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Hi I'm Anthea

I am happily retired. I haven't really done much with my life except raise children but I am 100% Mormon and very glad of it.

About Me

Although for the last few years of my working life, I was an administrator in a government office, I spent most of my adult life raising my five children. Happily we were in a position where I could stay home with them; I believed that was important but not always possible nowadays. I presently have 9 grandchildren, not that I see a great deal of them because I don't live close enough to any of them but it is good to know that these children are being raised in excellent homes and being well brought up to be an asset to the world. One of my granddaughters has already gone home to our Heavenly Father, having been born with a terminal illness. That was a very difficult time for us all but adversity makes us stronger. Terminal illness or extended illness of any kind does bring us closer to the Lord. It reminds us daily of our dependence on Him and He does help us through these times. Now that I am retired I have much more time to work with my hobby which is researching family history for myself and also helping others research their family lines. I enjoy singing in the choir at church and with a singing group in my village. I have also joined a country dancing group in the nearby large town, I also like to swim when I can and particularly enjoy the rural parts of this beautiful country in which I live.

Why I am a Mormon

41 years ago, I was attending a lecture in which somebody said that the Church of England was started up by Henry VIII. I always knew that bit of history but this sentence hit me hard at this time and I began to think that the church I was then attending could not be the true church and wondered which church was true and which church was directed by Jesus Christ. There were several Protestant beliefs that did not sit well in my mind; also I knew there were teachings in the Bible which were no longer practiced but seemed important to me. Unable to come up with a religion that I felt I would be happy joining, I shelved the matter in my mind. A few months later, two young Mormon missionaries knocked on the door. After several meetings with them, they had answered all the questions to which nobody else had known the answers. My husband and I were baptised into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I have never looked back. I know, I don't just believe but I know, that this Church is the Church of God on earth and that Joseph Smith did translate the Book of Mormon under the direction of our Father in Heaven even though it took me awhile to come to that knowledge. Life is so much easier with the divine help of the promptings of the Spirit. God loves us and He wants to help us live our lives in such a way that we can return back to Him but also so that we will have joy in our lives on earth despite the adversity which is a necessary part of our growth.

How I live my faith

I have been a Mormon for 41 years. The Church was wonderful in helping me to bring up my children and now I see my grandchildren also profiting from the teachings of the Church and the association with good people, plus benefiting from the knowledge their parents have, (which I didn't have when I first became a mother.) I have worked in many areas of the church, teaching the children, teaching the adult Sunday School and special women's classes, working in the libraries and offices. Work in the church is given voluntarily and as you prepare lessons, you learn more than you ever impart to the classes. Unfortunately my marriage ended in divorce but I received much strength from my faith and the teachings of the Church which have helped our family enormously. This life is a test, to learn to be as Christlike as we can and to learn from our trials. I have served two missions for the Church since I retired which were both wonderful times of love and service to others. I am presently a Family History Consultant in my Ward which is a work of great importance to me and the others whom I help because we believe that our families can be together in the eternities. It does not make sense that you can spend your whole life nurturing relationships within your family and have them end with death. To mean nothing in the next life? I believe with my whole heart that there is a life after death and we can be with our families, immediate and extended, for the rest of eternity.