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Hi I'm Anna Mae

I'm a home grown North Carolinian. I'm a Division I beach volleyball player. I'm a fisher and hunter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hey ya'll, my name is Anna Mae. I was born and raised in the south on a little farm where the air is as thick as the accents. I am extremely blessed with a fun, crazy, family that might be a little bit on the redneck side. I was homeschooled my whole life until my senior year of high school. I was raised just like the rest of the kids in my family, barefoot, in a bathing suit, on a dirt bike or ATV, and waiting for deer season to roll around. I was raised thinking that the more extreme and dangerous the activity, the more fun it'll be! I love being outside and having fun, whether it's swimming in the lake, riding horses, wakeboarding, tubing, snowboarding, having a bonfire, fishing, shooting skeet, mudding, or even doing some good, healthy, yard work. My family is also extremely competitive and it's made me love sports! I've always wanted to play a sport in college. When I realized as a little girl that the likelihood of being a D1 football player was slim, I went through cross country, wrestling, soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball, and ended up with my heart set on beach volleyball. I have been blessed to be able to play this game and be competitive with it at the Division I level. I am a kinesiology major with a concentration in exercise science and plan to go to PT or PA school after getting my undergrad. I love to workout and be healthy. I hope to be able to help others have that type of lifestyle too.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon! I love being able to have the fullness of the gospel and being able to receive the blessings that come with it. It is so comforting to know that there is someone who loves me unconditionally and that He loves me so much that He sent His son to die for me and my sins and for you and your sins. I am so glad that I can be forgiven and be made whole of my mistakes and imperfections (because heaven knows there are a lot of them), and I can keep working harder every day to be a better person and more like Christ. I am grateful that because of this gospel, I know my family can be together forever, and one day I’ll be with my little brother, Tommy, again. Knowing that God wants us to be eternal families and wants us to be together and work together through this life and the next, makes me love my family that much more. This helps me look past my family’s little imperfections and helps me see that all the really important qualities are there and that’s all that matters. As a Mormon, I have learned about the divine potential of others and how they are sons and daughters of a King and are destined to become kings and queens themselves. If I always remember that, I look at people differently, I care about them more, I want to serve them more, and I see their positive, God-given qualities. This also helps me to see my own worth. The world wants us to think we’re nobodies, with no purpose, and if we’re not in with the latest style, makeup, and car that we are of less worth than those that are. However, we are here for a reason and the worth of our souls is great in the sight of God. This makes me so happy! I love being a Mormon and being able to learn about Christ’s life through the Book of Mormon, Holy Bible, and other standard works so I can strive to be more like Him and serve and love others as He would! I know where I came from, who I am, and where I am going, and if I know and remember these things and put my faith in God, there is nothing to fear!

How I live my faith

I have lived my faith in the community as I’ve worked with youth, by helping them develop skills in the game of volleyball. I love being able to promote confidence in them as they improve in their volleyball skills and promote an active, healthy lifestyle. I have also had the opportunity to plan and organize girls’ camps for girls in the church. I have loved being able to be a part of creating camps that allow young teenage girls to be able to see their real divine worth and beauty as they come to have a stronger relationship with their Heavenly Father. These young women are also able to see themselves more in the light that God sees them in, and in turn, are able to see others in that light too. As well as plan girls’ camps, I’ve been blessed with the joy of being a counselor at youth church camps for high school aged boys and girls. I love being able to see the strength of these youth as they share the struggles, challenges, and pressures that they face in their everyday lives. Being able to give encouragement to young people who are experiencing similar trials that I have recently experienced in my own life and helping them realize that life is easier and happier when we find strength and answers through Christ is one of the ways I love to live and share my faith. I love being able to share the happiness that comes from the gospel with my friends, roommates, teammates, family, and all those whom I come in contact. I want everyone to be as happy as I am and know that all of my real happiness comes from church. I’m living my faith by giving up a D1 athletic scholarship and being away from my friends and family for the opportunity to dedicate 18 months of my life to serve a mission, so I can share the reason for my happiness with others… the gospel of Jesus Christ. I LOVE being able to live my faith.