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Hi I'm Anne

I grew up in Orem, Utah, spent two teenage years in Iran, and have lived my adult life in Arizona. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of six children. I met my future husband in Tehran, Iran, when we were teenagers. He was not a Mormon at the time but converted as a college student. We are the parents of two children adopted as infants and grandparents of three. I spent eighteen years teaching English to junior high students. I love music: studied piano and voice and recently began teaching myself to play the cello. I enjoy sewing of many types: quilting, making dresses for my granddaughters and doll clothes, knitting and crocheting, stitchery. I love to read.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active Mormon family with several generations on both sides members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was baptized at age eight as is the custom in the Church. I have chosen to remain a Mormon on the basis of an ever-growing personal testimony of the truthfulness of what the Church teaches. Mormon doctrine just makes sense to me. I love to believe in a personal God who knows and cares about me as an individual. I love a church that bases its teachings upon what Christ personally taught when He lived on the earth. I love that the Church values a pure and healthy body. I love that the Church teaches that we lived before we came to this earth and that our earth life is not the end. How I look forward to being with the people I love in an afterlife where families can be together forever!

How I live my faith

I think of being a Mormon as a full-time job, not just a Sunday activity. My daily life is guided by my beliefs. I attend Sunday meetings as well as other intermittant instructive and social activities on weekdays. Throughout my years as a Mormon, I have had many opportunities to serve other members as well as non-members in my community. I have enjoyed having a personal responsibility for four or five female members on a rotating basis throughout my adult life. With each assignment, I have learned to know and love these women. I appreciate periodically being asked to serve others by taking in meals, sitting with people who are ill, or teaching a particular skill. I work at being committed to long-term assignments given me by my Church leaders. Throughout the years this has including presiding over organizations for women and youth, teaching Sunday lessons, and leading the choir. Church callings, both those with which I felt comfortable and those which I felt inadequate to perform, have all been growth experiences for me. I live my faith by trying to be an exemplary wife, mother, grandmother, neighbor and friend.