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Hi I'm Ann Richardson

I am a sister, wife, mother of 6 and grandmother of 5. I was raised in Indiana and Colorado. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a sister, a wife of 41 years and mother to four boys and twin girls. I am a grandmother to three boys and two girls. I was born in Franklin, Indiana. I grew up in Indiana and Colorado with the exception of a year southern California. Although the home I grew up in wasn't religious, from my earliest childhood I was sure that Jesus Christ was my Savior and Redeemer. I remember clearly as a four year old standing with my sister in the middle of a gravel street in our tiny community and singing "Jesus Loves Me This I Know." While my children were young, I was a stay-at-home mother. My oldest son suffered traumatic brain injury from Reye's Syndrome. This caused severe brain damage and he died 14 years later. Brent needed a lot of special care and support. I tried to give him that while also being a good mother to my other children. In spite of Brent's illness, our home was a happy place. My children and their friends often gathered there to play games, watch videos and otherwise enjoy being kids. Later I worked with Special Education students in the local school system. My husband and I are now retired.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was seventeen, missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visited my home. They invited me to read the Book of Mormon and to pray about its truthfulness. I was also invited to pray to learn if Joseph Smith was a prophet. As I did this, I gained my own testimony that the Book of Mormon is from God. I also learned that Joseph Smith was a Prophet. I learned that the Church of Jesus had been restored with all of its truth, ordinances and doctrines. I have continued to study the Gospel since my baptism. I have taught both the youth and adults in Church classes. I have learned much and gained even a greater testimony that Heavenly father has a plan for each of us. My membership in the Church has allowed me to have peace in troubling times. In many ways I lost my son twice. The first time when he suffered the brain damage and later when he passed away. It has been my testimony of Christ; His Atonement and the promise that families can be together forever that has carried me through the illness and subsequent brain damage and later the death of my oldest son. It was my only source of peace. Reye's Syndrome did not cause Brent's death. He died from cancer. The Gospel gave my husband and I the knowledge to teach our family what would happen when Brent passed away. We made sure to do this over several weeks in our weekly Family Home Evenings just before Brent's death. Knowing that we come from a loving Heavenly Father, are here on earth to gain a body and experience mortal challenges and will return to our Heavenly Home after our death gave us much comfort. We all miss Brent. But we are sure that life does not end with mortal death. Through Christ we have eternal life. And Temple ordinances have made us an Eternal Family. Families Are Forever.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying very hard to live Heavenly Father’s commandments. When I fall short, I repent and try again to do what is right. Make no mistake ...I know that it is by the grace of Jesus Christ that I am saved. My good works only serve to show the desires of my heart. In our family, we have served wherever we have been asked to serve. My husband served as a Bishop over our ward (congregation) and has also served in other leadership positions. I have taught both children and adults in the Church. I currently am the editor of our ward's newsletter. My husband and I also serve in the Bountiful (Utah) Temple as an ordinance workers. Just as missionaries taught me, my youngest son is now serving a mission in Ohio. I hope he can teach others about Christ and the restoration of His Church so the Gospel can bless their lives as it has blessed mine.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Ann Richardson
Heavenly Father never meant for marriages to be dissolved upon death. The power to marry, or seal, for eternity had been given to God's special representatives. Eternal Marriage is an ordinance between Heavenly Father, a man and his wife and occurs in His Holy Temples. My husband and I were married by Spencer W. Kimball in the Salt Lake Temple. Our Temple Marriage created our Eternal Family unit so all of our children are also sealed to us. Temple ordinances are sacred not secret. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not enough. To enter the Temple you must also keep certain standards that indicates worthiness--regular Church attendance, being morally clean, paying a full tithe are a few of the standards. Show more Show less