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Hi I'm Ann

I live in Colorado. I'm married and have 5 children and 2 grandchildren. I teach 35 piano and voice students.

About Me

After 27 years of raising a family I am now an official "empty nester". Like many other transitions in life this new stage comes with some growing pains. I remember the first Fall Friday night after our youngest had left for college and that marked the beginning of high school football season. I asked my husband "What are we going to do tonight"? "Do you want to go to a football game"? With active children it was a rare Friday night when something wasn't on the calendar - usually a sporting event but also musicals, parties, proms... Now, with all five children out of the home I felt the loss. Being a mother had always been part of my identity. I also remember thinking "What did Mike and I do before we had children"? It has now been two years since that first Friday night. I have to say it has been a wonderful adventure. I still anticipate every opportunity to spend time with our children and now grandchildren but I have renewed old interests and involved myself more fully in things I love to do. I joined a card club - we take turns hosting a monthly get-together where we catch-up, laugh, cry and exchange cards and ideas. I teach 35 piano and voice students weekly and stay active in the local music teachers association. Particularly rewarding has been spending time with my husband; talking, taking walks, reading or listening to books, planning get-aways, working in the yard and remembering all the reasons I married him 28 years ago - when it was just the two of us.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ has always been part of my life. I grew up on a farm in Wyoming. Our family faithfully attended church each week. In addition to our daily chores we had daily family prayers. We read from the scriptures and spent time as a family discussing Christ’s teachings. During haying season our family worked hard Monday through Saturday but never on Sunday. Several times each season it was announced at church that on Wednesday help would be needed on the "church farm". Come Wednesday my father and brothers spent the day with our machinery working on the "church farm" even when our own crops were still in the field. I learned through my parent’s example that the Lord always came first. As I grew older my faith was strengthened when my prayers were answered or when I felt the warm peaceful feelings of the spirit as I read the scriptures. I felt happy when I helped and served others. These same gospel principles continue to guide me today. Even though I no longer live on a farm the principles I learned then continue to influence and direct my life.

How I live my faith

One of the things that brings me satisfaction in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is being involved. Each member is given an assignment or "calling". It feels good to help others but I've noticed I am usually the one who benefits most. I currently serve as a Sunday school teacher for the adults in our congregation. Last year we studied the Old Testament and this year we're studying the New Testament. This assignment has given me the opportunity to study in-depth as I prepare for the weekly lesson. I find it exciting to go beyond the surface of any particular passage of scripture or story. I love learning about the symbolism, customs and people of the time. I particularly love how all the scriptures - Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon and Doctrine & Covenants are so intertwined and the principles taught in one are supported in the others. This experience has increased my knowledge and testimony of the gospel. I am also the Ward Choir Director. Singing and leading others who love music is very rewarding. Our choir has really grown since I started encouraging youth in our ward to join. We now have over 45 members. It has basically become a family choir; made up of many families. I remember attending choir with my parents when I was young. It is there that I learned to love choir music.