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Hi I'm Ann

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints when I was turning 35. I was divorced with a 5year old daughter, and had just finished graduate school in nursing. Forty years later I am remarried, retired for 20 years, and enjoy being a grandmother and wife. My days are really full, getting up early to walk and garden, then finding there is never enough time to do everything I'd like to do. I took piano lessons for several years, trying to recoup my teenage ability. That was lots of fun. I have recently learned to can bread and butter pickles, tomatoes, peaches, and jam. I enjoy the many opportunities for service that the Relief Society provides,being a visitng teacher to a sweet "sister" who is on hospice, two women who have "few friends", and helping my husband visit 5 widows and a widower, each month. One of my greatest pleasures has come from doing my Family History; discovering my ancestors and thinking about them; their difficult lives, thei life they have brought me.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was about 33, a divorce left me with a precious 2/12 yr. old daughter and many questions. " Why had this happened to me?"; " What do I do now?"; and "Is Jesus really the Christ or was I just taught to believe that?" I wanted to study religion, but realized I needed to focus on improving my ability to provide for my daughter. I applied to graduate school in nursing, having no money and having been out of college for 12 years. Surprisingly I was offered a full pay scholarship for just the field I was most interested in, with a living allowance included! I understood later that the Lord was guiding me toward finding my answers. While I was studying nursing, I continued to ponder the question about the existence of Christ, and found my answer after reading B.F. Skinner's book Walden Two. I realized the society he described failed because it lacked Christ's teachings at its core; that Christ is "the truth and the way" I was searching for. As I struggled an advisor suggested "perhaps my Church can help you" and when I asked what that was, she said Mormon. I found the Church Visitor Center and there felt deeply moved by the presentation featuring the apostacy ; and was especially moved by the vision young Joseph Smith had when he asked which Church to join. The missionaries taught me how to pray directly to God in the name of Jesus Christ and I was amazed that I could receive anwers from Heavenly Father about questions on issues of belief. As I read the Book of Mormon I was pleased to learn about baptism at the age of accountability (8 years and up). It made such sense to me, as did the knowledge of baptism by proxy in the Temple for those not having had the opportunity. I must have read the Book of Mormon about 6 times in about 2 months, finding so much there. I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know we have a prophet on the earth today to guide us!

How I live my faith

I am now a Temple Worker, so I enjoy feeling closer to "heaven" at least twice a week. I enjoy our Sunday meetings; Sacrament Meeting, Adult Sunday School called Gospel Doctrine, and the organization for women. I used to feel a bit frustrated when I participated in some "clubs for women" that were somewhat exclusive, before I joined the Church. Now I have that lovely "society of women" that is open to anyone who would like to participate. I feel so much love and "sisterhood" there. I like the open discussion in our Sunday School class. I still make it a point to read the Book of Mormon everyday along with the Bible. I gain spiritual strength and guidance each time I read, which amazes me. I find answers to my prayers still a marvelous wonder. I have faith that the Lord will help me learn to love as He does, because He does help me. I do enjoy working outdoors, and participate in a community improvement planting program once a year, digging holes and planting plants.