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Hi I'm Ann

I'm an American PhD student living in London. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a single woman in my early thirties. I left a career in the museum world to pursue a PhD in history, and hope to teach in a university some day. Taking up hobbies is something of a hobby of mine. I've taken courses in baking, sewing, floral design, roller skating, basket weaving, family history, boxing, horseback riding, Spanish, and French, to name a few. I love to read nineteenth-century literature and have a serious soft spot for Doctor Who. I travel when I can, but spend most of my time in the library.

Why I am a Mormon

I started out Mormon because my parents were members of the church. I stayed a Mormon because I have a testimony of Heavenly Father's love for me and of the truthfulness of the gospel. I believe that He listens to and answers our prayers. I have had, and continue to have, personal experience of this. I believe in the power of the priesthood, and of the ability of priesthood holders to give blessings that are directly inspired from heaven. I have had personal experience of this as well. Living the commandments is not always easy, and being Mormon has not made me exempt from trials, temptations, or doubts. But, it has shown me the way to work through them, and my testimony continues to grow stronger in spite of everything. I love my Heavenly Father, and I love his gospel. I am thankful for continuing revelation, and the presence of the priesthood authority in my life.

How I live my faith

I have been asked to head the family history center in my area, and am so glad to have the opportunity to help others find and learn about their ancestors. I've taken advantage of my time here in the UK to learn about my own British ancestry, and recently found out that my fourth-great-grandparents were married in a church I pass often! I have made friends of all ages and a wide variety of backgrounds in my congregation, and am incredibly grateful for the support system it has offered me. I love that I can give back by participating in the visiting teaching program, and making sure that everyone's needs are met and that everyone has a friend!