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Hi I'm Annmarie

I am a single mom of four children that I homeschool. I work as a writer and help create websites. I love to sing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single mom of four children. My favorite thing is being their mom. I work hard to provide for, raise, and homeschool them. When I have free time....Oh wait, I don't. But, every once in a while I squeeze in playing my violin because I love it so much. I provide for my children by working as a freelance writer, helping create websites, tutoring, selling Kyani, and having a part time job at a recording studio. Most of my work I can do at home, which is important to me so I can still be my children's mother. I have a passion for learning, reading, writing, and classical music. I have a dream of writing lots of novels and scripture studies. I'm slowly meeting my goal, but I have to squeeze it in between all my "paying work".

Why I am a Mormon

I actually became a Mormon while trying to convert someone AWAY from Mormonism. My old church taught that Mormonism was a cult, and I was afraid my friend was going to hell. So during three intense and traumatic years of study, I realized that my friend wasn't deceived, I was. Joseph Smith did indeed restore the gospel. I say intense because I would spend at least two hours a day in study, and traumatic because it turned my life upside down. I was excommunicated, lost my marriage, my means of financial support, and every friend I had ever had. If you want to read about my conversion, which is too long to print here, you can find it on my blog www.annmarieathome.blogspot.com. There is a section on the right entitled "How I Became Mormon". Even though my life turned upside down as a result of becoming Mormon, if I had to do it all over again, I would. I believe this is the restored gospel. I love my faith. I would love to talk to you about it sometime.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday through studying my Scriptures and prayer. I want to know Heavenly Father and what He wants me to do. My children and I also study together. Currently at church I am privileged to serve in several roles. I am the choir director, which is pretty self explanitory. I'm also the music director, which means I oversee other music related events at church. In addition to my musical responsibilities I get to teach a class of women that meet together on Sunday mornings after the main service. I am also assigned three women a month to visit and teach. I love getting to know them and seeing if they have any needs that can be met. My final responsibility at church is to serve on the compassionate service committee. This committee seeks to make sure all the temporal and spiritual needs of our dear members are met. That may sound like a lot, but I don't feel whole if I'm not getting to serve. If they gave me more responsibilities, it would thrill my soul.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Annmarie
No. Not one Mormon is required to serve a mission, but all are welcome to do so. There are several opportunities to serve missions. Young men are encouraged to serve a mission when they turn 19, though none are disparaged if they choose not to. Young women are allowed to serve when they turn 21. Mission work is not limited to the young folks though. Anyone can serve a mission, that meets the minimum age requirements, when they feel led to do so. We have many missionaries that are retired senior adults. There are also middle aged men and women, as well as married couples serving. Because no missionary is paid for their service, many wait until their retirement years because they are currently providing for a family. Once they apply for a mission service opportunity, the church leadership spends much time in prayer regarding where to send them. No missionary's calling is made lightly, and people willingly serve wherever they are assigned. Generally their assignment will be anywhere from 18 months to 2 years. While on their mission, they are considered to be representatives of both the Lord and the Church. It is both a hefty responsibility and a tremendous privilege. Show more Show less