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Hi I'm Anne

I'm a writer, a wife, mother, and grandmother. I grew up in England. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have four children and fifteen grandchildren. I love to read, and to write books, screenplays, and magazine articles. I also enjoy growing vegetables, herbs, and fruit. Another interest is studying natural health and using Aromatherapy remedies for minor ailments.

Why I am a Mormon

I investigated many different religions while traveling across the USA in 1963/64, but always felt something was missing, and gradually became disillusioned with the whole concept of a “right church.” I was also unhappy about the way many of my peers were living. There was an ugly darkness and little direction in many lives. Immorality, drinking, smoking, drugs — I could not believe that was how life should be lived. After arriving in Los Angeles, I worked at Western and Southern Insurance on Wilshire Boulevard. After ten months, I wanted to return home to England. I stayed another four weeks to train the replacement secretary. The young woman hired to replace me was Mormon. Thus began the most amazing four weeks of my life. I later believed this was the purpose of my North American trip. Carolyn's faith was a new one to me. I thought it would be another concept for the “been there, done that” list. However, I found answers to my countless questions, as I listened to missionary discussions, and had such a strong logical and spiritual conversion that I wanted to be baptized as soon as possible. Nothing went smoothly. The worst obstacle happened when I came home from work one night and fell down the apartment building stairs, wrenching my ankle so badly I fainted. The following weekend Elders Van Dyke and Abelhouzen baptized me. Two days later, I returned to England to a disbelieving family who took me to dinner and wanted to treat me to champagne. That was tricky. I later discovered that Carolyn had been in the middle of an English degree before she arrived in LA looking for a job. She felt impressed to leave her studies and work for a while, and live near her parents’ home in Van Nuys. She later returned to Brigham Young University and completed her degree, but always felt the purpose of taking that break was to meet me. I am forever grateful she followed those promptings of the spirit.

How I live my faith

I currently teach 3-year-old children in our church Primary organization. I also share gospel related posts on Facebook.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Anne
In the book of Malachi in the Old Testament Malachi 4:6, it says, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet . . . And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers . . . ” The prophet Elijah appeared to Joseph Smith in the Kirtland Temple on April 3, 1836, bringing keys that caused ancestors hearts to turn to descendants and descendants to look for their ancestors. Help started flowing from both sides of the veil as people the world over began a passionate quest for their roots. Mormons believe the turning of hearts is happening for a unique purpose—that of ensuring families are united eternally through work performed in temples.This work includes baptism for the dead. Freedom to choose is, and always will be, a vital part of the Savior's gospel, both in this life and the next. Ancestors can accept or reject temple work completed on their behalf. Show more Show less