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Hi I'm Annie

I'm a mom, a wife, and a lover of beautiful things.

About Me

My husband and I have been married for five years, and we are the parents of two sweet boys. In school I studied English education and editing. I love to read, play games, and spend time with my family. I hate doing the dishes. I have been a Mormon all of my life. I have a testimony of the divinity of Christ, and I continue to find new ways to learn about, study, and personally apply His gospel teachings.

Why I am a Mormon

My greatest joys in life come from the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the eternal blessings of the family. My faith helps me focus on these priorities, bringing me nearer to God and to others. First, Mormonism gives me hope in the future by helping me understand my full potential, be a better person, overcome my weaknesses, and draw nearer to Christ. The greater understanding I have gained of Christ's Atonement through my faith has brought me hope and comfort, and continually pushes me to be a better person. Second, the gospel plan is centered on the eternal family unit as a divine institution, and I deeply love my family. As I have learned to cherish and serve my family members, I have grown nearer to the Savior by following His example of serving and loving others. On a larger scale, we believe that all mankind are children of God, and are therefore spiritual brothers and sisters. Our faith encourages service to others at home, at church, and in the community/world, and I have been enriched as I have learned to serve my fellow man. Building these relationships and serving others brings me the greatest fulfillment in my life.

How I live my faith

I try to live a good, honest life, focused on things that are really important: God and people. I like to help others realize their worth as children of God and help them reach their full potential. I studied English education because I love the subject, but also because I wanted to enable others to communicate effectively and contribute in worthwhile ways to the world around them. Whether I am in an academic classroom, editing someone's work, or teaching classes at Church, I strive to help others realize their full potential, develop their talents, and contribute to their surroundings. I also use my editing skills to volunteer as an editor for an online magazine that features Mormon artists. My favorite part about this work is meeting and telling the stories of Mormons who incorporate their faith into their creative work. To view this free online magazine, visit http//mormonartist.org Perhaps the most important way I choose to live my faith takes place in my own home. Family is central to the gospel plan, and I spend most of my time serving members of my family. Meeting the needs of two small children is a lot of work! They keep me busy, but they also bring me so much joy. I also support my husband in his job, maintain ties with family across the country, and strive to strengthen my relationship with God through daily prayer and scripture study. These are the most important activities that I am involved with, and they are anchored in my faith.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Annie
Mormons may serve missions formally or informally. There are many different types of formal missionary experiences available, but the most well known are these: 2 years of service for men, 18 months of service for women, 18 months of service for couples. While formal missions are considered a commandment for young men, they are optional for women and couples. While not every Latter-day Saint (Mormon) will serve a formal mission for the Church, every member is expected to always be a missionary in an informal sense, by sharing what they know and believe with others. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Annie
Absolutely! In fact, that was one of the most exciting parts about getting married for me: I get to be with the love of my life FOREVER! This fulfills one of the deepest desires of my heart. I just love that man too much to ever lose him! I know that if we live according to God's commandments, we can be with our spouses and family members forever. Life's strongest relationships and most fervent demonstrations of love exist within the family. Since God is a God of love, it makes sense that He would establish a social unit where true love can be learned, felt, and perpetuated. While we can learn to love in many circumstances, the family is the fundamental unit God uses to accomplish this purpose. We believe that we are not just individuals independently sent to earth, but that we each function within a divine family unit. God, Himself, is our Father and we are His children. Humanity is composed of spiritual brothers and sisters. Our families on earth are mini replicas of our divine family. The family is not just an earthly social invention---it is actually an eternal, heavenly institution. Consequently, we can be together forever. Show more Show less