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Hi I'm Ann

I came from Sweden to the United States as a young woman and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, mother of 6, grandmother of 19 and great-grandmother of 1. I grew up in Sweden and came to the United States at age 21. I appreciate my adopted country and its freedoms very much and like to stay informed and involved in the political process. Some of the things I enjoy doing is gardening, especially growing vegetables. I like to read, mostly non-fiction, and I enjoy working with papers and organize, it took me a while to convert to using a computer, but now I enjoy that too. Another of my interests is Family History research. When I was younger I enjoyed getting away by going camping and traveling. Now I like staying home.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a child, my mother, who was raised in a religious home, was searching for answers and as the Mormon missionaries came knocking on our door she invited them in. I remember the lessons they taught and I, as young as I was, knew in my heart that what they told us was true. So did my mother. It took years before we received my father's permission to be baptized. When all I wanted for Christmas one year was to be baptized my father could no longer say no. How grateful I am for all that life has brought because of my membership in Christ's church. I feel His love every day. I love Him and I am so grateful for His atoning sacrifice. It is comforting to know, when life's trials come, that He has suffered it all and He understands. I know trials are there to make us stronger. When I look back at my life it is not the trials that stand out, but the blessings. The opportunities, the friendships, the sweet comfort of the Holy Ghost, the constant encouragement from the Scriptures and instruction from leaders. My heart is full of gratitude that the missionaries found us and that my mother was prepared to listen. The scriptures tell us that there would be a falling away from Christ's church and there would have to be a restoration of all things before Christ returns. I know that this has happened, that Christ today leads His church through living Prophets and Apostles. If you read this I hope you too will listen.

How I live my faith

As I have lived a long time I have had many opportunities to serve in the church. I have worked with children, youth and women. I have served as a librarian, as family history consultant and as a missionary. Before I left Sweden I served as a full-time missionary. Each calling has helped me grow and learn. Right now my husband and I regularly visit several women who do not have husbands. We also visit an inmate at a state prison. I and another woman also visit a couple of married women. Every one in the church has visits from two sets of fellow members at least on a monthly basis. My husband and I have also been asked to help leaders and members know the many ways the LDS Family Services can assist families and individuals. They help birth mothers and adoptive parents, they provide counseling and they arrange addiction related 12-step programs.