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Hi I'm Anne

I'm a Mormon. I've spent most of my life in the Pacific Northwest. My husband and I have 4 children.

About Me

I am 48 years old. I have been married for 26 years and we have 4 children. I moved around a bit when I was younger. Since we finished college, my husband and I have been living in western Washington. My oldest son is in college. My second son has been on a mission for the church in Indonesia. He will be home soon and start college as well. Our two daughters are both in high school. I have been able to devote my full attention to raising our children over the years. I have been very blessed in that I haven't had to work outside of the home. I am the oldest of five children. My father died a few years ago after battling pancreatic cancer for over two years. It was very hard to watch my big strong dad suffer so much. It broke my heart to lose him. I have always had a close relationship with him and I miss him so much. However, I was strengthened and comforted during that experience. We had a lot of sweet miracles and blessings come to us during that rough time. I feel sad to be away from him, but I have no questions or fears about where he is now and I know that I will see him again. I love my life and I am never bored. Even though I don't have a paying job or some official title, my life is very full. I have many interests. I love genealogy and I volunteer as a family history consultant at our local family history center. Knitting, sewing cooking, gardening, & history are some of the things I enjoy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised as a Mormon. There have been several generations of Mormons in my family. However, members of our church are taught very early on that they must study and pray and find out for themselves if the gospel is true. We should follow the counsel of James and "ask of God, nothing wavering." (James 1:5). I was born in Utah while my parents were in college, but they moved away when I was a baby. I have spent my life living in places where Mormons were a very tiny percentage of the population and I have been somewhat of a curiosity to my friends and acquaintances. When I was 14 years old, I really wanted to know for myself if what I was taught my whole life was the truth, but more than that, I really wanted to know if there was actually a God. I have always been kind of a serious person, even as a child, and I had studied the scriptures some on my own by then. One night I knelt down at my bed and asked God if He was real. I remembered the verse in James about asking in faith. I thought about it and figured that if God was real, He would tell me for sure. If not, then I wouldn't get an answer. I had a strong desire to know and I prayed sincerely to my Heavenly Father. I received a powerful answer to my prayers. I had a warm, beautiful feeling come over me and fill my heart to the point that it almost consumed me. I felt with great certainty that, not only was God real, but that He knew me and loved me. I went on to ask him if the Book of Mormon was true and if Joseph Smith had really been a prophet. I received another powerful confirmation that this was the truth. For several months after, every time I thought about my experience, that same warm feeling would fill my heart. Over the years, my faith has deepened and I have no doubts about the beliefs that I was raised with.

How I live my faith

Our church doesn't have any paid clergy. We all participate in the operation of the church. At this time, I teach the Sunday school class for the 16 and 17 year-olds. This year we have been studying the New Testament. We also have a program where the women visit each other about once a month. We are assigned specific women to visit. We go with an assigned partner and we work together to take care of these women and their families and build friendships so that no one ever feels alone or without a lifeline if a crisis hits. I have 3 women that I visit with a partner. Some of my fondest friendships have come because of this program. I have also worked with the young children, taught lessons to adults, and worked in humanitarian aid projects organized by the church. I also try to reach out to people in my community and serve my neighbors. I try to treat everyone as a child of God, beloved by him.