compensated.
How I live my faith
Aside from attending Church and going to the temple, I live my faith by compiling my family history. I'm an adoptee and I know both my adopted and biological families and my husband's family is HUGE. Needless to say, there is a lot of work to be done. After compiling the names, we take them to the nearby temple and do the work so we can all be together for eternity.