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Hi I'm Ann

"I'm a mother. I love to experiment and create new things. I'm a Mormon."

About Me

My husband and I live and farm on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation where we grow potatoes, wheat, and occasionally oil seeds and mustard. My husband and five children are the most important people in my life. Although I have a University degree in sports medicine, I have mostly used my abilities to help my children and people with whom I associate. I believe there is great power in words and have used my abilities to write many plays and presentations. I started a 4th of July musical celebration called, "Anthems of America" in which community musicians, vocalists, photographers, and actors come together to present a tribute to America. I have served on the board of directors for the Chesterfield Foundation which is dedicated to the restoration and promotion of Chesterfield, Idaho, a restored community that depicts life on a small, American frontier settlement. My belief that youth have great potential and abilities, has led to volunteering as the advisor for an elementary school newspaper, coaching youth basketball and volleyball teams, and serving on a high school education foundation board. I love the process of figuring out how to do something I've never done before. Currently, I am trying to learn Spanish and am creating a European style garden on an acre of farm ground that connects to our home.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have spent a life-time studying and searching for truths. In St. John 7:17 Christ explains, "If any man will do his will shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of god, or whether I speak of myself." I have tested the doctrines taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and found they bear fruits of happiness, ability, and peace. I have experienced countless situations where I know God has helped me, and protected me. There have been too many experiences in my life not to believe in his atoning power and the truths found in the Book of Mormon and Bible.

How I live my faith

I believe that the atonement of Jesus Christ was made not only to help us overcome sin; but also, to allow us the enabling power to live as Christ lived. In an effort to live like Christ, I have tried to lift others by identifying their God given talents and provide ways in which they can use them. I've also tried to notice and acknowledge the positive actions of others. Those beliefs have led me to plan girls camps for 125-150, 12-16 year old girls; produce plays that have allowed youth the opportunity to perform in front of people (many of which was their first time singing or acting); and volunteer teach religious classes at an LDS institute of religion located on the campus of Idaho State University.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Ann
To enter an LDS Temple, a person has made a covenant to be baptized into Christ's church and verifies that he/she lives certain commandments such as paying tithing, attending church meetings, following the counsel of a modern-day prophet, and believing in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Part of what one experiences in a temple is to receive additional instructions and commandments that help one live more like the Savior. In St. John 3:12 Jesus asks Nicodemus, "If I have told you earthly things and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? The requirements for admission into the temple have been God's requirements through the ages. (Baptism -, tithing - Sabbath Day observance - following a prophet - Anyone who is willing to live God's requirements is invited Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Ann
We believe there are three distinct members of the Godhead. Though distinct personages, Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, have the same purpose so we say they are one. For me it is similar to living in a family. My husband, and children are each individuals, yet we are called by the same last name, Loveland. One of the roles of the Holy Ghost is to serve as a witness of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Other roles are to help us recognize truth, comfort us, give us direction, and help us change. It is important to distinguish between the gift of the Holy Ghost and the power of the Holy Ghost. The power of the Holy Ghost refers to his influence that helps a person recognize truth, which then can lead one to follow Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ; whereas, the gift of the Holy Ghost allows a person who is seeking to live righteously to be subject to the power of the Holy Ghost at all times. Through the Holy Ghost's help I am able to change easier, live God's commandments better, make better choices, and learn easier. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Ann
When Christ was on the earth he repeatedly told his disciples to “follow him.” When the Lord came back to his apostles after his resurrection, he instructed them to “feed his sheep.” Sharing the knowledge that a person can have their sins forgiven and Christ’s pattern for living a happy life has always been an assignment of those who follow and love Christ. Missionaries are called to officially devote 18 months (girls) or 2 years (men) to spreading the good word of God. Their purpose is not to pressure or force anyone to believe something they don’t understand or are not willing to live. Their desire is to teach and present truths so that others might examine, pray, and decide if they are ready and willing to accept Christ’s gospel which has been restored in it’s fullness. Serving a mission not only allows them to share the gospel with others; but also, intensifies their devotion to Jesus Christ, which helps them be better disciples throughout their lives. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Ann
The Lord chooses the Prophet, and the members of the Church choose to support the prophet. The Lord controls life and death, so whoever is the longest living apostle becomes the prophet. I believe if the Lord didn’t want someone to serve as the prophet they would die. Another great part of choosing a prophet is that every member of the Church is given the opportunity to support the prophet by raising his or her hand in a special meeting called a solemn assembly. I remember 4 times when a new prophet has been sustained. Each time I had a sacred experience where I felt the witness from the Holy Ghost that indeed he was the person God wanted to be the prophet. This personal experience has allowed me to follow his instructions better. Show more Show less