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Hi I'm Annie

I've lived in California, Germany, Idaho, Nevada and now Utah. I am a wife and a mom. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a full time stay at home who loves my fantastic husband and our three kids. They are cute, fun, naughty, sweet and exasperating all at the same time! I volunteer at my kids' schools, have a weakness for all things coconut and chocolate, and my favorite way to spend down time is curled up with a blanket and a good book. Living in different parts of the world and traveling extensively as a child shaped me in ways I'm still discovering. I hope to instill in my children a love of life, a sense of global community and a desire to serve and lift others. One of my favorite quotes is, "A smile is the same in every language." I drive a mini-van and live in suburbia. Motherhood is not for the weak!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family and have always actively participated in Church. That said, I am not a member just because my parents are members. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is the Lord's church restored to the earth again. When Christ lived and taught and ministered on the earth, He organized His church. He called leaders, He established doctrine and He instituted saving ordinances. I belong to that same church He organized. I belong to His church because it is here I find I peace and joy in my life. I am a Mormon because I have a testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel. I have sought out answers to life's questions: "Where did I come from? Why I am here? Where am I going?" and found them in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I prayed to Heavenly Father to know if this church was true. The Spirit spoke to my heart and my mind that it is true and this is the path that leads to eternal life.

How I live my faith

One of the great things about being a Mormon is that we have no paid clergy. Everyone in a congregation volunteers their time and talents to serve each other. These opportunities to serve change every so often and we take turns serving in different capacities. It is my privilege to currently lead and serve the women in my congregation. This has been a wonderfully enriching time in my life. I can say I see Heavenly Father's Hand in my life more closely than I did previously. Balancing my own family's needs and the needs of 90+ other women can be daunting at times! The sheer scope of being a spiritual leader has taken my breath away many times. Who am I to guide and direct others spiritual journey when I am still so young and discovering the way myself? There are two things that helped me tremendously. The first is to take one day at time. I know this seems simple. But for me, in my "I need everything planned out meticulously for the next 5 years" brain, I have a tendency to get overwhelmed and discouraged. When I stop looking at the month or the week or my endless to-do list, and just focus on today- things come into clear focus. I ask Heavenly Father to direct my decisions on who I need to call, who needs a visit or a note dropped in the mail. I pray for Him to help me manage my time so I can meet the needs of my young family and make sure that they are not getting a weary and worn out mom. I can tell you that He has answered these prayers. It is no coincidence that when I turn my life over the Lord, one day at a time, He makes more of it than I ever could. He takes my weaknesses and inefficiencies and makes them infinitely better. I am able to form personal connections with the women I serve. I am in a position to respond to the whispering of the Spirit to know how to succor and comfort those around me. And I feel my own testimony strengthened as I become more converted to the Lord and His gospel.

What is the Relief Society?

Relief Society is the name of the organization within the Mormon Church for women. It is open to all women age 18 and older. That includes women who are married, single, widowed, divorced, work outside the home, stay at home moms, etc. We meet Sundays during church and have a gospel centered lesson together. It is my favorite part of my Sunday worship services, to be together with the women in my congregation. I feel such a love and a connection to them. There is unity in Relief Society! We also have other activities on a regular basis. Sometimes we attend the temple together. The purpose of Relief Society is to build faith and personal righteousness, strengthen home and families and help those in need. We learn new skills to take back to our families and to enrich our lives as women. A few of my favorite activities have been recipe swaps, craft nights, learning self-defense, assembling hygiene kits for a homeless shelter and having a progressive dinner at the homes of ladies in our neighborhood. Relief Society is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. I am so very grateful to belong to this amazing group! I love Relief Society! Show more Show less