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Hi I'm Anne

I grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and became a Mormon at age 13

About Me

I got married in April 2009 at age 47 for the first time. I am a step-mom to a beautiful 12 year old girl. I've worked since I was 18 years old, mostly in office administration jobs. I'm currently not working and enjoying staying at home and taking care of my family. I do a little water colour painting. I'm a singer - not professionally but I've certainly performed in church settings many, many times. I love doing all the "homemaking" things. I bake my own bread and make my own laundry detergent. Actually, I make whatever I can feasibly make. My Mom tried to teach me to sew many years ago but I am just now starting to take it up - and enjoying that too. I love the beauty of our world and being out in it, summer or winter. I am Canadian after all!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, my father's grandfather joined the church in England in the early 1900. So I am also 4th generation Mormon. When I was 13 my mother decided she wanted to study our father's church. For most of the next 9 years I knew the church was good but I realized when I went to tell other people about our church that I wasn't absolutely sure I KNEW it was God's true church on the earth. I decided I needed to find out since I was out there telling people I did know it was true. That led me to some sincere and earnest prayer and that prayer was answered while teaching someone else about my beliefs, specifically about how a boy of 14 years of age had seen God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ in a grove of trees in upstate New York back in 1820. It is hard to explain the feeling that comes when you receive that confirmation about whatever you are praying about. For me it was a physical sensation that started at my toes and went to my head. From that moment on my conviction was secure. That experience has sustained me through some rough times of turmoil and confusion. I've now been a member of this church for over 36 years and I am still learning. As we mature, we learn through our experiences to trust in God. I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today and I am thankful for his guidance and counsel. I know that the Book of Mormon is a volume of scripture, translated by the power of God through his prophet, Joseph Smith and that it contains all that we need to live according to God's plan. I also know that the Bible is the Word of God and I appreciate the opportunities to study it. Most importantly, I know that Jesus Christ died so that I might repent of my sins, be comforted in my trials and learn from His life so that I can someday return and live with my beloved Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I hope that I live my faith each and every day of my life. I currently am the leader of the women's organization in my small unit. My main responsibility is to help those women to be strong and faithful. We are a service organization and we serve each other but we also strive to serve in our community. Here, we have helped out a shelter for battered women. So far we have baked apple pies and biscuits for their Thanksgiving Dinner. We have also baked goods for a fundraiser they do each year which helps them run their programs and help more women in need. In our service to each other, we help when someone moves into our congregation by cooking meals or helping with the actual move. We care for each other in times of sickness and trials. I'm also responsible to lead the music in our Sunday church meeting. A mother with a newborn baby will receive meals delivered to her house from the other women in the unit to help her cope for those first few days at home.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

Anne
After Christ died he left His apostles in charge of leading the church he had established. However, those apostles were also heavily persecuted and killed one at a time until there was no one left who had been charged to lead the church left. The people were left to themselves and although they did the best they could, divine communication ceased and Christ's church began to change. Some have compared it to the breaking of a mirror which shattered and people, wanting a piece of this precious mirror took pieces of it and carried on with what they had. So a restoration was necessary for Christ's church to be returned to it's original state, with prophets and apostles to keep us on track. Although the bible is the Word of God, it's translation has gone through many languages and hands and errors have slipped into it. Some things are missing which required this restoration to take place. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Anne
Because faith is more than belief, we really need to make sure we put our faith in someone who will not let us down, ever. Jesus Christ, the only man who ever lived on this earth without sin, who loved us so much that he would suffer the awful death he suffered, is the one we need to have faith in. True faith means having absolute trust in Him, in what He has done for us and in what He wills for us. Also, faith means taking action, even when we aren't sure how things will work out and how we will manage to keep His commandments. A prophet in the Book of Mormon said: "I will go and do the things which the Lord has commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandment unto the children of men save He shall prepare a way for them to accomplish it." (1 Nephi chapter 3 verse 7) Nephi had faith in Christ and because of that he was obedient, he took action when others doubted. Show more Show less