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Hi I'm Annie

Genealogist, family historian and kinkeeper, believer, sister, daughter, friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong century. I am a patriot; I believe in being an educated and active citizen. I cherish my family and love family history work. I am an avid reader and letter-writer who believes in the power of words. I've also overcome an addiction with pornography. When I was eleven years old, I was exposed to pornography. My naïve curiosity developed into the greatest struggle of my teenage years. I was lonely, but I turned to Christ and the atonement forgiveness. Through repentance, the filth of pornography was erased from my mind, but I felt like an impostor with my friends and family. Although I was sanctified through the atonement, I couldn't forgive myself. I was about 16 at this point. Around this time, My grandma lent me my 2nd great grandmother’s journal. I poured through those pages in a matter of days and was overcome with an indescribable love and the reassurance that I could get through hard things. As I read, I related her grit and resilience in addition to her strong faith in Christ. By coming to know this woman, I felt protected from temptation. I felt as though she and other ancestors became my invisible shield against challenges. This experience helped me forgive myself while removing the guilt from my heart. I am a sister, a daughter, and a friend. I love this life and I work to make it a happy one.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church on this earth. As a child, I relied on my parents testimonies, but as a teenager I gained my own witness that this gospel is true. In Jr. High and High School I suffered from addiction. I didn't know what to do or how to change. I was alone. I had been taught that through the atonement I could be made whole and have the weight of sin and guilt lifted from my shoulder. In the midst of addiction and loneliness, I turned to Christ who offered me solace and forgiveness. When no one else could understand, He did and He filled my soul with healing and peace. Through this the experience of turning to Christ through studying the scriptures and earnestly praying I came to know that He lives and directs this church. I have chosen to be an active member of this church because it brings happiness and joy to my life. The council given through the scriptures and by our living prophets gives me needed guidance and direction. Although life's trials will continue to arise, I know that being a member of Christ's church gives me the strength I need to carry on.

How I live my faith

I diligently work follow Christ's example daily. I can't say that I'm 100% successful, but I try my hardest to be a good Christian. I read the scriptures and pray daily while striving to speak kindly of others and lead by example. I look for ways to serve my neighbors and pay a 10% tithe. Although each act is simple, I believe that when pieced together, these actions equate to a beautiful life that can be attributed to living my faith.