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Hi I'm Ann

I'm a San Diego girl living in the cornfields! I'm a wife, a mother, an ESL educator and lover of life! And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the third of four children and the only daughter, born into a two parent family in a large West Coast city. I grew up spending my time in or near water. A perfect day is one spent at the beach or in a swimming pool. I attended Episcopal private school as a young child and public schools in a middle class neighborhood. Life for me has been filled with wonderful adventures. I consider these unique and wonderful experiences. I have traveled to many parts of the world. I have had the opportunity to share with others about the Mormon faith through an eighteen month mission trip to Germany. Being able to speak a second language then opened many other opportunities for me. One of these unique experiences was to travel to Germany with the United States Information Agency and to help facilitate the expansion of the Youth Hostel System in the US. I am college graduate. Currently I am working on a Master’s degree. I study in between my own teaching schedule at a local university and community college. I am actively involved in my community and am a member of the local Park and Recreation Advisory Board. I volunteer in my children’s schools and have served in many positions of the local PTO. As far as sharing with you who I am, I would have to say that what defines me is faith and my family. Faith guides the way I treat others. Family keeps it real! I am a woman and a Child of God. I am a wife and a mother of four children. I love being a woman!

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in a large West coast city I was surrounded by many different religions. My parents were brought up in Protestant homes and were baptized into the Mormon Church when I was a small child. As my parents were raising me I even attended Episcopal private schools. I am Mormon, because this is where God has placed me in my life and I believe that the principles I have been taught my entire life are correct and true! I am Mormon because I believe in a loving Heavenly Father, who loves me and who loves all creation. I am a Mormon because I was raised in a family where we were taught principles of the Mormon Faith. I also believe that over the years, as I have learned for myself and tested and studied the principles my parents and others taught me I have found these principles to be true. I am Mormon because this is what I believe God planned for my life. Being a Mormon is the best way I can think to live! Why do I think God wants me to be Mormon? I believe God sent me to a Mormon home to be born and raised. I believe this because I have studied for myself the core Mormon teachings and scriptures (including the Bible and the Book of Mormon) and they have resonated within my heart and mind of their truthfulness. I am Mormon because I believe as I live the truths and the teachings I have been taught and that I believe, it helps me to become more like the person I believe God wants me to be. I am a literal daughter of my Heavenly Father. He loves me and I love him! I am a Mormon because with this truth I find complete joy as I try to be a woman, a wife, a mother and to be a follower of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith as a Mormon in many ways. One way I live my faith is by serving others. I consider my actions the best way to show others what I believe. Unlike many churches members of the Mormon faith are asked to volunteer as teachers and leaders. We believe that as we serve others our talents and skills improve and others benefit from this service. Every day I pray for opportunities for service. I feel I am living my faith as I treat my husband kindly and with respect. I live my faith as I am kind to my children and help them to gain the skills they need to be great people. I live my faith as I study and pray every day with my husband and also with my family. We say blessings on our food at every meal. We eat our meals together as often as possible. I live my faith as I am a good neighbor, a good friend and an active member of my community. I live my faith when I am patient with myself, with my husband or children or with those I interact with everyday. When I am seeking to do what the Lord wants me to do, I feel like I am living my faith. When I offer to hold open the door for a mother of a small toddler in a stroller or I run the errands of a sweet 91 year old friend, I am living my faith. When I don't lose my temper or say unkind things, I am living my faith. I believe that living my faith encompasses constant Christ -like striving through how I treat others. Right now in my Mormon congregation I teach and train other adults on how to teach a daily early morning religion class to youth ages 14 through 18. I am also involved with coordinating religion classes for college age people ages 18 through 30. Once a month or more I visit three or four other women in my congregation. I do this with a companion or another woman from my group. During these visits we pray together, we share a message of faith and also inquire as to how or what these women might need from us.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Ann
As a Mormon I believe that my body is a tabernacle or a place to house my spirit. My spirit lived with our Heavenly Father or God before we came to earth. When I take care of my body through the way I eat, my exercise routine, the influences I allow to enter my body--ie, the media, music, thoughts and actions, I am am allowing my body and spirit to work at top form. My spirit is what allows me to hear the Holy Spirit speak to me. This is how I am able to know if what I am doing is right or correct. I want to be able to know when I hear something that is truth and when something is not. When I take care of my body, I feel better about who I am. I want to be the best I can. I don't want my body to control what and how I live my life. Show more Show less