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Hi I'm Ann

I've lived most of my life in Arizona, went to high school in Las Vegas and I love family history. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of five and a grandmother of 18. I have four stepchildren and nine stepgrandchildren. My husband and I have been married 20 years. I got my AA in Business Adminisration at age 47. I love genealogy and family history, teach classes on digital and traditional scrapbooking, and personl history writing. Besides family history, I love quilting and I love most of all doing service projects.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I had gone to church from the time I was three years old, it wasn't until I was in high school and actively involved in my church that I began to ask questions that no one seemed to have the answers for. Basically they were where did I come from, why aren't there prophets today, why doesn't God speak to us. I believed in life after death, but I needed to know that in the next life we would be with our family and loved ones. My minister told me that we would be living with God but not with our family and loved ones. How we could all live with God and not with each other was mind boggling to me. I had also learned in my growing up years that God had no body, filled the universe but was small enough to dwell in my heart. That also made no sense. I was taught that God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost were one. That one also left me confused. It wasn't until 1966 when the missionaries were sent to teach me that I realized that they knew the answers to all my questions. I was fascinated by the Joseph Smithfirst vision story and in awe that God hears and answers our prayers, that God and Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are separate beings and that He speaks to us in modern times. At the end of one discussion the elders challenged me to pray and ask whether or not the Book of Mormon was true. As I knelt by my bed that evening to begin praying the Holy Ghost testified to me it was even before I had begun praying. I know the Book of Mormon is true and have read it many times since through the years.

How I live my faith

Of all the callings I have had since joining the church my favorites have been teaching people how to begin or continue their family history. I served as a volunteer for 2 1/2 years at our local Family History Center as well. After I finished at the Family History Center I was called in my ward to be our emergency preparedness specialist. It was my responsibility to encourage members of the ward to obtain a supply of food items and other things that might be needed in case of an emergency. While we usually think of an emergency as some type of natural disaster, emergencies can also come an a form of unemployment, illness, or local problems such as tainted water. My most current calling is that of humanitatian specialist where I am responsible for coordinating service projects for the adults as well as the youth. I do this by looking to community organizations such as hospitals, shelters and other organizations that are dependent on volunteer help.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

We believe that we are all God's children regardless of nationality or religion. We believe that as followers of Christ we should do as He did and in serving one another. There is much joy in service and helping others in a time of need whether it is as major as cleaning up after a natural disaster or helping a neighbor or friend. We don't stop to consider whether someone is Mormon or not--we see a need and pitch in. Show more Show less