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Hi I'm Anne

I grew up in Las Vegas, NV. I enjoy scuba diving, photography, tennis, and especially my 10 grandchildren! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I consider myself to be a very active grandmother of 10. I am a certified scuba diver, an intermediate tennis player, a mediocre skier, and a hiker when family or friends want me to go with them. I learned golf in my youth, and I am working to recapture some kind of a game after years of neglect! I also love to travel and read, especially non-fiction. Because of our interest in diving, my husband and I have traveled to dive sites all around the world, including Borneo, Indonesia, Fiji, Tahiti, and the Galapagos. I graduated from the University of Utah where I received a degree in Business, English, and education. I taught high school for a few years before my husband and I had 5 children. While at the U of U, I was a student officer and a song leader (a cheerleader who dances to music). Later, after my children were almost raised, I became a different kind of cheerleader for the University of Utah when I worked in development and major gifts helping to raise money for the university. I taught aerobic dance for 11 years, and I still walk or run on a regular basis to try and stay fit. After serving a three-year mission with my husband, who was a mission president in Canada, I returned to work as a development director for an international humanitarian organization that provided small loans to poor women in developing countries. These days, I am retired but very busy with grandchildren, my aging parents, church work, and some travel. Life is good!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because living the beliefs and teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints brings me happiness and peace every day of my life. In an often frightening world my beliefs are a refuge and comfort to me, especially in times of challenge and distress. I can't imagine trying to make sense of life without the gospel of Jesus Christ. Coke Newell, a convert to the Church and author of Latter Days says, "We teach a concept of salvation generous enough to find a place for Jews and Gentiles, babies and Buddhists, sinners and saints, preachers and practicers. We remind burdened, abandoned, disconsolate humans of who they are, where they've been, and where they can possibly go. And then we explain it in an entirely new light, a light that goes all the way back . . . We tell them God is really alive, that we are his children, that he loves us and wants us back. And then we back off and leave it up to the person to determine how badly he or she wants to know if what we've said is true. " I have a firm testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and my belief rests on the first vision of Joseph Smith and his translation of the plates. Joseph Smith could not have written this book on his own. It was only through the power of God that these plates, written by ancient prophets, were translated by Joseph. Anyone who studies, ponders, and prays about this inspired book will come to their own belief through the power of the Holy Ghost. (Moroni 10:3-4) We are all entitled to personal revelation, and by the power of the Holy Ghost I have received a witness that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that the Book of Mormon is true. The original gospel of Jesus Christ, which was lost, has been restored to the earth in our day through the Prophet Joseph Smith; and I know this to be true with all my heart. Eternal Life with Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ is my greatest desire, and I know this is their greatest desire for me and for YOU.

How I live my faith

Having grown up in Las Vegas, Nevada, my friends have always been diverse in their beliefs and backgrounds. I really enjoy being around people of many different faiths and beliefs. My husband and I currently serve on the Salt Lake Public Affairs Council, and we love interacting with the Interfaith community here in Salt Lake City. I am also a member of the Jewish/Mormon Dialogue group that meets once a month. I have always enjoyed teaching, and I occasionally have an opportunity to substitute teach a class in my ward. I try to reach out to those not of my own faith, and I hope my friends of other faiths feel comfortable sharing their beliefs and feelings with me. We are all children of a Father in Heaven who loves us. My greatest desire is to try and follow Jesus Christ by treating others with kindness, love, and understanding.