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Hi I'm Annie

I grew up in Seattle. I'm a fashion designer. I love to play volleyball and I have way too many pairs of shoes. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

i'm just your run of the mill loud, crazy, fashion-designing, chance-taking, cartwheeling, crazy-dancing, volleyball-obsessive, college girl living in Rexburg Idaho 6 months out of the year. Right now I am majoring in FACSE, family and consumer science education, emphasizing in fashion design and merchandising and minoring in clothing construction. I tend to have the odd compulsion to randomly do cartwheels. I love to dance, whether it is choreographed or spontaneous dance parties that will break out in my living room. I learned to play volleyball in 2005 after being diagnosed with Osgood Schlatters disease and had to quit playing basketball. Learning to play volleyball lead to many doors opening for me including going to the Junior Olympics in 2008, as well as multiple collegiate scholarship offers. I love volleyball, its the kind of sport that allows you to strive to be better as both an individual and a team player. I'm sort of an odd duck as far as being a girly girl goes. I love to dress up and be a girl, but the vast majority of my friends are guys. I am surrounded by amazing people everyday that I love and care deeply for. I am the middle child of 3, though technically I am the oldest. I have two brothers, one older and one younger. My older brother Tommy died of SIDS before I was born and my younger brother Tyler is one smart kid though he's pretty good at hiding it sometimes. My parents are amazing people. They are truly my greatest examples.

Why I am a Mormon

My father grew up in the Mormon Church and went inactive once he turned 18, and my mom grew up protestant. When I was about 11 years old my parents began to feel like my family was missing something, that we needed to have some sort of religion. We began going to many different kinds of churches and couldn't quite find the right fit. So finally my dad suggested that we try returning to his old church, the LDS church. My mom was hesitant but we went. There was an amazing peace and sense of belonging I felt from the moment that I stepped into the church. We began being taught the lessons and everything that the missionaries were teaching my family and me made sense and rang true in my heart. Just over a year later my mom, my brother and I were baptized. After my family and I became active in the church there was a time where I began to have doubts and began pushing my boundaries and got myself into some trouble that made it hard for me to see the truthfulness of the Gospel. I was doing a lot of things wrong in my life, nothing majorly life changing, but still decisions that could have saved me a lot of heartache and pain. Finally I began trying to look for ways to turn myself back around and readjust my life because obviously, something wasn't working. Thankfully I had an amazing Youth Adviser who was there for me, that I trusted enough, who helped me to realize that I wasn't alone in everything that I had gone through. That through the power of Christ and His atonement I could have peace in my life again. The comfort and strength I gain from living the Gospel is amazing and keeps me from ever wanting to go back to the unhappiness that my mistakes had once brought me.

How I live my faith

Since I am a college student, I regularly come and go from my home church group. When I am home however, I have served multiple times as a Young Women's Adviser over a group of girls between the ages of 14 and 16. These girls are some of the most amazing people I know. They're testimonies and strength are a constant amazement to me. Having the opportunity to work so closely with young girls at such a vital time in their lives, the same time that I began my own struggle, is hard and rewarding. Being able to help comfort, aid and rejoice with these wonderful young women gives me the hope that maybe they won't make all of the same mistakes I did and that the wisdom that I have gained will continue to be passed on through them.