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Hi I'm Anna-Kare

I'm a mother and grandmother. I'm trying to take care of an aging parent from a distance. And I'm an amateur Swedish genealogist.

About Me

I am in the old age of my youth and the youth of my old age! My husband and I raised five sons and two daughters. Grandchildren now bring energy and love to our home and are the hope of our future. So life still revolves around family but in a different way than before. Now I have time to pursue new interests and activities. I have become a genealogist! I always wanted to do that. Computers put old vital records at my fingertips. It is so fun to trace our family lines and discover what life was like for people in earlier generations. It brings perspective to my own life's challenges as I see what others have faced before me, and it gives me courage as I go forward. If they managed through their hardships, so can I! One challenge that seems to go with this period of life is that of caring for aging parents. We lost my mom to Alzheimer's disease recently. What a difficult period of decline it was to try to support my parents in their need over a lengthy period of time and often from a distance while still trying to raise the last of my children. I am still trying to look out for my dad and help him through the hardships of advanced age and diminished health. But I can honestly say that I am grateful for these experiences. They have given me a perspective on life that I didn't have before. It helps me to be more aware of the needs of the elderly around me.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young woman I discovered that the greatest peace comes in living by the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we ignore those principles and live contrary to God's teachings, we often create unnecessary turmoil and hardships in our lives. The Book of Mormon calls the gospel of Jesus Christ "the great plan of happiness" and I have found that to be true. Happiness and peace are found in living by the principles that Christ taught. That doesn't mean that I don't experience trials. Everyone experiences trials and important growth comes from those experiences; but even in the midst of challenges, peace can be found in living as a disciple of Jesus Christ. And I want that peace. The other thing that I really love about the gospel of Jesus Christ is that you can experiment with it. When I have questions about gospel principles, I have learned that you can find out the truth about them by "trying them on for size", so to speak. John 7:17 says, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." Try living a principle and you will soon find out how it blesses your life. Read the promises found in the scriptures and then experiment with them to find out if they are true. Some of my greatest experiments center around prayer. Can we really "ask and it shall be given you? (Matthew 7:12)" I found out you can. Is God really aware of our daily needs? I found out He is. During one financially-lean period of my life when we struggled to provide for our children, I found out that I could ask specifically for the things we needed -- a gallon of milk, a pair of shoes, a few dollars for school pictures, needed furniture, etc. -- and in some miraculous way, each of my requests was honored. Do I believe in prayer? You bet I do! I found out for myself that God hears me and will answer me. He cares about me. And he cares about you, too. I love experimenting with the promises of God found in the holy scriptures.

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity to work in the temple in Bountiful, Utah where our most sacred religious ordinances take place. It is my privilege to administer many of those ordinances and what a sweet experience that is. I often marvel as I leave the temple each week having worked a full day how strongly I feel the Spirit of God while I am there. I would invite everyone to prepare to enter the temple and receive the blessings that are there for all of God's children. There are so many things that I love about being a member of the church but one of my favorite things is getting to be a visiting teacher. My responsibility as a visiting teacher is to watch over specific women and their families, to see to their welfare, and be there to support them, especially in times of need. I particularly feel like I am living up to being a disciple of Jesus Christ as I reach out to women one-on-one and try to serve them and their families. Their needs are varied but I have seen miracles happen as I have prayed about these people and received inspiration as to how I can help them with their challenges. So many precious friendships and sweet experiences have resulted from this opportunity to serve others.