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Hi I'm Ann

I'm a happy Mormon. I converted at age 39. It was the best thing I ever did! My life opened up.

About Me

I've been a tailor for over 50 years working in my home so that I could be a full time mom to my children as well. Being there for my family is still important to me even though we are now scattered throughout the world. My current project is making a quilt for each of my children and grandchildren, ie, 20 quilts. Almost done. My long-term hobby is submitting the 23,000 ancestral names I've researched to an online site so that it may help others unknown to me to make a connection and find their relatives, too. Both projects give me great joy and satisfaction.

Why I am a Mormon

My testimony of Jesus Christ and his love for his children has grown slowly and is still developing after 40 some years of membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. What appealed to me when first the missionaries contacted us, and still appeals, is the fact that everything the "Mormon" church teaches fits together seamlessly with the Bible and the Book of Mormon. There are no mysteries if you dig deep enough to find the answers. God's Plan of Happiness for us is explained perfectly in the Book of Mormon and clarifies much of the confusion found in modern-day religious beliefs. And the fact that we have a modern-day prophet of God who receives direction from our savior, Jesus Christ, who knows how to prepare us for the difficult times ahead---why that is frosting on the cake, so to speak. It was a two-year journey and many missionaries working with our family before we were baptized and made members of the Church. I had been brought up to believe that God was many good qualities that were ever-present, all-powerful, and all-knowledgeable, not a physical being living and administering from a real place. I stumbled over that idea much of the time, even when I wished it were true. And it was many years before I really understood and knew that Joseph Smith Jr. who translated the Book of Mormon from ancient gold plates by the power of God, was truly God's prophet. The clincher was a speech by Elder Hugh B. Brown, an apostle of God, called "Profile of a Prophet" in which he spelled out all of the normally impossible things a barely educated Joseph Smith Jr. had accomplished in his few years as a prophet of God; and a talk by Floyd Weston called, "The 17 Points of the True Church" in which college students challenged themselves to read the entire Bible and make note of the points that defined Christ's church. All but 2 of these students found themselves in the Mormon church years later. I have loved this gospel ever since.

How I live my faith

Being of service to others is high on my list. That includes my own family, the friends I've made in my church callings and the wonderful researchers I've met during a 15-year stint as director of our church family history center. I know that Jesus Christ has shown us the way to do this and our church gives us many opportunities to learn and grow through service activities. Growth in areas we never suspected we were capable of. What a surprise and joy to accomplish a task and know that Christ has somehow helped us--popping ideas and helpful people up just when we needed them. It takes faith to know that it will happen, and it does. My helpers and I have organized area-wide dances, fairs and dinners; and church socials and teaching events. My personality is more "loner" than sociable and all of these events were great learning experiences and well as successes.