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Hi I'm Anna

I'm a Wife and Mother to three Children, Creativity is my passion and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I served a mission to teach others about my church and beliefs in the Colorado Denver Mission. I had experiences there and met people that changed my life forever. I have been married to my husband for 22 years and we have three beautiful children who are learning and growing every day. I work from my home office for an Internet company for the past 17 years, enabling me to also be a stay-at-home mom, just double busy! I love to take pictures, scrapbook, and dabble in desktop publishing and photo editing. I also love to cook and find ways to save money by making things from scratch, from making bread and homemade blackberry jam to homemade laundry detergent and shampoo. I volunteer in the women's organization of my church and have learned many life lessons through my service and commitment.

Why I am a Mormon

I know my Father in Heaven loves me, this fact has been reaffirmed to me time and time again. Being a good person and trying to 'do the right thing' is not always easy, but my church asks me to have high morals and standards for myself. We follow Christ and His example. In this modern-day world, it is so easy to feel lost, alone and afraid. Belonging to a church that values Christs' teachings and has a living prophet gives me what I need to navigate through the difficult times our world faces. I will always remember how my family and I felt after the attacks at the World Trade Center, The Pentagon and the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11th, 2001. Our hearts went out to all those families that were affected by the great loss of life. We did not lose anyone close to us that day, but life was still uncertain, we felt new-found fear and wondered if things would get worse before they got better. In October 2001, at our church's General Conference in Salt Lake City - our Prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley shared these thoughts with us as we were sorrowful over the loss of life and the continuing search at the Twin Towers: “I need not remind you that we live in perilous times, Now, I do not wish to be an alarmist. I do not wish to be a prophet of doom. I am optimistic. I do not believe the time is here when an all-consuming calamity will overtake us. I earnestly pray that it may not. There is so much of the Lord’s work yet to be done. We, and our children after us, must do it.” “There is no need to fear. We can have peace in our hearts and peace in our homes. We can be an influence for good in this world, every one of us.” “Now, today, we are faced with particular problems, serious and consuming and difficult and of great concern to us. Surely we have need for the Lord. Our safety lies in the virtue of our lives. Our strength lies in our righteousness. God has made it clear that if we will not forsake Him, He will not forsake us."

How I live my faith

I strive to be true to myself every day. I strive to be centered, non-judgmental and helpful to others. Refinement is a life-long process that I hope to have the patience to complete and the faith to believe that I am much more than I can ever imagine. I know Heavenly Father has great trust in each of us and expects that we will help each other in our quest of personal refinement and pure love. I stand for truth, righteousness, every thing that brings us closer to Christ, experiences that bring me closer to Christ and a greater understanding of His gift of sacrifice and grace. I do not want to waste or throw away that gift, but rather build upon it, embrace it and use it in my life as He intended. Some have asked me why I would belong to a church that requires so much of it's members - so much sacrifice, loss of free time, our health code, etc. My church helps me become a better person. It's okay to show up just as you are, but to start there and improve and refine is such a great blessing and in the end - you feel better about yourself and who you are becoming. And my family. There is so much to love about my family, and the church has taught truths that bind my family closer together. We have purpose, knowledge and strength in our union, we are a united front. Our heritage contains Mormon pioneer and convert blood, the will to forge onward and the excitement to receive blessings anew. My grandmothers left a legacy of courage, strength and faith. My mother and sister are examples of faith in action and never-failing love. My husband and children are my greatest gifts, I will be forever grateful for them. I am privileged to be on life's journey with them and so blessed that we can learn and grow together as a family. I have learned my greatest life lessons with my husband, who is also my best friend. We have experienced many difficulties, but we are stronger, wiser and closer to each other than ever before. We are blessed, By. Love.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Anna
We live in a beautiful corner of the world complete with mountains, lakes, rivers and trees, millions of trees. I marvel at the beauty that Heavenly Father has created for us to enjoy and inspire us. We can commune through nature, through meditation and prayer. And when we do, we can feel a shift in consciousness, a deeper level and connection to God, our Father. I love that feeling. I am so grateful to know we are not alone, this is not all there is, that this is NOT as good as it gets... it gets better and I want all that Heavenly Father has to offer me, my family and friends. Show more Show less