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Hi I'm Anne!

I'm a scuba-diving, world-traveling, homeschooling mother of six. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California, but met my husband, who is also a California native, while attending college in Utah. We moved back to California for my husband to attend law school and have been here now for 13 years. We love doing things as a family and keep busy juggling our six kids' busy schedules such as sports, piano, gymnastics, Boy Scouts and church activities. We love to travel. My husband and I became certified in scuba diving about eight years ago and always dive in Hawaii, a favorite family destination. I've been on a safari in Africa, toured western Europe and yearn to travel the rest of the world. We've been homeschooling our children for the past eight years and love it! I teach a local group of homeschooled teens a Shakespeare class that culminates in an end-of-year performance- usually a comedy. The youth love this class and I love teaching them. We all learn together as we study the great works of the Bard. In my spare time, I love to help others become entrepreneurs by doing what they love and making a business out of it.  I work with the young women at church and have recently been asked to organize and direct the girls' camp program this summer for our entire stake- everything from staffing to daily activities and camfires. It's a little bit intimidating, but I look forward to the challenge and blessings that come with serving. Since recovering from major knee surgery last summer, I've decided to train for my first triathlon. I hope I can do it!

Why I am a Mormon

I don't know what I'd do without the gospel in my life. I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints my whole life. It defines me as a woman, wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter and neighbor. Following the teachings of Christ and trying to continually improve myself by becoming more like Him, I am able to get through whatever life throws my way. Last summer, I had major knee surgery and couldn't walk on my leg or drive for four months. This was challenging as a mother of six children, but I tried to look for the positive and find ways I could still serve others while not being able to completely care for myself. My relationship with my Savior helped me to see that this challenging time could help me grow and become a better person. I could have had it so much worse. I am grateful for my knowledge of the restored gospel because I know there is a plan for me to return to live with my Heavenly Father again. I know I will be with my family forever and hope my children follow in my footsteps and keep the commandments so we can live together forever. I am grateful for our living prophet and other leaders who lead and guide us as we journey through life. Without the current prophets to teach and lead us we would become lost. I love to listen to our prophets and study what they teach so that I can always try to be my best self. When I am down or not feelng like being the person I know I should, all I need to do is pause for a moment and say a little prayer. This helps give me the courage to continue on, whether it is enduring a child throwing a tantrum, surviving a burned dinner, or a long night of knee pain, I know my Savior is there for me and answers my prayers.

How I live my faith

I love the opportunities for growth and service that come from belonging to this church. Whether it is serving the youth in my local ward, or reaching out to the needy across the world doing a humanitarian project, our church is so well organized to take care of the needs and wants of everyone, and to act as Jesus would act, if He were here. After all, I have covenented to be His Disciple and my utmost desire is to help others to feel His love and have the desire to "Come Unto Christ." I have had so many opportunties to get to know others and serve in my church. As a leader over the women's organization for three years, I was able to reach out and help so many women. Together with the other leaders, we would help new mothers by providing child care or bringing in meals. Several ladies were widowed and visiting them helped keep them connected and feel the Savior's love. One of my favorite things to do is to get together with all the women in our ward every month or so for a "girls night" at the church. We usually eat a light meal, have a lesson on a gospel subject, and then learn something new. Whether it is cooking, gardening, crafting, food storage or something else, all involved have a great time. We all learn from each other, that is the great thing. All of us have our own expertise whether it is music, cooking, computer skills, or event planning. And these meetings give us the chance to share with one another and learn! Of course it didn't hurt that there was always dessert or treats at the end of the evening. Those are just some of the many things I love about this church.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Mormons believe that the family is the foundation of mankind. We believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and that happiness is most likely achieved when children are born into a loving family with a father and mother. We believe that we can live forever with our families, even after death. We believe that if we keep the commandments and make certain choices, we can be sealed to our families in the eternities. Show more Show less