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Hi I'm Ann

"I belong to the Church to Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I believe in our Savior, Jesus Christ. I strive to follow Him.

About Me

At this point in my life, I am a wife, a mother of six, and a grandmother of ten. My favorite thing to do has always been having fun with and teaching my children ... and now my grandchildren too. I want to create memorable experiences and reserves of love. I graduated from Brigham Young University as a registered nurse and worked for many years, focusing my experience in pediatrics and mother/baby care. My hobbies have varied through the years ... making egg ornaments, photography, cooking, sewing, crafts, counted cross stitch, scrapbooking, ocean kayaking, gardening, hiking, biking, snorkeling, reading. There is seldom enough time. I love rocks and geology. I am presently totally involved with researching my Danish genealogy and indulge in it at every opportunity.

Why I am a Mormon

I think I have always believed in Jesus Christ. Since I was a small child I have felt this to be true. I felt His love and believed He was my Savior. I always wanted to do what was right... it was not hard for me. When I was in High School in Columbus, Ohio, a missionary asked me if I knew that Jesus was my Savior. It bothered me that I only believed... so that night I prayed to know if Jesus was truly the Savior and Redeemer of the world, or if He was just a teacher, a prophet, a man with great philosophies for living. As I lay in bed thinking about it, all other ideas left my mind and I KNEW that Jesus is our Savior, the literal Son of God! I felt it with a strong conviction in my mind and in my heart. There were no doubts. Another experience at this time in my life also filled me with a strong testimony of Christ. I was reading the Book of Mormon and praying to know if it testified of Christ and if it held the truths of His Gospel. Each day I gained a stronger knowledge and testimony of Jesus Christ through the writings and teachings of the prophets of the Book of Mormon. I know that God and His Son Jesus Christ live and love me.... and you. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I studied and prayed and came to a knowledge of the truths of the Gospel of Christ for myself. I have lived by it's precepts and teachings and my life has been blessed overwhelmingly. I know this is His Church.

How I live my faith

The Gospel of Jesus Christ defines my life. I try to live the teachings of His Gospel in all I do and serve my fellow sojourners on this earth. Through the years I have worked in and been president of many church organizations: the teenagers, the children, the women. I have enjoyed teaching the Gospel in word and song. I even taught early morning seminary for 5 years. Recently I was chorister for the children's organization on Sundays. It was so fun. When my children were in school, I volunteered in their classrooms and was active in the PTSA as committee chairs and vice presidents, worked in the Girl Scout and Boys Scout organizations and volunteered in sports and community theatre. There are so many ways to serve the Lord and help each other and the community. At the present time I am the president of the women's organization of our church in our area. I also help in the temple in Spokane and volunteer as a family history consultant at the local genealogy library. I have enjoyed every opportunity to serve the Lord and His children.

In whom should we have faith?

Ann
We should have complete faith in our Savior Jesus Christ. Through His grace and atonement we can overcome all sorrows, fears, illness and trials in our lives. I know that He lives and that we need to turn to Him and make Him a constant part of our lives. "I can do all things through Jesus Christ." Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Ann
God has ordained that men hold the Priesthood and act in the name of Christ and under His direction to bless and serve others and preside over His Church. As a counterpart as a woman I have had many opportunities to lead in Christ's Church and bless the lives of others also. I have been the President of the Relief Society which is the women's organization, the Primary, which is the children's organization, and the young women's (teenage girls') organization. I have overseen programs, taught classes, and given prayers and talks in church meeting. I do not covet the responsibilities of the Priesthood as I have equal opportunities to serve. Show more Show less