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Hi I'm Annette

I am married to a great man, a "Mom" of 4, and a "Grammie" to 11 beautiful children and 2 dogs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the heartland of the Mormon church and graduated from a university there. My husband and I are the parents of three sons and one daughter and the Papa and Grammie to eleven wonderful grandchildren and two large dogs. We love our family and greatly enjoy the times we can be together! I have always loved art, interior design, and home building, and many are the years spent in these endeavors. We have lived in the hot desert for most of our married lives, and the summers have never been my favorite. Yes, it may be dry heat, but it is heat just the same. My favorite place to be from May to October is near the ocean. It has been a wonderful experience to summer in such a lovely place. It is true that anything grows in this climate, and I have loved growing large and fragrant roses in our garden. I like being in the outdoors there. I love to walk along the water and ride my bike in the cool, moist air. We lead a very busy and active life, including a lot of travel and great fun with our family. Our lives have been richly blessed!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active Mormon family in the center of a Mormon community. For many years I attended church and church related activities because that is what my family did and I followed along. I was always very happy with this decision. I had a wonderful family and extended family and many friends. They were all Mormons. When I graduated from high school I decided to go to the local university where there were members of the church, but also many who were not. At this time in my life, it became apparent to me that my choice to be an active member of the Mormon faith was one of the most important and blessed decisions I had ever made. I gained many more friends, but this time they were not all members of the church. I had personal choices to make every day--choices that would determine the future path my life would follow. Suddenly I was now exposed to many ways of the world and activities that were not in line with the things I had been taught as a child. It became my personal choice at this time to follow the teachings of my youth or to join with some of my friends in alternative actions. I made the decision that I could have many friends of all faiths, but that I would follow the teachings of Jesus Christ as I chose the path for my life. I valued my education and my college experiences greatly, but I had personal goals beyond them which included a temple marriage and eventually a family. I have never regretted following the example of our Savior and being an active member of His church. I feel that this decision has brought great blessings and joy to my life. That is not to say that there haven't been difficulties, but I know through these trials I have grown greatly as a woman. I feel my Savior's love for me, and I am very blessed to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My love for and faith in my Savior is most significant in my life. The gospel of Jesus Christ has brought great joy and happiness to me and my family. I know that my Savior loves me personally and that He atoned for all our sins. Through His atonement, it is possible for me to gain eternal life--and that is the ultimate goal of my existence. I have a wonderful family. We have tried to be a good example to them and instill in them the teachings of our Savior, that all of us may one day be an eternal family. I have been involved in family history work, finding my family members who have come before me, since I was a teenager. For the past five decades I have sought out these ancestors and had their temple work done for them so they, too, might enjoy the blessings and fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Being a Mormon offers great opportunities to serve others. Whether it be through meals, the service of time and talents, or the gift of genuine friendship, we have many opportunities to give back to the community and to help individuals in their personal time of need. Through this service, I feel that I have become closer to my Savior and that I am doing exactly what he would want me to do. One of the most cherished experiences of my life is the opportunity my husband and I now have to love and watch over a group of 200 Mormon university students at our nearby university. He serves as the bishop of one of the university wards, and together our hearts have been so touched by the kindness and strength that these young adults show, and for the valiant choices they are making. Our lives have indeed been blessed by this great opportunity of service. I am so grateful for the teachings of Jesus Christ in my life. They have indeed become the pattern I have tried to follow and through Him, I know that I am indeed blessed. I love my Savior, and my ability to communicate with Him each day, and I am so very thankful to be a member of His church on this earth.