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Hi I'm Ann.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm just a girl that is trying my best to get through life with as much sanity intact as possible. I loves spending time with my amazing husband and our children. We have a blended family that includes 6 children (3 that are non-members) so things are always interesting and sometimes difficult but somehow we make it work. We try to spend a lot of time together hiking and just doing anything that keeps us active. I love traveling with my husband and taking tons of photos whenever I can find the time alone.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were already members of this church. So I was raised as such and was baptized and became a member of the church at 8 years old. Despite not giving my Sunday School classes the attention that I should have in my youth, it was the single BEST thing that my parents could have ever done for me. In my early adult years I didn't get it. I had a very small grasp of all that it meant to be a "Mormon". I took my life in many different directions, most leading away from the church until I had a child of my own. It was then that I really realized what it meant to me and how important it was to me to raise my child[ren] with the knowledge that I was raised with. The knowledge of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I could not imagine a world where I wasn't teaching my children the importance of knowing that Christ not only suffered and died for mankind, but for each of us as individuals. That He loves each of us and that He lives today. That we have the untainted testament of Jesus Christ as told through the prophets in the Book of Mormon. That we have a living prophet today that receives revelation from Jesus Christ, who is the head of our church. It is He that we worship and He that has given us all that we need to be able to return to live with Him and our Father in heaven. I bear witness that this church is the true church and that this is Christ's church. It is the same gospel that He taught when He was on the earth was restored to this earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. The Lord has prepared a way for all of us to return to Him if we but do our best to live the commandments and have faith in Him.

How I live my faith

The best way I can describe how I live my faith is just that - living. With all the trials and hardships that exist in this world, all we can hope to do is keep progressing and learning from our mistakes. Because we are going to make them. The great thing is that we have been given all the tools and keys with this gospel that we need in order to know how to live our lives in such a way that not only can we be happy, but that we can also be doing the Lord's will. He has provided us with so much and if we but partake of the love He gives and be obedient to the things He is asking of us - we will have joy in this life. And it will be a lasting joy that can continue throughout eternity.