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Hi I'm Anita

I am a home-centered woman. I am dedicated to families: my own and others. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a home-centered woman. I am a mother of eight children and grandmother to twenty-five grandchildren. I am passionate about family. I was raised in a loving family and dreamed of my own family some day. Growing up I thought I would never be able to have children because I was born with a defective heart valve. In the midst of my child rearing I had open heart surgery to replace that valve. I was blessed with a full recovery. I love having family around me! My husband and I have been married over 40 years. I loved my parents and grandparents. As part of the 'sandwich generation', I have had the opportunity to help with some light care giving for my father and my mother-in-law. One of my favorite hobbies is cooking. I have learned to cook for large crowds because of the size of my family. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because I get to prepare a lot of favorite foods and share the meal and gratitude for the blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, for my country, my health, my family, and all that has happened in life throughout the year. The last two years I have battled ovarian cancer. Between chemo and surgeries my food/cooking habits had to change. I am now back to real cooking and enjoying my recovery . . . and every day is Thanksgiving!

Why I am a Mormon

At first I attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it was close to home, and my parents thought baptism and some religious background was important. They never forced it. I only went to church when I wanted to. I had friends of other Christian faiths. I investigated a few of them. They all seemed good; each a little different, but based on Bible teaching. At some point I realized that Mormons were not a 'protestant' church. As I grew into my teens, I studied more of the Book of Mormon, the Bible, religious history as well as some philosophy. Many people touched my life on these points. I became very confused in religious history and philosophies. As I studied the Book of Mormon and The Holy Bible, there came into my heart, peace, clarity, love and a strong conviction of truth. Personal prayer, church attendance, and striving to live the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ myself solidified my conviction into a sure knowledge of truth. Growing up in the 60's was a time and era when drugs, promiscuity and rebellion flourished. I personally saw the strength that came from a loving family and blessings of gospel living. I learned for myself that God hears and answers prayer. I learned from scripture study that I would be blessed and helped in life if I followed God's plan. I have been given strength beyond my own to make many corrections in my life and strive to do what I know is true and right. I have been guided through the challenge of raising my family, through tough financial times, through poor health situations. I have come to know the Savior more personally through these challenges. I know God knows me personally, and They love me dearly. Someday I will live with Them again.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities for Christ-like service as I strive to live my faith. I have worked with young children, teaching them stories from The Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon. I have worked with youth, ages 12-18, likewise teaching the commandments and principles of truth, hoping to be an instrument in the Lord's hand to help them make good decisions in their lives. I have also worked in welfare situations with women. I have tried to encourage good family ideals, and I have cried with many single women who have been divorced, abused, or abandoned. Most of my experiences have been through church service, as well as in family and community efforts. I love the example of our Savior Jesus Christ, who went about doing good. I believe that living my faith begins with me in my home, then spreads to serving and helping others. Raising eight children was great practice in patience, 24 hour a day service, endurance from diapers through school years, teen struggles and onto marriages and grandchildren. I have been blessed with support from a loving husband at my side to help me. We taught our children to love their Heavenly Father and to pray. We shared family nights with laughter and tears, angry and sad times; we went to church together, we ate meals together. This gave us all the opportunity to strive to be more Christ-like in our lives. It was excellent preparation to thank God for His blessings; to render service for His purposes, and to learn to love one another.