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Hi I'm Anne D._M

Love being a wife of 32 years and mom of 5 children.Taught junior high over 15 years. Love the temple and now Family History too

About Me

I am a former career mom who came to love being home full time, though it took 2 years.. My mother, aunt and grandmother were in education and worked outside the home too. I was blessed to have a very supportive husband and great principals who helped me with my schedule. I was able to take a year off after each child and, after my 4th baby I shared a contract with another mother. When my daughter was 9 months old, I went to the doctors wanting to know why I couldn't get over flu like systems. They said a pregnancy test was routine even when I told them there is noway I am pregnant. Ten minutes later, the nurse came out of the lab with a big smile and told me to sit down because I was pregnant. This shocked me especially since I would be 38. Of course, the one comforting thought is now I knew why I wasn't feeling well. As the school year was ending, . I was preparing for next year when My husband said, "time to stay home full time. This decision changed my life and I came to love putting "home-maker" for my occupation without any details of my degrees. The challenge was relating with other stay at home moms who truly work very hard. I learned the politics in the PTA from the point of view of a mom and tried to bridge the gap with teachers and parents when I was PTA president As my children are moving on and out. I am now adjusting to having more time and finding going to the temple and Family History rewarding.

Why I am a Mormon

Being raised in a divorced home, my parents were kind to each other and neither were religious. My grandmother was a big influence in my life insisting I be baptized and was at12. My mother struggled with the divorce and relied on me to bring her comfort. I would go with her when she played Bridge.. I always felt good when I went to church and tried early morning seminary, but just couldn't get up. I loved being around boys who went to seminary, but I never could relate to the girls. Being raised by women who were lawyers and judges, they always said LDS women were lacking confidence. Therefore, I felt a sense of superiority, yet I saw their talents and felt there was something different about them, When I was at college, I met an LDS boy who could handle my challenging his beliefs. As I became more involved with him and going to church, I learned I was where I wanted to be and this life was for me. I understood why the girls were different. I still felt I needed to focus on my career and am so grateful to a loving Heavenly Father and husband, who knew me better then myself helping me to understand I am a Daughter of God. I do love my earthly parents especially for showing me what not to do. My Heavenly Father has been so patient with me as I come to know and love Him, my Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. I testify there is power in the gospel and my life is enriched and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In 1996, adjusting to being home full time enjoying my new baby, my husband was being courted by a firm who were LDS. They asked him to make an offer and I said, "double your salary, " since he was happy already. The environment was family friendly with one of their clients being Bonneville International and work parties at the zoo. Towards the end of 1997, I received a call from my husband asking me to come help him clean out his office;he had been fired. As I was driving down, I remember thinking I need to take him to the temple because I didn't want him to be angry towards the church. We both came to love the temple and today I have committed to going twice a week. Not being raised in the church, I never knew about family wards and my callings were always teaching in Relief Society or Sunday school. My first calling as Primary President taught me the challenges of serving. I found myself an outsider at times and always felt because I was raised in the world, I was different. I learned quickly not to judge others and let my temple experience teach me how to be a better disciple of Christ. I was temple coordinator for Relief Society last year when the Bishop called me to be a Family History consultant. I shook my head saying no telling him my grandmother did our work. I reluctantly said yes not realizing this would be the hardest, yet most fulfilling calling. There is power in the temple along with Family History.