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Hi I'm Anna

I grew up in what used to be a rural Montana town, the youngest of seven kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a daughter, a wife, a mother, an aunt and a friend. I am a cosmetologist in my free time and a full time stay at home mom! It is by far the hardest yet most rewarding job I have ever had! I have many friends who are not Mormon and I enjoy the diversity of learning their beliefs and finding common beliefs. I am always happy to know that people have a relationship with Christ no matter what church they go to. I love to sing. It probably has been and still is my favorite pastime. As a family we love to water-ski, wake board, wake surf, etc. You name it, if its on the water, we are probably doing it. In the winter we love to snowmobile. We also love to travel in and out of the country. But with every beautiful place we have visited, I am always happy to come home to my good ol' Montana! I love it here!

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in the same town my whole life, when people found out that I was Mormon and grew up in a large family, they often had a revelation 'Ahhhh, that explains the seven kids!' I always giggled at this misconception. Many of my friends growing up thought that by being Mormon, there was some requirement to have MANY children. It was always a great way of sharing my beliefs on family values and that our large family had nothing to do with our religion. In fact, my mother was one of two siblings and my father, one of three. So why the big family? My mother always wanted a large family! As simple as that. In our religion, we focus a lot on the importance of family and making the family we love so much, an eternal one. We believe in the teachings of the prophet Malachi that the Lord wants us to participate in the sealing ordinance that can make our family's last beyond death and tie us together for eternity. Nothing sounds better to me as a mother now, to be with my spouse and my beautiful children FOREVER. It is a blessing unlike any to know that even in death, my family will not be taken from me. And being a parent myself, I now understand why our Heavenly Father yearns so much for our return! He loves us unconditionally and has given us a way through the Saviors atonement to make it home to him. No matter what our story, what our trials, the savior understand and is there to comfort us and help us become more Christ-like if we allow him the chance. I love my Heavenly Father and Savior. I feel their presence in my life through every special moment, and every trial. I have tested the gospel in my life, questioned it, and studied it. I know in my heart it is true.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities in our church to serve. Growing up, we were always participating in some kind of service project. Weeding someones garden, visiting the sick or elderly, helping moms clean house for a new baby, you name it! I've also participated in church by teaching the youth, and children on Sundays. It is completely voluntary. We receive no benefit or compensation other than the satisfaction of serving the Lord and the blessing we receive for serving Him. I recently served with the little children in the ward by teaching the music. I LOVE THE CHILDREN! Their sweet spirits have taught me so much and so simply. It reminds me of the Lords simple love for us. A child doesn't care what struggles you are going through or what your think of yourself, they love you anyways. And so does the Lord. As an adult, I am still learning that 'When we are in the service of our fellow being, we are only in the service of our God.' It's not always an easy concept to put into play with our busy lives. But when I have had circumstances in my life where people have showed up at my door with meals or asking what they can do to help, it really shows how someones simple act of kindness can make all the difference in the world to someone in need. We are not the type of family to ask for help. We tend to let people know we are doing fine and they don't need to worry about us, which is true. But it is true Christ-like love when someone decides to be there anyway. For example, a dear lady in my old ward, who has since passed, never hesitated when I would have one of my kids to get a whole week lined up with meals so I didn't have to cook. It still brings tears to my eyes remembering her charity for so many people in her life. She is just one of the many angels the Lord has placed in my life, and I hope to be an angel in someone else's.