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Hi I'm Anna

I'm a happy wife of an awesome man and a busy mommy of two sweet boys. I love singing and teaching online classes. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the happiest wife of a great man and a mommy of two little boys. Nothing brings me greater joy than my family, and although being a parent is the hardest job I've ever had, it's also the best job I've ever had. I hold a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Education. I teach online classes for two different universities, and I love having a job that allows me to interact with students from around the world while sitting at my computer at home! I am passionate about music and love singing and playing the piano. I like to read, and I like spending time at the lake. I may enjoy camping again someday when our little ones are not so little. :) My relationships with others are very important to me, and I enjoy keeping up with old friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I discovered for myself the truthfulness of this gospel and the lasting joy it brings. I am a convert to the Church. I have attended many, many churches and was baptized into several, including the Jehovah's Witnesses. At age 12, I met a friend who was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She began taking me to social activities with other LDS (Mormon) members. Throughout junior high and high school, most of my friendships were with members of the LDS church. I loved spending time with these wonderful people who had such great values and happy family lives. Later into my teenage years, I began to be more curious about the doctrine behind their religion and what made all of these people so happy. I began to take lessons with the LDS missionaries and I remember distinctly how I felt when they taught me about Joseph Smith and the vision he had. As I looked at the picture of God the Father and Jesus Christ appearing to Joseph Smith, I knew instantly that what they were telling me had actually happened. I read the Book of Mormon and also developed a testimony that the book was the word of God, meant for us in our day. I was baptized into the LDS church halfway through my senior year of high school at age 17. It was the best decision I ever made. Being a member of this church has brought great purpose and joy into my life. I am grateful for a family who allowed me to make this decision, and although they don't feel the same way about the church, they support me and have allowed me to choose my own path. I know Heavenly Father and our Savior are mindful of each one of us, individually. I have felt over and over how involved they are in the smallest details of our lives. The gifts of my husband and children have shown me just how much I am known and loved by them. I know our prayers are answered and I know they want us to be happy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a good friend and neighbor. Coming from a non-LDS background has given me an open-minded view of others and sensitivity to all different situations and backgrounds. Although I am far from perfect, I try my best to treat others as the Savior would treat them. I currently teach our ward's (congregation's) Marriage & Family Relations class with my husband, and it has been a great opportunity for us to learn and grow together; as well as serve those in our ward. I find great peace in reading my scriptures and saying my prayers daily, attending church each week with my family, trying hard to serve my family the best I can, and trying to be more like Jesus Christ.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Anna
Mormon women hold a variety of leadership positions in the church. As someone who holds one of these positions myself, I can attest to the fact that women are revered, honored and respected as equals to men. In fact, I often hear the women being praised and complimented more than the men! Though we have different roles, and women do not hold the priesthood, each is crucial in its importance to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less