What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Annajean

I'm from the beautiful Pacific Northwest in the USA. I am a wife, a daughter, and a horticulturist. I am also a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised mostly in the Pacific Northwest. I attended College in Idaho and studied Horticulture. I am a wife and a daughter and will soon be an aunt. I would love to be a mother one day. I have many interests. I love to read, dance, sing, write poetry, and of course garden. I am working at improving my piano-playing skills. I am also trying to learn to play the guitar and to quilt when I have the time. I speak English, Spanish, and a little bit of French. There are many things I want to learn and do but my life is busy and I have a nice sized "bucket-list." I try to remember that there are seasons of life and just because I can't do everything now doesn't mean that I won't be able to some day.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my parents weren't always active in church. My mother would teach me as a little girl about God and Jesus but as I grew older she drifted away from church activity. My dad and I would sometimes go to church without her but when he switched to a night shift work schedule going to church on Sunday became increasingly difficult. At that time I felt an immense hunger to know God and to better understand who I was as His daughter. I found ways to get to church without my parents. I read and studied the scriptures with a thirst for truth. I had always felt that the things I had been taught were true but I needed to know for sure. I learned that in order to know the truth I needed to ask God. I read the entire Book of Mormon and when I finished I asked God in the name of Jesus Christ if the things I had read were true. I felt a deep assurance that the things I had been taught were indeed true. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, and the Bible does contain the word of God. I knew then, undeniably, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's church on the earth. I know that if we hold to the word of God then we will not go astray and we will be lead safely through the tests and trials of life. My parents did return to church later on. I married my husband in the temple for time and all eternity. I am so grateful for the gospel in my life and for the precious gift of the atonement of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

When my husband and I married starting a family was something very important to both of us. Unfortunately we have not been able to due to infertility and a lack of finances to put toward fertility treatments or adoption. The subsequent years were very difficult for me as I struggled to understand why I was put in this situation. I shed many tears over the next few years but held on to the knowledge that God had a plan for me even if I couldn't understand it at the time. One of my favorite chapters of scripture became Romans 8 especially verses 35 and 37 which read "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" (I added 'infertility' to this list of things)..."Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerers through him that loved us." In 2012 my husband approached me about the possibility of becoming foster parents. Since then we have had three beautiful, amazing, and wonderful children in our home and while fostering can be very difficult it has blessed my life in so many ways. I still don't know what the future holds but I do know that God has a plan for my life and I want to be an instrument in His hands. I currently serve as the President of our children's organization at church. This is such a blessing to me and I thank my Heavenly Father for providing me with opportunities to bless and serve the children around me even though I can't have children of my own.