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Hi I'm Ann

I've been around the world. I love chocolate. I'm a full-time wife and mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Idaho. The church was very prominent in my community and I thought everyone in the world was Mormon. Then my family moved to Israel, where I spent my sophomore year of high school. We Studied the Bible and visited many of the sights. We also went to Egypt and Jordan. I realized that life outside of my little bubble was very different and that I had so much to learn. I needed to discover the world, it's people and culture. I fell in love with traveling. After high school I moved to New Jersey where I worked as a nanny. I enjoyed visiting local areas including New York City, Boston and Washington D.C. I took a short trip to Korea a few weeks before serving an LDS mission in the Fiji Islands. Later I spent some time in Tanzania working in an orphanage. I went on a Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater and successfully climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. In college I had the opportunity to hike roughly 200 miles through Scotland and England studying literature and creative writing. Afterward, with two friends, I fulfilled my lifelong dream of backpacking Europe. We stayed in hostels and met all kinds of interesting people. I have a Bachelor's degree in English. I play the piano and the violin. I also enjoy hiking, reading and cooking. I married the love of my life in the Oakland, California Temple. We have two precious children. My family is my whole world now. Motherhood is by far the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life. I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

I have been blessed to see and experience many places. I have also studied many different religions and am fascinated by the diverse beliefs throughout the history of the world. I love to learn about people and cultures. I was raised in the church, but never forced to believe. My parents taught me by example and have continued in the faith. I have gained a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ through many small and personal spiritual experiences. They have touched my heart and confirmed to me that God lives, that Jesus Christ is His Son and the Savior of the World. The Book of Mormon is the most powerful book I have ever read. I have studied its teachings and have grown closer to God by doing so. It is a lifelong commitment and effort. My life makes more sense when I read it. I am more patient and more kind after I have read. I have felt God's love for me. I know in my heart, through the power of the Holy Ghost, that it is true. It is a second witness of the divinity Jesus Christ. It is a testimony that God loves all of his Children. That the resurrected Christ visited and taught His "other sheep." Most importantly, it proves Joseph Smith was a true Prophet of God. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Kingdom of God on the earth. There has been a continued succession of prophets, chosen by God to lead His church, since the time of Joseph Smith. There is a living prophet on the earth today, President Thomas S. Monson. How grateful I am for living prophets and apostles to help me find my way. I look to them for guidance and direction, especially as I raise children in this confusing world. They are a beacon of light and hope. They help me to be optimistic about the future. I know that as long as I follow the Prophet, I will not be led astray. I only hope I will have the courage to do so. So, Why am I a Mormon? Because it makes sense that God would call a prophet in these latter-days, just as He did in times of old.

How I live my faith

I believe there is power in keeping the commandments. I don't find them to be restricting. They are liberating and enlightening. There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon that says it best, "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it." Life is hard sometimes. We all have trials that are designed to test us. But if we remember that keeping the commandments is the way to eternal happiness, we will have the strength to endure whatever lies in our path. He will keep his promises if we remain faithful. Being a member of this church requires more than just showing up to church on Sunday. It's a daily choice to keep the covenants I have made with God. I try to share the gospel though example and I respect the beliefs of others. I love missionary work! Prayer and scripture study help my faith remain strong and help me to continue to grow. I try to be kind. I try to make good choices. I try to live a life worthy of the presence of the Spirit of God.