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Hi I'm Annie

I'm an American living in Italy. I love to sing and make life fun. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was a child my father was in the United States Navy, so I had the advantage of growing up all over the United States. That experience helped me to learn to make the most of the time I had wherever I happened to be. I learned to make new friends quickly, and I learned to accept and enjoy big changes. I studied Music and earned a bachelor's degree in Drama from University of Washington. That was so fun! I learned a lot about how to tell stories and communicate well from that education. During college I learned a lot about love. I learned that we have to love ourselves before we can be really successful in loving others. After college I toured England and Ireland all by myself. I'm so thankful to have done that! I'm a classically trained vocalist and have been the lead singer in two rock bands. In college I created a touring children's theatre, and then as a young mother I created a group that performed showtunes for senior citizens in care centers. I love to read good books, especially science fiction and fantasy. I am discovering that I love to write! Right now -- most of all -- I'm a full-time wife and mom. I love my job! We're thrilled to be in Italy, learning a new language and culture. Who knows what fun things we'll be part of here?

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family -- how awesome is that? My parents have taught me since earliest childhood that following Jesus and living his gospel is the way to have a happy life. But they didn't just say so -- they've shown me the way by example. When I was a young adult my friends began to challenge my beliefs. "How do you know?" they asked. Some of my friends had been told false things about my faith and actually feared for my soul! It was a painful time, because they were good people, but they could not accept the one thing about me that gave me the most peace and hope. I thought it all out, and then took it to my Heavenly Father in prayer. His answer came, and it was sweet. God told me he loved me and that I could trust him not to mislead me. Through that experience I became certain that the faith of my parents was indeed God's will for me. I now follow in my parents' footsteps and try every day to teach my children to learn of the Savior and follow him. If they will do this, I know they're going to be fine! When I was younger, my understanding of Jesus was that of a young person. I have been learning, year by year, that there is so much more to him than I knew then. I'm thankful for what God has provided through the church. I am blessed to worship with and be strengthened by others. I am blessed by holy ordinances like the sacrament and baptism and temple. I am encouraged to nourish my family and my marriage. I am reminded to study the words of Christ and his prophets, so that I can come to know the Savior better. I am taught to try to emulate Jesus by serving and loving all of God's children -- especially the ones I encounter each day. Why am I a Mormon? Because my Heavenly Father loves me and wants me to be happy. He's let me know that he provided this church to help me be exactly that. And it's working!

How I live my faith

As members of the church, we get lots of opportunities to help others. I've been a Cubmaster -- now that's FUN! I've been a children's Sunday Singing-Time leader (another really fun job). I've taught children in Sunday School, and have taught grown-ups too. I seem to have a knack for getting people together to make music, and I love taking that music to the community. I've found that just being a friend to the elderly in my neighborhood can be an incredibly powerful thing. After my first child was born we made friends with a special neighbor in her eighties. We grew to love each other so much! She doted on my little boy. We were fast friends until her death five years later. I am so thankful for our time together, and for how she changed me and my son. We carry her with us now, and I think we will throughout our lives. I think if we try to "tune in" to Christ, we will be guided to do good and sometimes important things. I try to read scriptures and pray each day. It's a challenge! I sometimes have to make myself focus, when other things seem easier or more fun at the moment, because I know it's important. When we're tuned in to Christ, we can be guided to bring comfort, hope and help to others. We can be guided to say the right thing or take the best action in a situation. I try to be honest. Sometimes integrity has a cost! The best thing about the cost of integrity is that it helps you realize what a treasure it is to have. And it's not always simple. And it takes practice.