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Hi I'm Ana

I am married, have 2 beautiful children, I am a secretary and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and a mother, but I also work as a secretary for the pre-school/special needs transportation department in the county I reside. I love to cook, dance, read and just have fun! I love working with the youth of the church because they keep me young, but also because I understand so many of the trials that they are faced with these days.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 11 years old, the missionaries came to our home to give us the discussions. They were mainly teaching my mother who was raising us by herself. I sat in on all of their discussions and remember feeling such a warm, peaceful feeling as they taught us the principles of the gospel. When the time was right, they extended the challenge to my mother to be baptized and she accepted. When they didn't ask me, I jumped right in and asked, "Can I get baptized too"? They said, "of course" and they prepared me that week. My mother and I were baptized together. This is just the beginning of my conversion story. As I got older, things got a little tough for me. My mother was a hard working individual, but because she was raising us on her own, we needed the support from extended family members. This meant moving to another city. That was devastating for me. This new place so different from where we were before. I started hanging out with kids who were not of my faith and I stopped going to church. I was doing things that were keeping the spirit away and caused me to make horrible decisions. After I hit rock bottom, I realized I had to find out for myself what was best for me. My mother, who always prayed for me, had invited me over to her house one evening to have dinner. To my surprise, the missionaries were there! I asked them to re-teach the discussions that had been taught to me so long ago. Those feelings of comfort and love I had when I was younger were still there, but with more power and with a better understanding. I read the Book of Mormon cover to cover, and for the first time I realized that this book was true scripture, just like the Bible. As I studied more, I gained a testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith and of our modern day prophets. I went to my Bishop, he counseled with me and explained the atonement to me. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ and the love he has for me. I am grateful for the opportunity we all have to repent and come back to Him.

How I live my faith

Since I have come back to church, I have been blessed with the opportunities to serve. I have been married for 16 years and out of those 16 years, I have been serving in the Young Women's program in one way or another for 13 of those 16 years. The youth of our church are such a blessing to me because they are so strong in their convictions. I get to see them grow from little girls to young women. There are times when I need to prepare Sunday School lessons. The leaders with the youth plan weekly mutual activities. 1 day a week, the youth all meet together and carry out an activity. This gives them the opportunity to be around others who have the same standards as they do. I was also blessed to oversee Girls Camp this year. Even though most girls including myself miss modern conveniences like electricity, blow dryers, beds, makeup, etc... they gain an appreciation for what the Lord has created for us. They are surrounded by nature and all of its glory! Besides working with the youth, all members are assigned to be Home or Visiting Teachers. I, with a companion, are assigned to visit other sisters in our area once a month and share a message with them. The sisters we visit know that if a need arises, they can call on us to help. This is a way for us to serve and strengthen one another. I have also met some of my greatest friends through this inspired program. My husband and I are very busy at church, but we are even more busy at home. Our biggest priority is our family. Every week we hold a Family Home Evening. This is our chance to teach our children all of the basic principles of the gospel. We also use this time to plan our weekly schedule. We also have daily scripture study with our family as well as family prayers. Even though our lives seem very busy, it is well worth it. We have received many wonderful blessings as we have served the Lord.