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Hi I'm Annette

I love being with my family, walking on the beach, singing in my car and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Northern California. I went to school at in Idaho and married my best friend. We have 4 wonderful children who are now grown. We moved to Florida 21 years ago and love it here. The best job I have ever had was that of being a mother. Now that all my children have grown up we are enjoying being empty nesters. I work for a reading research organization and have been a research tester for 18 + years. I am in the process of going back to school and will eventually graduate with a Masters in Social Work. It is my hearts desire to work for Hospice or Veterans who have returned from war. I love talking to people and hearing what makes them who they are.    

Why I am a Mormon

My family goes way back to pioneers who came across the plains so being a member of the church has always been apart of my life. Having grown up in California there weren't many members of the church at school. So most of my friends were other faiths. We all got along well. This helped me understand religion from their perspective and why I loved being a Mormon. I questioned what I believed and have sought answers to those questions. I took the challenge and asked if the Book of Mormon was true and if indeed Joseph Smith Jr. really was a prophet and did he actually see the Father and the Son in a grove of trees like he said he did. My answer came and it was a firm YES! I am a Mormon not only because my parents and grandparents were but I know this is the way back to Heavenly Father. I am a Mormon because I asked in prayer and faith and I was given an answer. From that my testimony has grown stronger. Today I can say that I know there is a Father in Heaven who knows my name and he knows your name. He is aware of all we do and all we need in our daily lives. You too can know this for yourself just like me.      

How I live my faith

Every morning I wake up I don't have to wonder what I am going to be like today. I want to show everyone that I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I live my religion 24/7 since that is what followers of Jesus Christ do. I try to look for ways to help people every day. Perhaps it is a smile or holding the door open for someone. Too many people in this world don't know they are loved and are of value. Especially teenagers. I love teenagers and get along with most of them. I try to look them in their eyes and tell them how wonderful they are and tell them I truly mean it. We don't know what they go home to each night and maybe for a moment they know someone was standing in their corner cheering them on. I know there is someone who always stands in my corner and cheers me on and that someone is my Savior Jesus Christ as well as my Father in Heaven. When I live my faith daily it helps me to be a better person. 

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Annette
 For me living a Mormon life style is easy. We are often asked why we dress the way we do. We wear tops with sleeves in them and longer shorts. Our dresses go to our knees or below. I am modest in all aspects of attire and in appearance so can best reflect who I am, a daughter of God. We were given bodies by a loving Heavenly Father who loves us. Our bodies are our own personal temples. We don't deface buildings why would I do that to my body? I cherish what Heavenly Father has given to me. We don't drink tea, coffee or consume liqueur or tobacco products. There are many things we can take into our bodies that are addictive. Once I understood that in my life it gave me a greater desire to not put addictive substances inside that could control my body. Do I want someone other then me to control my desires? No! I don't drink tea, coffee, alcohol or tobacco because my church tells me not to but because we have been given revelation from Heavenly Father that they aren't good for us. He wants us to live a happy and healthy life. So by listening and understanding this I am a happier person and I choose to not do those things. When we start to see the commandments as guidelines for happiness and not restrictions for punishment it makes it easier to follow His words. He loves us so why would He asks us to do something that would hurt or harm us. "As I seek Him, as I learn of His Son, Jesus Christ, as I open my heart to the influence of the Holy Spirit, my life becomes more stable and secure. I experience greater peace, joy, and fulfillment as I give my best to live according to God’s eternal plan and keep His commandments."  Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Annette
Temples are different from our church meeting houses. We attend church each Sunday in a local unit. The temples serve members within a larger area that take in each local congregation. We do not have Sunday worship in our temples. When we go to the temple the first time we go for ourselves and receive something called an endowment. If you were to look up endowment in the dictionary you would see "gift" or "bestowal". When we go through the temple we are given a gift of knowledge that helps us understand better how to return back to our Father in Heaven. Each time we go back we become a proxy for someone else. Usually that is a family member who has passed away and not had the opportunity to do this for themselves. Marriages are preformed in our temples. For those who are married in the temple we believe that families are forever and not just for this life time. You are married to your spouse beyond the grave. In the temple we bind families together forever. It makes perfect sense to me that we come into this world with a family and why would we not need our same family in the next life. Temples are a place we can seek for peace and comfort from the daily grind of the world. Show more Show less