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Hi I'm Anita

I was born in California, grew up in Idaho and now call Arizona home. I’m a divorced working mother. And I’m a Mormon.

About Me

In the days of my carefree youth, I used to spend my free time waterskiing at the lake, camping on the beach in Mexico, scuba diving in Cozumel and just hanging out with friends. It took 10 years to earn my bachelor's degree while working full-time. To reward myself, I spent my last summer of school studying Spanish in Spain. While I was there, I took a weekend trip to Morocco and was able to experience one of the most diverse cultures in the world. But now my interests are pretty simple, really. I'm a movie enthusiast and enjoy the arts -- especially stage. I play the piano and love to accompany people who sing. I like to go sightseeing, just looking around and watching people. Good friends are one of the simple treasures life has given me. I would describe myself as compassionate and nurturing, and am ruled by honesty and integrity. I am a "youngest child" but, tend to have a lot of an "oldest child" characteristics. I am very grounded, both in the gospel and in life. I have a 6-year-old daughter and a 19 year-old stepson (who I still claim as mine). I was blessed to have been a stay-at-home mom for the first few years of my daughter’s life, but the economy kind of forced my hand and I finally had to go back to work. I’m grateful for the work, but it doesn't hold a candle to being a mom. Nevertheless, I am quite competitive and am driven to be successful in whatever I do. Finding the balance between the two has been quite interesting.

Why I am a Mormon

My great-great-great-grandfather brought the last Mormon Handcart company to the Salt Lake Valley in 1860. His was the only handcart company to not lose a soul during the long, arduous trip that had claimed so many lives before. In spite of the fact that I come from a long line of Mormons whose faith was tested and tried in their own individual ways, I had to find the truth for myself. The determination and tenacity demonstrated by my ancestors helped lay the foundation that my own personal testimony is laid upon. My personal trials have been put into perspective through the love and faith of those closest to me. The treasured gift of the scriptures has given meaning to my purpose and direction in this life. But mostly a loving Savior has been my ultimate example and shown me the way to strive for eternal life. Jesus Christ has provided a purpose for my life and a plan for my salvation. In spite of the twists and turns that my life takes, my destination is sure. From the beginning of time, a prophet has guided Christ’s people. It is no different today. I know that we have a living prophet today who lovingly guides us through the challenges of our times. I am grateful for the direction and inspiration that comes from this servant of a loving God. In spite of the changing world around me. One thing in my life is always certain. I am a Mormon. That alone has brought me the greatest comfort, security and hope for the brightest future I could possibly hope for.

How I live my faith

It has been said that life's greatest blessing come through service to others. Being a Mormon affords me the opportunity to serve. I have been blessed with the talent of playing the piano. I share my talent of music weekly at church. I play for the children as they sing songs of faith and of Jesus Christ. I accompany people who sing or play instruments for church worship. I coordinate special musical numbers for our worship services each Sunday. I have also shared my talents of teaching the gospel. I have led discussions of Christ's gospel taught through the scriptures. I have led gospel discussions to many people far more qualified than myself, but the spirit of the Lord is always present in teaching the principles we each need in our lives. I have served the women of the church through one of the largest women's organizations in the world. I have provided meals, transportation, spiritual insight, emotional support and physical labor to those in need, and many in turn, have provided those things for me as well. I have worked with the children and been privileged to witness many newly forming testimonies through simple expressions of faith and love. The way I live my faith is evident by the way I live my life. I strive to be the best I can be. I am driven by honesty and integrity. Those virtues were taught to me early in my life and have always been a part of who I am.