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Hi I'm Anell

I grew up in Idaho. I'm a teacher, a mother, and a grandmother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in farm country in Southern Idaho. It was a very small community. My graduating class had only 23 students. After graduating from college I taught secondary school for two years, served as a missionary for a year and a half, then worked for a school supply store before getting married. I love being outside. Gardening, hiking, playing, reading, swimming are all fun outdoor activities. I play and teach the piano and the organ. I enjoy substitute teaching for our school district. This allows me to stay involved with young people. I have five children and one grandchild.

Why I am a Mormon

As I have watched families struggle to help their children in some very trying times, I have noticed that families who live the Gospel of Jesus Christ are able to maintain better communication and better relationships with their teenage children. The principles and programs of the Gospel of Jesus Christ help young people better understand who they are and the potential they truly have as children of God. My children have spoken to me of the spirit of peace and love that exists in our home. I respond that it is because we have consistently tried to follow the Savior and the programs of His church that we have developed good relationships. We still have trials and problems, but through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are able to work through and overcome these problems. I am grateful for the Gospel principles that have helped us raise children, instilling in them good values, a love of learning, love of serving others, and an understanding that they are children of a loving Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I am currently teaching an adult Sunday School class within my ward. I also have the opportunity to visit sisters in my congregation for whom I have a special responsibility. I have taught children and youth. As a member of the Church's women's organization, I have had the opportunity to plan activities, organize meetings, and prepare learning experiences for women. I play the piano and organ for church meetings as well as some school and community events. I have been involved in the Boy Scouts of America as a den leader and served on the local BSA counsel. I am a Silver Beaver in the Las Vegas Area Counsel. Living in a rural area, I was able to volunteer as a 4-H leader for a cooking and sewing club.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

It is through the grace of Christ that we are saved. That grace, however, only comes after we put our faith in the Savior into action. Faith without works is dead. Our work is to have faith in Jesus Christ, to repent of our sins and to try every day to live in a manner that is consistent with His teachings and His life. Can we earn our way into Heaven? Of course not. There is no check list of things we need to do to be "good enough" to get into Heaven. Only the grace of Christ can bring us into the presence of our Heavenly Father. We are not, however, saved by one moment of accepting Christ and expecting his grace to cover our many sins and shortcomings. Rather, we need to accept Christ daily, repent daily, work hard to become more Christ-like AND have total faith in Him and in His grace. Show more Show less