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Hi I'm Annette Mackey

I'm an author. I'm a musician. I'm a mother, wife, and friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a music teacher and award winning author. I've also written two musicals, both of which were performed in Boise, Idaho. You can find more information about me on my website, http://www.annettemackey.com.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was growing up south of Seattle, some people had strange ideas about what it meant to be a Mormon. In fact, there were many time when other kids made fun of me for my religion. To be honest, some of those situations were very painful. So, you might wonder why I would want to write this. Here's what it comes down to. Mormons are people, just like everybody else. More often than not, they are hard working, caring, supportive, and kind. Sure, there are a few rotten eggs out there making the rest of us look bad. But they are the exceptions to the rule. I love going to church. Its like attending a giant support group. The people in my ward are my closest friends. I know they truly care about me, and I care about them. So, when we had to move, I was pretty broken up. Even so, I also knew that I could count on the church to be there for me wherever we went. I knew the people in my new ward would welcome me into their lives and I would have an instant set of new friends. In fact, I began to feel sorry for non-Mormons because they have no such network. I ask you, why are these people so kind, so friendly, so generous? I know the reason. They are trying to grow closer to the Savior; live as he would live, befriend others as he did through service one to another. That's what I want to become; kinder, gentler, and a little more understanding. Though most people are unaware, Mormons give constantly to those not of our faith. Children in Africa, children everywhere, hurricane victims, tsunami victims, orphans in forgotten countries, flood victims, tornado victims; the Mormons always are there. I can't tell you how many hygiene kits, school supply kits, mittens, quilts, blankets, etc, my ward has sent to Salt Lake for distribution. From there, the church send the supplies all over the world. The Savior said, "As I have loved you, love one another." That is what it means to be a Mormon. Though we don't always measure up, that is what we are striving for.

How I live my faith

The church teaches us to get involved in our communities. I guess I really took that to heart years ago when I started volunteering in the public schools. Like other mothers, I worked my schedule into knots so that I could find a way to help. Sometimes it was difficult, but I know I made a difference to the kids. When my children got older, I developed such a good relationship with the choir teacher and students that I began helping for about two or three hours almost every day. It was great to see the students grow. I helped them put on musicals and accompanied them when the pieces were too difficult for the students to play. Had I not been there, so many of them would have performed their solos/small duets at festivals without any personal instruction or accompaniment. I found it fulfilling to get involved in their lives, both during and after school hours. I also enjoy working with the members in my area. Being in a ward (congregation) is like having an extended family. The Visiting Teaching program works as a friendship network. We all are assigned a few ladies to keep track of, visit, and become friends. I can honestly say I've met some of my closest friends this way. It's been great to have that one on one interaction. Wow. It sounds like we Mormons are busy, and must spend a great deal of effort pulling out our hair. It's true. We get a little overzealous at times. But when I sit back and think about it, I'm so grateful for the church. It's the reason I became a mother. It's the reason I got married. As a strong willed young woman, were it not for the church, I might have missed out on some of the best parts of life. Looking back now, I would give everything I've ever had to be a mother. I'm so glad I didn't pass on that. And as for my career, I'm working fulltime. Between my publishing company and private music lessons, I certainly don't feel like I missed anything. In fact, I feel so very, very lucky.