Hi I'm Annie
I am a born and raised Alaskan living here with my husband and four children. I am a photographer, a crater and sewer, a baker, a friend. I enjoy exercising and finding quick projects to do online. I enjoy good books and like to play outside with my family-if it's not too cold.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born and raised LDS and truly found my testimony as a teenager. Although immature and juvenile, it set a foundation where I could make mistakes, learn, and grow in the gospel and in my relationship with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I chose to marry in the temple to a worthy priesthood holder who has helped me and our family to stay grounded. We are always trying to be our best, as a family and as individuals.
How can we develop greater harmony in our homes?
Pray together, Play together, Read books together, Read the scriptures together, Go to church together, Serve together, Love each other, etc...... It might not happen over night. In fact I know it won't, but it's still worth the effort. By doing things together and with an attitude of love, the atmosphere in the home will change. We're still working on this! Sometimes it's an hourly, daily, weekly challenge, but it's one that I'm willing to keep pursuing because I want our home to be the safe haven from the world. I want my kids to walk into our home and feel safe, secure, love, and everything good. I coach middle school sports and know that by creating an atmosphere free of negativity the athletes on our teams will try harder and encourage each other. The same applies at home. When my husband and I work together to create a positive atmosphere the other members of our family feel that and try harder themselves. It's amazing to see hearts soften and attitudes change. It's so worth it. Keep trying. Keep loving. :o)
In what ways have your prayers been answered?
We as a family have had many prayers answered and we like to talk about them often to remind ourselves that Heavenly Father does hear and answer our prayers. One time my children needed comfort and we prayed together and within minutes we were all able to feel the peace that we were searching for. That has been good to talk about with them over and over- especially as other occasions for comfort have come up. I have had prayers answered unexpectedly and those have been amazing to witness. It is a reminder that Heavenly Father knows what is best for us. When that happens I feel like He knows me personally- He knows me.
What have you done successfully to shield your family from unwanted influences?
We are very careful about what TV shows and movies we allow our children to watch. We talk about what is inappropriate and what is appropriate with them so they know where we stand and why we have made the choices we have made. Even their friends know what my kids can watch and what we would think inappropriate. After they have reached a level of maturity we allow them to make the choice to watch certain shows and movies. By giving them a solid foundation to build upon, they have been able to choose appropriate things to watch. By continuing to make good choices in this regard, they also build trust.
How I live my faith
I try to be real with everyone I meet. They know I'm Mormon by the way I talk about my life. Being a Mormon isn't just for Sunday- it's who I am every day of the week. I try to be a good friend and try to serve others as much as possible.