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Hi I'm Johnnie Ann

I was born in the South, raised in the Midwest and now live in CT. I just became a great-grandmother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have two daughters and 5 grandsons (one is a foster grandson) and one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter. I worked with my late husband in his insurance agency and still work part-time in that field. We also had a country music band as my husband was a singer and I played the bass guitar. I live near my family and love spending time with them and also enjoy the outdoors and love to walk on the paths near my home. I went to college for fashion design and worked in that field designing bathing suits for a local manufacturing company until I started a family, still do some sewing.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon for 35 years now. I was introduced to the Church by missionaries who knocked on our door and explained that the Church of Jesus Christ had been restored to the earth. We invited them to teach us the gospel and were baptized a few months later. My mother had passed away just a few months before we met the missionaries. It has always been amazing to me that the missionaries came to our home when they did because after my mother passed I started to doubt the existence of God and wondered about the purpose of life. I had always believed in God and went to different churches as a youth but when my mother passed, life all of a sudden seemed very temporary and I wondered what was the purpose of it all. We try so hard to raise our children correctly and to work and provide a home for them and then we're gone, and do we just go in the ground? Those were my unspoken thoughts at the time. The missionaries had the answers to those questions and many other things that I had wondered about but didn't understand from the others churches I had attended throughout my life. It seemed like the pieces of the puzzle just fell into place. The most important thing to me that I have come to realize since being a member of the Church is that I do have a Heavenly Father who is aware of me and loves me and wants to be involved in the details of my life. I did not grow up with a father in my life as my parents divorced when I was young and I never saw him again. It is wonderful to be able to get on my knees and "talk" to my Heavenly Father. I can tell Him anything. I love my membership in the Church and am so thankful for my testimony. I know my Heavenly Father and my Savior live and love me.

How I live my faith

I have served as president of the women's organization in my ward (congregation) and served in the presidency of the young women's and children's organizations. I also served as a seminary teacher which is an early morning meeting with high school youth held before the start of their school day where we discuss and study the scriptures. I especially enjoy working with the youth. I also very much enjoy visiting with my fellow sisters in the ward as a visiting teacher where we visit in the home and leave a spiritual message. It is a great way to get to know each other. Serving a couple of times a month in the Temple is also another joy for me and leaves me feeling spiritually uplifted.