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Hi I'm Ann

I was a single woman for many years, but married later in life. I'm a cancer survivor and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in a small rural community, I enjoyed the benefits of a close family with very loving parents. After college I started a career as a CPA. Most of my happiness came in creating my own home and sharing my love for music. I enjoy working in the yard on warm summer days and some claim that I am a clean-aholic in the house. I've entered crocheted afghans in county fairs. If I had all the time in the world, I would spend it in researching family history. I taught piano for several years and have tried to never turn down an opportunity to share the talent God has given to me. After many years of being single, at the age of fifty six, a miracle occured when two hearts were brought together in love. I married Michael whom I have known since high school. Instantly I became a step mother to eight and a step grandmother to thirty two. It has brought its share of challenges but I have also been able to cross off numerous items on my "bucket list:" singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; spoiling grandchildren; traveling to places I never would have gone on my own.

Why I am a Mormon

My beliefs in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are the bright, guiding stars in my life. I spend time with family because I love them and know the importance of a strong family unit. I pray each day because I know God is interested in me and my concerns. I read the scriptures each day to be taught how to become more like Jesus Christ. I repent every day, too, because I often fall short of that ideal. I know God continues to love and encourage me. I worship Jesus Christ because He is our Savior. I try to find happiness in service because I know true joy comes as we serve God's children. Part of the purpose of life is to experience challenges and to grow from them. Several years ago I was startled by the diagnosis of cancer. So many times I went to my Heavenly Father in prayer for courage to endure the chemotherapy treatments; for hope in healing; for peace in losing my hair. I offered prayers over my food that it would nourish me and taste good. Through that trial I was made aware of so many blessings from God that I can't even begin to count them. Challenges continued to surface. Within a three week period, I was married, my mother passed away, and I experienced other unexpected sorrows. I found strength, comfort, and peace during these emotional times by holding fast to my faith. I'm a Mormon because I have found that true happiness comes in knowing God and following Jesus Christ. Its teachings make me reach a little higher in all that I do each day.

How I live my faith

I have been so grateful for the opportunity to serve in my church. Those experiences have helped me develop leadership skills, public speaking skills, and social skills that I never would have gained otherwise. As a teenager, I attended classes that taught me from the scriptures and I developed a great love for them. Even now, I am attempting to memorize several verses of scripture a month. I can recall them in my mind at any time, in any place and find comfort and courage from their words. I have especially enjoyed my association with other women who share my worries, concerns and faith. We have organized bazaars to exhibit handicrafts and artistic talents. We have joined forces in community service projects. We have visited each other in our homes to buoy each other up. I remember well being asked to write a song specifically for a women's conference that was being held in our community. A small group of women had volunteered to sing my humble submission of "Legacy of the Lillies". Hundreds of women were in attendance and I was so nervous. It was an honor to serve in that way. I currently use my musical abilities to teach the children. They love to learn through song. We sing about snowmen, nature, God, families, prayer, scriptures, faith, Jesus Christ, and holidays. My husband and I are also involved with a monthly get-together of "empty nesters." We rotate hosting other couples in the community in our home for a lesson, activity and of course, refreshments.