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Hi I'm Ann

I'm from Hawaii. I love to eat, swim, and spend time with family and friends, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Hawaii. I love spending time with people. Some of my favorite memories from my growing up years are sitting around in the kitchen with family and friends talking and eating. I have been married a little over a year and even though it has not been the easiest, it has been one of the best decisions I have made. I love my family. I love the peace the gospel brings because I know I have a Heavenly Father who cares about me individually and has provided a plan of happiness and hope for all of His children.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the gospel is true. I have chosen to live the way I do because I have studied and prayed to know for myself if what I was taught was right. I know that our Heavenly Father cares for each of His children and that He answers prayers when we sincerely, humbly and intently search for answers. Living the teachings of the gospel has not always been easy, but I have seen the Lord's hand in my life as I do my best to do as He has commanded. I know that Jesus Christ lived on this earth, atoned for our sins and sorrows in Gethsemane, died on the cross, and rose from the tomb that beautiful Easter morning. Through prayer and study I continue to learn that Christ really does know me as an individual and that He loves me despite my many weaknesses and failings. He knows perfectly every thing I go through and I can turn to Him at any time and in any place for His help, love, and attention. I love that His gospel is one of justice, mercy, simplicity, and love. The gospel is a message of peace, hope, and joy. Our Heavenly Father created a plan of happiness for all of us and gave us the path to follow to feel joy here and in eternity. The family is central to that plan and our eternal happiness—by learning to be selfless in families, we find the greatest happiness. Anyone who chooses to can follow the gospel's teachings and see the blessings that come from following them. Christ asks is that we do our best, and with Him, we can do all things. I love that we do not have to do anything alone and we can all CHOOSE the paths we take in this life. My personal conversion came while reading the Book of Mormon. The Holy Ghost testified to me that what I had read was true. I know that I am a daughter of God. I know that answers will come to those who search for them. I know that as you live the gospel, you will come to know for yourself that it is true. It is not easy, but it is definitely worth it. I love this gospel and I know it to be true.

How I live my faith

I try to improve a little each day—I am grateful for the little victories I have in improving my character, and am determined to do better when I mess up. I try to be kind to my husband, even when I don't do anything else right. I try to read my scriptures and pray every morning that I can be better than I was the day before. I try to see the Savior's hand in the small things each day, and express my gratitude to Him for His love and care for me and my family.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Ann
Mormon women are diverse and they persevere! They have the tools and ability to raise boys into righteous men, and girls into righteous women. Mormon women who understand God's Plan for them sustain and support the prophet and other Church leaders. They understand that they are important to God and He loves them. They do not feel they lack blessings because they are not "clones" of men. Righteous men understand that women are divine and support them in their righteous desires. They never belittle, ignore, abuse, or objectify women; righteous women never treat men this way either. Being a woman, wife and/or mother is sacred and precious, and a righteous man, husband and/or father understands this and treats his wife better than himself. Men need women, and women need men. They are equal, but this does not mean they are exactly the same. Each has an important and essential calling in God's Plan and His Church. The role of women is not degrading or enslaving, and when a woman realizes this, she begins to see that she is a priceless treasure to God and those she influences. God loves His daughters. Men AND women are God's children, and each has a divine and interdependent part to play in life and eternity. As we eliminate pride and selfishness from our lives and heed the prophet's words, we—men and women—become more like God because we know who we are, why we are here, and what we need to do while we are here on this earth. Show more Show less