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Hi I'm Anne

I'm a grandmother, great-grandmother and I make sleeping bags for the homeless. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I meet once a week with a group of retired woman ages 65-90 (fondly known as the "bag ladies" or the Ugly Quilters" due to the ugly, donated materials we use) to make sleeping bags for the homeless. We are working on our 3,000th bag this year. I have been a hospice volunteer, and community activist. As a library volunteer I read to in-home daycare children; as a widow of a cancer victim I volunteered at Hospice to show my appreciation for the loving care they showed to my husband and family during his final days. I love farmers and all they do, so once a year I work with a group who has a Dairy Day tribute to our county dairy farmers. My grand and great-grand children are scattered all over the west and in England so I limit my traveling experiences to visiting them once a year. I stick pretty close to home in the beautiful Finger Lakes District of N.Y. State where I am currently the caregiver for an 84 year-old woman.

Why I am a Mormon

After a tragic family experience I lost faith in the goodness of GOD but kept going to church so my 2 teenaged daughters would not realize the struggle I was having. We were Catholics and I was also disillusioned with all the changes taking place in the church at that time. My 16 year old had a new friend who was Mormon and she asked me if she could have the missionaries come in a talk with her. After the lessons, when she asked permission to join the Mormon Church I agreed. My 13 year old soon followed. I continued to go the Catholic church in the morning and then the Mormon church in the afternoon so I could be with them and see and hear what they were learning. I was baptized a year later but did not share their strong testimonies until probably 6-8 months after my baptism when I suddenly realized "this is exactly what I have believed all my life and never knew how to find it!" I have been a member for 39 years and cannot begin to imagine what my life would be like without this gospel. I feel even more blessed that my children, 6 grandchildren and 9 great grand-children have strong testimonies of Jesus Christ and a Heavenly Father that knows and loves us all individually and live their lives according to His teachings.

How I live my faith

I have served as a Primary teacher, Young Women's advisor, visiting teacher and am currently church librarian in the Ithaca, NY ward and as a ward missionary. I love accompanying the sister missionaries when they teach new investigators and sharing the marvelous blessings my family and I enjoy just by paying an honest tithing, attending our beautiful temples, magnifying our callings in the church or simply keeping the Sabbath day holy.