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Hi I'm Annalyn Osborn

I am a Soprano in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I love animals, teaching Spanish and running. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a graduate student in Spanish Linguistics at Brigham Young University. I love running and I've completed one marathon. One of my favorite activities is running with my husband and our three border collies in a nearby nature park. I'm really into eating organic food and eliminating toxins from my home and yard. I also love to play the violin and sing soprano in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of missionaries who left their home and family to travel at their own expense to Italy, Scotland and England. All of my third (if I'm counting right) -great-grandparents were baptized in the 1850s. I'm so grateful for the sacrifices they made to join the church. Were it not for them and their descendants, I might not have found the church until later in life. The old saying "into every life some rain must fall" is definitely a true one, and I am not exempt. When difficult times come I have been able to fall back on my faith in God and my faith in a better life to come. I try to be true to the faith of my fathers and true to what I believe, no matter what happens. You just have to make the decision and stick to it. I have come to understand that the only thing I truly have control over is my own self, and if I stay true through my trials then when I die and meet God before his judgement bar, I will have nothing to be ashamed of. I believe that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, when I make mistakes I can repent and change and be forgiven. Because of the blessing of temple marriage, I look forward to being reunited with my family after I die. This is also a great comfort to me during hard times.

How I live my faith

Being in the Tabernacle Choir is the best church calling ever. When I first got into the choir more than ten years ago, I was told that it's the best place to experience what a "Zion society" is really like, and I have found that to be true. Everybody tries their best to be kind and loving to each other. Our last president, Mac Christensen, always used to say, "If somebody looks at you cross-eyed, they're just cross-eyed." I try to take that for my motto so I don't take offense at what other people do or say. When I started graduate school three years ago, it was hard to do both, but I decided that I liked being in the choir way better than I liked sleeping, so if I had to give up sleeping, that was preferable to dropping out of the choir. One of the things that really amazed me when I first joined the choir is the powerful influence of the Holy Ghost that you feel when you sing. At first I was overwhelmed and mostly just cried for joy when I tried to sing, but eventually I got used to it. It takes a lot of effort to make your emotion come through to a TV audience, but if you try your very best to show that you believe what you are singing, then while you are singing you realize that you really do believe it even more than you thought was possible. When I contribute my own talents, the Holy Ghost adds soooo much more on top of what I can do by myself. Multiply that by 359 other singers plus the conductor and the orchestra and bells, and I think that's why most people feel such an incredible emotional response to our music. Every Sunday after the broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word, I work in the Tabernacle Choir music library. We have an incredibly large collection of music (I estimate that the number of choir songs I can sing pretty much from memory is over 1,000) and it takes many hands to keep all the music organized. When I was 21 years old, I took a break from college to spend 18 months as a missionary in Lima, Perú. That was also the best calling ever.