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Hi I'm Anne

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always loved to learn. I graduated with a degree in Education and Family & Consumer Science, then taught high school until I began to raise my six children. My husband & I tried to teach our children to work hard by starting several home based businesses in addition to our careers in teaching. I've been a widow for nine years, and my first priority is staying close to my children and grandchildren. I teach cooking classes and enjoy food blogging. I quilt, write, and enjoy taking classes & workshops. My greatest joy is seeing my children serve, grow, and succeed in their own marriages and families.

Why I am a Mormon

I find great comfort in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have peace in my life as I strive to live in a way that would represent the Savior. The Gospel has provided the structure in my home to be able to teach my children strong values and high standards. When my husband died nine years ago, I found comfort in knowing we had been sealed for time and eternity in a holy temple. If I continue to live worthily, I believe my husband and I will still enjoy the blessings of being a family beyond this life here on the earth. With the exception of my youngest son who is serving a mission, five of my six children have married and started their own families. My last son is serving a mission - a great blessing to all of us. I miss them and wish I could live closer to all of them - but we keep in touch by telephoning, emailing, and getting together as often as we can. The Gospel has taught us the importance of staying close as a family. Although I am alone in my home, I am supported and loved by the members of the church in my ward. A ward is a group of church members living in the same area. We love and care for each other as we worship together on Sunday and during the week as well.

How I live my faith

I love to meet people and answer their questions. I serve as a host at the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City. When people walk into this special building, they can feel the spirit of the Lord. I serve in my area women's organization. This gives me the opportunity to visit with and teach about 1,400 other women who live in my stake. They inspire me with how they live the Gospel and serve their families. So many of them have challenges and difficulties, yet as they share their burdens with other women around them - it lifts and strengthens all of us. I enjoy participating in Family Search Indexing on my computer here in my home. I love to think about those who came before me, and my responsibility to search for them. I am beginning to write my husband's personal history so my children and grandchildren will not forget all he stood for.

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?

Anne
I believe my role as a woman is equal to that of a man who holds the Priesthood. Women have the privilege and blessing of bearing, nurturing, and teaching children. Our role in an eternal marriage is just as important as that of a priesthood bearer. Women have as many opportunities to lead and serve in the church as do men. Many capable women serve in leadership positions in the Relief Society, Young Women, Primary, Scouting, Sunday School, etc... The church could not function without capable women who know their role is as vital as that of the priesthood. Show more Show less