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Hi I'm Anna

I love writing & illustrating, I love my family, and I love my Savior!

About Me

I have both the most rewarding and most challenging job in the world. I am a mother. Raising three energetic boys is the hardest thing I've ever done, and at times is quite frustrating (Mike Rowe should come do a “Dirty Jobs” episode at my house featuring the difficulty of potty-training a stubborn little boy). But despite the challenges, I love being a mother! There's nothing like having your newborn smile at you for the first time, or pretending to be the tickle monster and chasing three contagiously laughing boys through the house. I have found such happiness and joy in having a family. Ever since I was little I've loved drawing stories. I would illustrate my own life experiences through a drawn alter-ego which happened to be a moose. I went on to study painting and fine art in college, but over the years, have found myself being pulled back to my love of autobiographical illustration. When I can find spare time between changing diapers, reading Dr Seuss books, and picking cheerios up off the floor, I enjoy writing about and illustrating my humorous experiences of parenthood.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family, and have a rich heritage in the faith. My parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents were all Church members who taught their children the gospel from a very young age. Through their teachings, my parents helped me to recognize the Holy Spirit, gain a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel, and learn the importance of serving others. As a young adult I went through some personal and family trials. I struggled with depression and I slowly stopped reading the scriptures, praying, and going to church. I was so unhappy. After a time I realized there was an absence in my life (the gospel!) and I wasn't moving forward. I needed my Heavenly Father's help to get my act together. Through a lot of prayer and study, and the support of my loving Savior, I was able to get through my troubles. I know that Jesus Christ loves each of us immeasurably and will help us lift our burdens if we will turn to him. My great-grandpa always told me, "The secret to happiness is living the gospel." I've come to find that to be true! When I keep the commandments, diligently study the scriptures, follow the counsel of our prophet, serve others, and communicate with my loving Heavenly Father through prayer there is peace in my heart, happiness in my home, and I have a clarity of mind and ability to focus on what matters most.

How I live my faith

Every day I make time to study the scriptures and pray to my Heavenly Father. It is through prayer that I talk to my Eternal Father and through my reading the scriptures that he communicates with me. When I study and ponder the scriptures (and especially the Book of Mormon) I find answers to my questions and problems. Making time each day to do these two simple acts recharges my mind and spirit. I also make time to be together as a family each day. Families are central to the Gospel. The Church places strong emphasis on families and building strong family relationships. My husband and I teach our children the gospel and we make the effort every day to spend quality time together. President Uchtdorf reminds us that “in family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e.” Service is of great importance in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. President Thomas S. Monson said, “We are the Lord's hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children. He is dependent upon each of us.” In the Church we are each given callings or responsibilities, from Sunday school teachers of both adults and children to piano players to bishops to choristers to nursery workers to librarians. There aren't callings that are more important than others - as they are all vital to carrying forward the Lord's work. I've had a variety of callings, each of which has required a degree of commitment and willingness to serve. Serving in the Church has helped me build upon my testimony, become a more selfless individual, and at the same time get to know many wonderful people.