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Hi I'm Ann Smith

I grew up in Utah. I have been married to my sweetheart for 13 years, and we have five beautiful children. I am a Mormon

About Me

I am a busy mother of five young children. My husband is attending pharmacy school, and so our life balance can be challenging at times. We call it controlled chaos, but we wouldn't have it any other way! Nothing worth having is easy right? Even though having a large family has its own set of challenges, I have never been happier or prouder to have made this decision. I would go to the ends of the earth to raise happy and healthy children who know and love their Savior, Jesus Christ. Believe it or not, I still manage to have time for some hobbies. I love to travel, even if it isn't very far from home. There are always beautiful sights to see, and historical locations to learn about close by! I like to exercise and spend time in the outdoors whenever I can. I have also recently learned to do family history, and have a small addiction to it. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because it brings me more happiness than any other thing in life ever has or will. I am a representative of Jesus Christ. I love my Heavenly Father, and can't think of a better way to demonstrate that to Him, than by becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am so grateful to have a living prophet who continues to receive revelation for us in these days. I feel very strongly, that the Lord would never expect us to live our lives in such a crazy world without his constant guidance. This is what a latter-day prophet provides! I am thankful for eternal families. I can't imagine not having my beautiful family for all eternity. I am forever indebted to Jesus Christ and his sacrifice on my behalf. Through him, I can repent of sins and live a life in accordance to what the Savior has taught. I am proud to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I like to spend as much time as I can doing wholesome activities as a family. I live in a predominantly Christian community, so it is fun to share positive beliefs with neighbors and friends. I work in my local community with girls ages 8-11. We meet together to learn more about Jesus Christ, share our feelings about the gospel, and to improve skills that will help the girls to become stronger young women, and future wives and mothers. I also belong to a group of women called the Relief Society. I am able to socialize with other women, provide service in the neighborhood, and share and learn skills that will improve my life and abilities as a woman. Although religious conversations can occasionally seem uncomfortable, I am happy to share my feelings about the Savior, Jesus Christ. I am so happy to belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Ann Smith
Family is something that in a constant in our lives. Material possessions come and go, but the relationships that we build through family are eternal. The family is central to everything that is taught and believed in our church. How many children a family does or does not have is a personal choice. We are not instructed to have a certain number of children. I have chosen to have what others would consider to be a large family, but it has never hindered me. In fact, it has done the opposite. It has brought me more joy than I could have ever imagined. When we live our lives with family as a focus, we make selfless decisions. When we serve in our family, it brings a pure happiness that nothing else can provide. I am sometimes asked, "Do you feel repressed as a woman by being a stay-at-home mom? Do you think your husband is superior to you?" The answer is NO! I have the most important, gratifying job on the planet! How my children feel about themselves, how they contribute to society, and their relationship with their Heavenly Father is life altering! I get to be the one that influences them more than anyone else in the world. I witness their successes, failures, joys and achievements first-hand. I brush them off and help them move forward when they fail, and am there to celebrate when they succeed. I find joy in motherhood, womanhood, and being a wife. I am the luckiest woman in the world to belong to a church that supports women in the best calling and job ever. Show more Show less