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Hi I'm Ann

My grandmother, mother, and aunt love to sew. So do I. I come from a family of industry, generosity, and faith. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Japanese-American, born to 2nd generation Japanese-Americans who were relocated to Heart Mountain, Wyoming. As my grandmother, mother, and aunt entered this camp, they registered themselves as "seamstresses." They took tailoring classes at camp and made beautiful suits for themselves and even their brothers. After the war my father was able to work on a produce farm in southern Utah. There we lived in a barrack which was brought in from the Topaz camp near Delta, Utah. In rural Utah I participated in the 4-H program, earning blue ribbons and even trips to Chicago with my sewing projects. My Buddhist father wanted us to have religion in our lives so he sent us to the only church in that area, the Mormon church. Our farm neighbors were Mormon and treated our family with kindness and respect. My father knew that we were safe in their church. I was baptized at age eight and went to church every week all through my childhood and youth. When I wanted to stay home on Sunday instead of go to church, my father would say, "You're a Mormon aren't you? Then go to church." After I graduated from high school I went to Brigham Young University. Because of my love for sewing, I treated myself to one sewing class a semester "for fun." It was at BYU and at UCLA that I really had significant spiritual experiences which formed the moral foundation upon which I still stand today.

Why I am a Mormon

Being raised in a Buddhist home but being sent to the Mormon church, I was proud to be a member of such a wonderful church, but also respected and honored my Buddhist faith and the faith of other members of my family who belonged to other religions. The doctrine of Priesthood authority and keys given to only one church on this earth was hard for me to accept. Intellectually, it didn't make sense to me that God would appear to a young boy and ask him to restore His church on this earth. I remember, however, the time and place and my circumstance when I received an overwhelming witness that Joseph Smith truly did see God, the Eternal Father, and Jesus Christ, and that he did restore the true Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to this earth. I still stand amazed that I would have the privilege of being a member of this church. I can't deny the witness that I received, and have come to learn step by step through that same witness the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This learning has happened spiritually through the gift of the Holy Ghost. The basic truths of my eternal identity and my divine potential is the foundation upon which I stand. I know that this life is an important testing ground to see if we will follow the promptings of the spirit within us which will lead us to truth and to the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is God's plan and His work and His glory. His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Savior because He paid the price necessary for God's plan to work. He not only redeemed us from our sins, but He also gives us His power on this earth to enable us to return to our Heavenly Father clean and worthy to be in His glory. The Holy Ghost, the third member of the Godhead, also makes it possible for us to return to our Heavenly Father by delivering truth, light, comfort, and our Savior's grace. I know this to be true. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have never taken my membership in this church lightly. As my father taught me, if I was a member of the Church, then I needed to participate fully. For that reason, and because of my gratitude to my Father in Heaven and my Savior, Jesus Christ, I attend our church services every week if at all possible. Even when I am traveling I make it a point to find a Mormon church service to attend. I took two years off of graduate school to serve a proselyting mission to Sendai, Japan. When I am asked to help in my congregation in any way, I do it, whether it's a request for a meal to a neighbor or an assignment to teach the youth each Sunday, I find great joy in serving in our church. My favorite place to serve is with the young teenage girls age 12 to 18. This group called "Young Women" are learning who they are and forming habits that will determine who they will be in the future. It is a privilege to help them understand that they are daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves them and wants them to be happy. They also learn that they have a purpose on this earth and are capable to helping their Heavenly Father in significant and meaningful ways. I have spent many years serving these precious young women. I also serve with my husband in the sacred temples of our church, and have the privilege of interacting with individuals who come to the temple to make sacred covenants with their Heavenly Father and to receive saving ordinances.