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Hi I'm Annette

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and Mother of 3 children. I am in my late 40s. My husband is a recent convert to the church. He comes from a very difficult background and has struggled with addictions most of his life. Although he still battles some Word of Wisdom problems, the has a very strong testimony of Jesus Christ and is working on increasing his testimony of the gospel in a daily basis. He is a wonderful man who has always supported me in my beliefs and is starting to expand his own. My husband and I adopted our 3 children when they were 5, 7 and 9-years-old. My children come from a background of unbelievable abuse and neglect. They are smart and beautiful, but have a lot of demons to work through, needless to say I am getting pretty good and learning how to "work the system" to get my children the help they need. We still have a long way to go, but we have faith that these children can grow to have happy healthy adulthood's. We will never stop trying to get them all the help they need, the greatest of these being patience and love.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born and raised in the church, I have made the conscience decision to remain an member. When I was in my late teens and early 20s, all my friends were non-LDS. They were and are still wonderful people, but I could see that through my beliefs, I have so much more peace in my life. Trials come to all of us and knowing that I am not alone, and that I CAN handle what I have been given, even when it feels like I can't, brings me a great deal of peace. To quote a great leader "All we have to fear is fear itself". I have learned that the opposite of fear is faith. I have learned that we truly have nothing to fear from life. Of course you can't walk in front of a bus and "have faith" that God is going to save you, that is just silly, but when you think of all the bad things that can happen: The loss of a child, severe health issues, financial difficulties, infidelity, etc. Although none of these things would be pleasant and some would be devastating, with faith, we can come out the other side of such trials with peace and a greater understanding our our Father in Heavens love for us. Some will say that those of us that have religion are using it as a crutch, that we are looking for something to make life easier. I disagree. I believe that it is easier to not believe in anything at all. It is only when you make the effort to believe in something greater than yourself, will you find true peace and happiness.

How I live my faith

Being the old lady that I am, I have had the opportunity to serve in many ways over the years, but the work I have done the most, and love dearly is working in the children's organization of the church, the Primary. I have been a primary teacher, an nursery teacher (for children 18 months to 3 years) and am currently the music leader for the Primary. Working with these precious children helps me to remember what I need to strive for. The innocence and humility these beautiful children possess. I have also worked in the youth (12-18-years-old) and the women's organizations. As well as being a leader in physical preparedness (having a year supply of food, 72-hour emergency kits, etc.) I am a visiting teacher and have the privilege of going with another gal to visit three other ladies in our church each month. It is a wonderful opportunity to become acquainted with people that you may otherwise not have had a chance to get to know. I also enjoy singing in several church choirs.