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Hi I'm Ann

I grew up to in Northern California. I am the mother of five children and grandmother of thirteen. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been happily married for forty years. My husband and I are the parents of five children who are now grown. Before our children were born I taught second grade in the public school system. After my children grew up and left home I went back to school and earned a masters degree. I studied about parenting children with disabilities. Much of my studies focused on parents of children with type 1 diabetes. After graduate school, I taught college courses on marriage and family relations. I also volunteer in my community and church. I like to go on long walks with my husband. I am interested in reading and learning about real people who have faced difficulties in their lives. I also enjoy reading good fictional stories like Les Miserables.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with parents who were Mormon. My parents, grandparents, and great grandparents were all Mormons. During the first half of the 1800s my great grandparents on both my mother's and my father's sides joined the Mormon church either in England, Wales, or Denmark and came across the Atlantic to the United States on ships. After arriving on the east coast of the United States my great grandparents came across the plains in covered wagons or pulling handcarts during the mid 1800's. When I was a young girl I went to church with my parents and didn't think much about being a Mormon. It was just what we did. I do remember that I often felt different from some of my friends because I didn't smoke cigarettes, drink coffee, or alcohol and obeyed the commandments of modesty and chastity. When I left my parents' home and went to college, some of my new friends asked me questions about my religion. Some of their questions troubled me and I didn't feel I had adequate answers. I started to question my religious beliefs. I wanted to know for myself if the Mormon church was truly Christ's church. I prayed and determined I would try the promise of the ancient prophet, Moroni. I read Moroni's promise in the last chapter of the Book of Mormon. The reference is Moroni chapter 10 verses four and five (Moroni 10:4-5). In these verses Moroni promises that it is possible to know the truth of the Book of Mormon if after reading it,"ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, if these things are true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye May know the truth of all things.” I believe in this promise because I tried it. I have a testimony the divinity of Jesus Christ, His gospel, and living prophets.

How I live my faith

I read and study scriptures like the Bible and The Book of Mormon. I also enjoy watching, rewatching, and reading the talks given at the General Conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints every October and April. On Sundays I attend church meetings and teach a Sunday School class for adults. I enjoy visiting neighbors and getting to know them. I try to help people when I can.