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Hi I'm Anne Carroll

Grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from College, married in the temple, and raised 5 remarkable children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a mom. Upon earning a B.A. in English Literature from an all women's college in the east, I married in the temple, and with a great guy, raised five children. My parents instilled in me the belief that I could be anything, do anything...but if I was lucky enough to be a wife and mother, that was the most satisfying important work in the world. That has proven to be true for me. The love affair continues 40 years later with 11 grandchildren. I collect Children's literature, books that have particularly inspiring text and engaging illustrations.I love reading them myself as well as aloud to children. Introducing a toddler to an old favorite and watching as they discover the joy between the pages is indescribable. I love the way the words feel in my mouth and sound as they are spoken aloud. I lose myself in gardening. Stepping into the front yard to pick up the paper can morph into an entire morning of weeding, pruning, transplanting and watering.I have learned the names of flowers and plants and trees. I cherish the feel of the earth on my hands and under my nails. I am fascinated by the nature that surrounds us, digging for worms with our grandchildren, respectfully observing the new families of birds in the two nests in our trees, watching tadpoles develop into frogs in a large glass bowl of pond water on our coffee table, and collecting the seeds from this year's nasturtiums for next years blooms.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. What a gift that has been to me. I have often wondered if I would have had the courage to make drastic changes in my life to convert once I had discovered that the message is true. I so admire the millions of people that have done just that. Instead, I have watched the gospel unfold in the example of the lives of my parents and grandparents. For me conversion has been a process. The teachings of the gospel always felt right...always felt good...always have led me to improve...to become the creature I need to be to be to return to God's presence. I came to know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God when I discovered for myself that the Book of Mormon was the Word of God...That is IS what Joseph Smith said it is, a translation of the words of prophets who lived on this continent centuries ago...that it is a second witness that Jesus is The Christ. Reading the Book of Mormon brings answers to my questions....brings peace to my soul....inspires me to be better...clarifies so many of the truths taught in the Bible. I am able to more easily be guided by the Spirit of God when I read the Book of Mormon. I have found the answers to my questions, and the solutions to my problems within the gospel of Jesus Christ. Living my religion makes me happy, reminds me of my purpose here on earth, puts mortality and its challenges and trials and blessings in perspective.

How I live my faith

I live my faith pretty traditionally. I attend church with my family each Sunday, and always have at least one assignment to serve. Over the years I have been a teacher of adults and youth. One highlight was the 5 years I led the young Women's youth organization for 10 congregations, planning and executing summer camps, spiritual retreats and training other leaders. Currently I am teaching the 16 and 17 year olds with my husband. These young people are bright and inquisitive and seek after truth. I represented my faith in the community over the 35 we have lived here. I wrote a monthly editorial representing the Mormon church for the Idaho Statesman Newspaper. I served on the board of the junior League of Boise, and as one of the chairmen that researched, developed and established The Discovery Center, a hands on science museum for children of all ages. I have been a vocal advocate for the Boise Public Schools, serving as chairman of two School District Bond elections resulting in the building of 7 new schools in our area. When our children were young, I was the class volunteer, the PTO president a couple of times and always a visible presence in their schools. Christ's life was defined by his unconditional love and service for those around him. I seek to emulate Him as I serve our children, my husband, our religious community and our neighborhood and city.