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Hi I'm Annette

I'm a stay at home mother of eight children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a teenager I was constantly performing and receiving praise and recognition for my achievements and talents. After I won a state scholarship pageant I was asked to define my future goals in preparation for the national competition. I decided that I would pursue a career that would keep me in the limelight. However, I found that public praise was short lived and left me feeling empty and jealous of others. After I married I found that lasting peace and joy came from caring for my husband and children. I now have eight children, something I would never have imagined in my youth. My life is so rich and fulfilling as a mother.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Mormon so the gospel was always a part of my life. However, as an adult I had to decide if I really believed the teachings of my youth. I believe that God communicates with me through warm, comforting feelings and through thoughts that come into my mind. When I participate in church meetings, read the scriptures and pray, I have those feelings and impressions that what I am doing are good and right. I have a testimony that my God is my father and that Jesus Christ is his son. I have a testimony that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he restored the church of Jesus Christ to the earth. I believe that Joseph translated the Book of Mormon and that it is a record of an ancient people that is meant for us to learn from today. I believe that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet today who speaks with God and leads His church. The happiest times in my life are associated with serving people and sharing my love of Christ with them.

How I live my faith

My husband and I seek to live the gospel in our home and to teach it to our children. We do this by beginning each day with family scripture study at 6:00 a.m. We start by singing a hymn we are learning, recite a scripture we are memorizing, then read a page from the scriptures. We end by kneeling in family prayer. It's a short but effective way to bring the spirit of God into our home and start our day right. We also end each day by gathering our children together in family prayer. In addition, I set aside some time each day to read in the scriptures alone and ponder and pray about things that concern me. I am a leader of the local women's group in our church. I spend several hours each week coordinating the service these women do for each other and preparing for our Sunday meeting where we gather to have a lesson and support each other in living the gospel of Jesus Christ.