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Hi I'm Ann

I'm a wife, a mother, a lover of the outdoors and scrapbooking, a blogger and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to the love of my life for 26 years and am mom to five amazing children. We spent the first years of our marriage traveling across the United States while my husband was in the military. Through that experience, we learned how blessed we are to live in this country and were able to meet some incredible people. I currently live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, surrounded by red rocks and clear blue skies. In addition to the daily joys of motherhood, I have friends that make me laugh and a family that loves me. I am truly wealthy. In 2010, our home was destroyed by fire. We were literally left with no material possessions beyond the clothes on our backs. We didn't even have shoes on our feet. Prior to this event, I had felt prompted to start a blog, but wasn't really sure what I would write about. After that life-altering day for our family, I knew that I would write about our life. I would share our faith that God loves each and every one of his children and how that faith helped turn what could have been considered a tragedy into blessings innumerable. I would show that life does go on, that you can find humor in the difficult and that there are angels all around us.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Many may say the answer is that I was born into this religion, this is the tradition of your fathers, I do not know anything else. This is only partially true. Yes, I was born to parents who were active members of the church and took their children to worship each Sunday. Yes, my grandparents and great-grandparents were also members of the Mormon church. In fact, I have many ancestors who worked along side the Prophet Joseph Smith. But why I am a Mormon is so much more. My religion is based on the principles of agency and the freedom to ask God for direction in our lives. We are encouraged to study and learn for ourselves if a principle is true and not to rely on the testimony of others. I have taken this to heart and have studied the teachings found in the scriptures and the counsel given by our modern day prophet. I know that when I live my life by those teachings, I am happier and my life has more purpose and less confusion. I know that all religions have truths in them, but it is only in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where all truth can be found. When I first married my husband, it was in a civil ceremony that ended with words meaning till death do you part. I knew in my heart that death is not the end, just as birth was not the beginning of our existence. I am part of an eternal family with a Heavenly Father who loves me. Later, my husband asked me to go with him to be sealed for time and all eternity in the temple. When that ceremony ended, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and joy. I knew that our marriage could continue forever, that the man performing that ceremony had the power and authority to bind our family together through the eternities. That feeling of peace and joy was the Holy Spirit confirming to my soul that what we were doing was right. That is the feeling I have when I go to church, when I study the scriptures and the teachings of the prophet and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as the 1st counselor in the Relief Society Presidency of our ward (local congregation). The Relief Society organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest women's organization in the world and consists of women from every country in the world. In my position I am given many opportunities to provide service to those in need, whether it be taking in a meal to the sick or needy or being a shoulder for someone to cry on. I am given opportunities to serve on a daily basis. But this assignment in my ward comes naturally to me. It is an extension of the way I was raised by my parents. I was taught to live my life as Jesus lived His. I try to be kind and respectful to all. I feel that my example is the best sermon I can ever give. Two of my favorite hymns are "Because I Have Been Given Much" and "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief." Both these songs encourage gratitude for all the things with which we have been blessed and that giving service to others is the way to show that gratitude. I have chosen to make these songs a guiding light for my life.