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Hi I'm AnnaLee Tillman

A mother of 7; love sign language, music, crocheting, genealogy, what unemployment feels like, believe in miracles & I'm a Mormon

About Me

I love music and have been singing since I was 4 years old. I played flute in a 2nd in Nation High school Marching Band. I was also involved in youth choirs and performing arts groups in high school and college. I love singing to those who are in the hospitals, especially children. I love to see their smiles as joy replaces their sad faces. I married the most wonderful man 31 years ago Nov 4th. We have 4 beautiful grandchildren and one more on the way. We have seven children whose ages range from 29 to 12. I did attend college, however did not graduate. I chose to raise our children over my education. I have worked as needed while raising our seven children with my husband. I enjoy being a mother, reading, researching genealogy, indexing names, playing board games, singing and signing, scrapbooking, and crocheting. Four years ago I went to school and received my Dental Assistant certificate. I am grateful for my education in the past. One of the several courses I took in college was sign language and that has provided opportunities with our children and in the workplace that I never expected and have fully enjoyed. I love working with children, including my own, and have been a substitute teacher and Hearing Impaired specialist. I love to tell people that I am a professional domestic engineer and would not trade that life for anything. I love learning and have decided to return to school after being out of college for 26 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, and remember from my childhood when I first recognized for myself that I knew, personally that Joseph Smith was a prophet. I was 5 or 6 years old and had been asked to speak in Primary; this is where young children attend their meetings for children. It was on a Sunday and I had been assigned to speak on the First Vision. My mother helped me memorize parts of the "First Vision". I did very well in front of my young peers and then in that same day I was asked to share my talk with adults in their Sunday School class. I was extremely timid at this age and was so scared. My mother encouraged me and told me she knew I could do it. I remember standing and looking out over the adult audience, closing my eyes and repeating "The First Vision". An elderly sister had exclaimed I needed to speak up as she could not hear me. I looked at my mother her nodded her head of encouragement, as if to say, "You can do it." I continued to press on and as I did I felt a spirit come over me testifying to me that what I was sharing was true. My little heart was beating so hard, yet as I felt those feelings, an incredible feeling of peace rested over me and from that day I have never doubted. This has helped me in some of my hardest challenges through my teenage years, college, and raising a family at this present time. I know that Joseph Smith was and is a true Latter-day prophet here on this earth. He was the Lord's instrument in bringing about the restoration of this gospel. . The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You will also be able to have those same convictions as you read and study to know this for yourself. I also know the Book of Mormon to be the Word of God. Families can be forever, how grateful I am for this knowledge!

How I live my faith

I Have had many opportunities to serve in various positions in our church. I am currently serving in Primary which is where our children ages 18 months to 11 years attend for lessons appropriate for their age on Sunday. I have served as Primary President, teacher, and the best calling in our church -(that is my opinion)-- serving as the Senior Primary Chorister. Teaching children the love of music, singing, leading, and directing has been very rewarding. I am also serving as Family History Consultant; one who helps others find information on their ancestors. Once you catch the genealogy bug it is hard to stop! I have also had an opportunity to be a Young Women's youth president serving with some very sweet and loving young women ages 12-17, who love the Lord and were great examples to me as their leader. I have also served in various positions in the largest International Women's organization--(Relief Society). I love to sing in the choir in our Church as well as our Christmas Cantata's which we perform 8 times in December every year; these concerts are free to our community. My husband and I have had opportunities to volunteer at Panoply for the Arts which is for the artists in our community to share their talents of all varieties and sale their works. All five of our sons have been active in scouting. Four of our five sons have achieved their Eagle award including our two sons who were injured in our Oklahoma car accident. I am a volunteer Merit Badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts in our area. To see a young cub grow up and become an Eagle scout is very rewarding. I have worked for the YMCA which is founded on Christian Gospel principles which allows me to live as I know a member of the church should live. I have served as a Hearing Impaired Specialist and love signing with wonderful friends in our community. I am ever learning more sign language and hope to one day be proficient in this and in the Spanish language. I love serving others in all walks of life.