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Hi I'm Anna

Raised by a single mother, I learned to work hard and use my resources wisely. I love simplicity. I'm a mother of 5. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I learned the value of hard work growing up on a farm in the southeastern United States, and later as the oldest child raised by my endearing and enduring single mother. I earned scholarships and worked full-time in summers from the age of 13 on and held after-school jobs starting at 15yrs to support myself and obtain a college education. I participated in many leadership positions in campus organizations and committees and enjoyed much praise and recognition during my post-secondary pursuit. I was employed at a Mayor's Office in a capitol city when my husband and I began our family. Choosing to be a full time mother and homemaker has brought me more fulfillment than any career or academic accomplishment. Supporting my husband during his pursuit of a graduate degree with a family of four children (a fifth added during his schooling) came at some sacrifice, but strengthened my reliance upon the Lord and the understanding that He really does magnify our abilities to meet the challenges before us. During this time I also grew in greater knowledge of resourcefulness and progressed in such skills as baking our family's bread, gardening, cooking nearly everything from scratch, sewing basic items and countless other provident living and basic self-reliance skills. I am a mother of five children who teach me how to be better every day. My hard-working husband is my dearest friend. I know the Lord knows me, for I have seen His hand in too many ways, too many times to ever deny it.

Why I am a Mormon

Participation in protestant faiths in my childhood provided my first introduction to organized religion. While these were mostly happy and positive experiences, there was a different feeling in the LDS meetinghouses of worship. I remember powerful feelings of peace and confirmation entering my heart when learning about the appearance of God and Jesus Christ to the boy prophet, Joseph Smith. Countless other feelings of peace and confirmation regarding principles as I grew up brought me from a hope, to a faith to a sure knowledge that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's Gospel in it's fullness restored by the proper authority to the earth. To me, one of the most glorious things is that I still receive that same peace and confirmation daily as I seek the Lord in study, prayer and make choices in accordance with His will. My faith continues to grow each day. I am not, nor will I ever in this life, be "finished" with progressing in learning of the Lord and how I can be more like Him and let others feel His influence through me.

How I live my faith

I have made promises to my God to live my faith not just on Sundays, but every day of my life. I honor these promises by working to spend time studying his words most every day; sharing my joys and struggles with Him in personal prayer each morning and night; nurturing my children daily in living these same blessed habits; sharing evening prayers with my husband to draw us nearer to the Lord and one another; watching for ways to show love and give service and being an example of the believers in my home and community. I am also blessed to serve 80+ children as leader of our congregations' children's organization. I work with teachers and music leaders who provide 2 hours of creative, inspired teaching of young children (ages 18mo to 11yrs) the help them develop their faith in Jesus Christ during Sunday meetings each week.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

One of my young sons was crushed the day realized he simply could not do everything perfectly as he so strongly desired to. He could not achieve the unrealistic goal to never get upset with his sister again . . . along with all the other frailties we humans enter this world to face. His frustration led to a sweet discussion, even at his young age, of our need for a Savior and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Because of the Son of God, my son could have hope for his long and bright future. Because of my Savior, I too can have hope for my future and little to no regret for the past. I have taught my children that a goal we ought to work for is not that of perfection, but of being quick to acknowledge our errors, swift to correct those mistakes and begin again with hope and not regret. Because we have a Savior we can start anew each day with a smile, free of guilt. Show more Show less