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Hi I'm Annette Dickson

I am a native Californian. I enjoy running, baking, photography and blogging. I love being a wife and a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Northern California by wonderful parents who taught me to appreciate life and nature and the arts. I have four older, adventurous brothers and one amazing sister. They let me tag along with them on some of their adventures. One that stands out from my childhood was camping in one of our church parking lots in Santa Cruz and waking up and eating breakfast on my brother's surfboard. My parents made sure that we were all educated. I earned my bachelors degree from Brigham Young University in Graphic Design in 1992. I met my husband in college and we have been married for 24 years. We have four beautiful children, two of which are now in college. My family relationships and friendships bring me the most joy in life. I don't have a great memory, so I love to document as much as I can through photography and blogging. I worked at different jobs until I had my first child and have been able to stay home with each of my children since. I have found great satisfaction in being a wife and mother and running a household.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon, initially because of the teachings of my parents. Growing up in a family who taught me correct principles, but let me make my own decisions helped me discover for myself that the church is true. While my parents and grandparents taught me by their faithful example, I was never forced to believe. Living in California I had many friends of other faiths, who I love and respect, but I have always known that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. I have felt it in my heart as long as I can remember. I am a mormon because I believe that what our Savior promised is true, that if we believe in Him, repent, be baptized and endure to the end, we will gain eternal life with Him and can be with our families forever as well. I love being a mormon and I want the world to know it is for all men, it is not an exclusive religion. It is Christ's church and I am happy to be a witness for Him.

How I live my faith

I try to be an example of Jesus Christ every day, by keeping the commandments and being kind to everyone I meet. Also, being a homemaker, I have found great strength, support and the tools I need to help raise moral children by attending church each Sunday, searching the scriptures and heeding the counsel of our prophets. I have found I am happiest when I have a balance of physical, social, and spiritual activities throughout the week as well. Mormons are asked to serve in different callings throughout our lives. One of my callings is "visiting teacher" which has me watch over 3 or 4 sisters in my ward. That simply means a monthly visit where we catch up and discuss a gospel message and try to keep them in my prayers. But, my favorite is when they need service and turn to me for help. I recently was able to help one of the sisters I visit revamp her kitchen lighting. And another sister by arranging meals to be brought to her after having a baby. All of these simple ways I live my faith bring me so much peace and satisfaction. I know the gospel is true!