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Hi I'm Annette

I grew up in Ghana,came back to England at age 13. I'm a mum, grandma and retired teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Ghana and came back to England to boarding school at the age of 13; my family returning three years later. We came to live in the city in which my mum was raised. I attended college here and met a Latter-day Saint who introduced me to the Gospel. This was at a time when I was searching for meaning in my life; the Church offered that and so much more. I felt as if I had come home. I later met and married my husband and we have three lovely sons and six wonderful grandchildren. I love learning and at the age of 38 went back to college to begin the long road towards gaining a degree and a teaching qualification. I taught for some years and am now retired. I love to spend time with my husband, my sons and their wives, and my grandchildren, teaching them to swim and just enjoying their company. I also enjoy family history research, reading, travelling and spending time on my allotment.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church at the age of 17. I had a college friend who was a member. We worked together during the summer holidays and although I chose not to attend Church with her or her family I was aware of how important it was in their lives. At the end of the summer I decided to attend a youth conference with her and enjoyed it so much that I decided to investigate further; the rest, as they say, is history, I joined the Church and have never looked back. There is nothing that brings greater happiness in my life than my membership in the Church. The teachings of the Church have increased my faith in Jesus Christ, provided knowledge of God's plan for me personally, and simply makes me a much better person than I would be otherwise. The Church's teaching on the Family mean so much to me as I want to be able to be with them for eternity; this is the main goal in my life. I love knowing that God is the same today as in the past and continues to speak today through a living prophet. I am able to see the hand of God in my life on a daily basis.

How I live my faith

I am the director of the Family Search Centre in my local ward and just love family history. I enjoy helping others to find their ancestors and putting them into historical context, it seems to bring them closer when you can find out their occupations and living conditions. I try to behave towards others as I would like them to behave with me. I try to do this on a daily basis through the simple and small things in life, such as smiling and saying hello to people as they walk past me. I try to always say thank-you to others, even if it's just because they took the time to listen to me. Living my faith is trying to be patient and calm when things don't quite work out as planned, as they often don't! I love looking for unexpected opportunities to help people throughout the day. I have been a teacher within the church among the women. I love planning lessons and thinking about the needs of those I teach and how the lessons can be applied into our lives.