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Hi I'm Annie

I help children who can't communicate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a speech-language pathologist, which means I help people who have communication disorders such as autism, Down Syndrome, language disorders, learning disabilities, hearing loss, and speech errors. My students are in preschool and elementary school. I help them learn how to speak, listen, read, write, and get along with others. It's so cool to see them gain new skills and be able to communicate and learn more effectively. I have lots of hobbies and interests! First, my best friend is deaf, so I use American Sign Language to communicate with her. I love to sign, and I'm helping other people at church and in the community learn how to sign. I also LOVE to ski. Love it! I live not too far from some ski sites on the East Coast of the US, and you will find me there after work and on the weekends throughout the winter. This year I want to teach skiing. Hopefully I'm good enough! And I love to read, especially biographies and nonfiction. It's so interesting to learn about different people and perspectives. I love the beach! Total beach bum here. I'll hang out in the water and on the sand all day--all summer if I could. Body surfing and boogie boarding and awesome. Wish I could surf! Music is another hobby of mine. I can play the piano, and I want to learn to play the guitar. One new hobby of mine is family history. I found out that one guy came to this country alone at 11 years of age. Nobody to help him, and he couldn't even speak English. Wow.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know the church is true. My parents became Mormons not too long before they had me, so I grew up going to this church. But I feel like I was converted as an adult, as well. When I graduated high school and went to college, I knew the church was true, but I was sort of wishy-washy or unmotivated about it. Imagine: an unmotivated college student. When I was 22, I read the Book of Mormon. I had read it before in pieces or a few chapters here and there, but I had never read it cover to cover. When I did, I knew that it was true. And it made me want to read more about Jesus! I read the New Testament that summer, too. I just wanted to follow Jesus. I'm so glad that I made that choice, because my life is much happier. When I pray, I know that he listens, because things work out for me in ways that are so amazing. Not that life is super easy, it's just better. And that's why I continue to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I usually am teaching or playing a keyboard-based instrument at church. ;) I also interpret sign language, which is what I am currently doing in my ward. I also teach a weekly class helping others learn to sign. And I participate in the choir, singing alto. I really enjoy choir. I love my ward! (Wards are like parishes.) I moved five months ago, so I have not been in this ward long, but I have already made a lot of friends.