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Hi I'm Sannali

I'm a PhD chemist, a teacher, an editor, an artist. I love Harry Potter and World of Warcraft. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My favorite part of being a graduate student was TAing for general and organic Chemistry classes. Doing research was not easy or enjoyable for me, but I stuck with it until I finished my PhD because I knew that someday, I wanted to teach Chemistry at the college/university level. Right now, however, I don't have an academic job because I have chosen to follow my husband to wherever his career takes him. Instead, I work part-time from home editing manuscripts written by scientists in other countries for English language usage. I have always loved reading. My taste in fiction has tended toward the fantastic ever since I first read the Chronicles of Narnia and the Prydain Chronicles at age seven or eight. I mostly look for books in the middle grades to YA range, because those tend to be cleaner than books aimed at grownups! My own young adulthood was dominated by the Harry Potter phenomenon. I've drawn piles and piles of pictures inspired by those amazing books! I enjoy drawing, sewing, crochet/knitting, and similar hobbies involving creating with color and shape. I like to play board/card games that involve strategic collection and management of a variety of resources. I'm not always very good at them, but I still have fun playing them. I became intrigued by the concept of roleplaying games in college, but didn't start actually playing them until I met my husband. We've played D&D together, and I play more WoW than he does these days!

Why I am a Mormon

I was lucky to be born to LDS parents who have always given me an excellent example of love and faith. I have always wanted to be like my parents and to follow in the way that they've shown me. As I grew up, they gave me opportunities and encouragement to develop my own understanding of gospel principles and my own faith alongside my intellectual and educational pursuits. My parents provided a framework for me to have my own experiences with the scriptures and the Holy Ghost, so that by the time I left home, I'd gained my own testimony of Jesus Christ. The LDS Church has been a sure foundation and a haven of comfort and security for me throughout my young adulthood. There were very difficult periods during my graduate school years when the companionship and the spiritual strength I found by attending church meetings and activities were all that kept me going. I don't like to think about where I might be without it.

How I live my faith

Until recently, I team-taught the 12 and 13 year-old Sunday School class with my husband. Now, I spend most of my Sunday meeting hours in the Nursery, tending the little children. I keep a hobby blog and have participated in forums for various of my hobbies over the years. In all my internet activities, I hold myself to the same standards of language, et cetera, that I act by "in real life". I don't often have opportunities to talk about my faith in the context of my hobbies, so I'm always delighted when I do find reasons to link lds.org or mormon.org.