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Hi I'm Annie

I'm a Mormon. I was baptized when I was 9 years old.

About Me

I love to camp, hike, spend time with my best friend (my husband) and enjoy family activities. I have been a preschool teacher and worked in a high school for 15 years, before I met my husband and started working at our business. We have a very successful business, our company manufactures electric guitar products (starts with raw wood and ends with a beautiful guitar neck or body), we sell them all over the world. Our company employs 55 people, so this keeps my husband very busy. I love taking pictures so every year I get the family together and take many pictures, then I make a photo book of the years activities and give it for Christmas. I plan to take classes on photography and continue educating myself on the art of photography, it is one of my passions. Between my husband and myself we have 6 children, all are married with families of their own. When we have family gatherings we have well over 30 people in our home, it's wonderful and wild. I absolutely LOVE being Granny Annie, Grandma, Mom, and Wife. Our grandchildren are such great blessings, I enjoy every moment I have with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the joy I receive from living the gospel is something to experience. Through trials and challenges, I can know with certainty that the Lord is with me, helping me, understanding my hardships, and giving me comfort when I need it. I am able to learn through the challenges and not have them cripple me, emotionally or spiritually. I have a sister who disappeared when she was 15 years old, it was devastating for our family, her remains were located 9 years later. I can't imagine going through that experience without the knowledge that the Lords knows all and has taken care of her. The fact that she is with the Lord and we will see her again is a great comfort. I know it is only a short time that separates us when someone we love dies, the reunion will be wonderful. Blending families is not easy, I make this a high priority in my life, I try very hard to include past spouses, it helps the children heal, and see that it can be a blessing for everyone. Forgiveness is the key, it opens up the ability to give and serve those who have wronged you. It's an amazing thing, forgiveness, you feel lighter, more content and complete. The person who wronged you has no affect on you and all those sad or bad feelings go away. It takes time, prayer and patience but well worth the work of truly forgiving that person.

How I live my faith

I teach the young women of our congregation ages 14 and 15, I love this. I enjoy teaching them about their Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and the love they have for each individual girl. I help them to understand Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know them, knows their name, knows the challenges they face and is there for them always. I have helped in many other capacities in the church, I have been the bear boy scout leader, organized activities and dinners for the congregation (that was a big undertaking), mostly I am with the young women, I love working with teenage youth. Ever year the girls go to camp for a week, I have spent many many weeks at girls camp, so fun. I try be friendly to my neighbors and those I meet, I worked in a high school for years, it allowed me to touch lives of others and help in ways I would not have had an opportunity to otherwise.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Annie
I want my family with me forever, I am grateful for the knowledge that my family can be a forever family. I once read about a mother, who passed away, and on her headstone it said "no empty chairs". I tell all our children, I want no empty chairs. I like to think of getting to be with Jesus Christ again like this; work hard to get yourself there and then bring along as many others as you can. When I get to heaven, I want it to be a great celebration with all my family and friends too. Heaven would not be heaven with just myself, I know the Lords great plan of happiness includes bringing families together forever. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Annie
A testimony is a knowledge of something you know to be true, you receive the confirmation of the truthfulness through personal prayer and study, the confirmation is given to you through the Holy Ghost, usually in the form of a "feeling"or "sensation" in your heart and soul (spirit). You may hear things that sound good and not really believe or fully understand what is being taught, this is where the prayer and studying comes in so you can find out for yourself whether it is true or not. A testimony is a wonderful gift to have, unanswered questions can be answered. Show more Show less