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Hi I'm Annette

I am a student who loves life, my family, my country, and most of all my Savior Jesus Christ! I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am a college student, working towards a degree in elementary education. I absolutely love learning, and look forward to sharing what I learn with others. I have seen and experienced how teaching can help change lives for the better, and I want to be able to do that all my life - regardless of if a classroom is involved! I have grown up mainly in Arizona, but have moved around enough that I consider myself to be a southwestern, northwestern, mid-western, and now mountain-western girl! My family is SO important to me. I have been blessed with the most amazing parents and many brothers and sisters. Growing up in a large family is one of the best things that has happened to me. I learned what is really important from my parents as they lovingly taught us and unselfishly sacrificed much in our behalf. Their conviction for what is true and good was foundational for my own convictions and the path I am on today. My life has been blessed and shaped by my rich family heritage. I am a patriotic American who loves her freedom, country, and the people who were instrumental in the founding and preservation of this great nation. I love reading good, fun, and uplifting literature (not college textbooks). I love the outdoors, and have a hard time staying in on a nice day. I enjoy traveling - it is so exciting to see new things, new places, and meet new people! I love beautiful music - playing it, singing it, listening to it, dancing to it. I love to laugh and be with people!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it makes me happy!! It is a fundamental part of who I am. I know that it is true with every fiber of my being. I have seen and experienced too much to ever deny it. I grew up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents and most of my grandparents and great-grandparents were life long members. I have ancestors who learned about the truth in the 1800's and left their homes and loved ones, sacrificing almost everything they had - their own lives in some cases - for the Savior and His restored gospel. My grandfather joined the church when he was a teenager, after years of searching for the truth. Thus, I was brought up in a home where these truths were taught and learned, lived and loved. As I grew older, I began searching the scriptures and praying earnestly on my own. I listened to the counsel of living prophets and apostles, and experienced the blessings they promised in my own life. My personal faith and knowledge grew, and the Lord taught me through the Holy Ghost that these things were true. I am a Mormon because I know that God appeared to Joseph Smith and called him to be a prophet. I know that God restored His priesthood power and authority to the earth and organized His church. I know that He called Joseph Smith to translate the Book of Mormon - an ancient record of God's dealings with His children on the American continent. When I was about 7 I remember kneeling behind a chair in our living room and praying to know that the Book of Mormon was true. The Lord answered my prayer. I felt encircled in the arms of His love. I felt incredible peace, joy, and excitement. My heart was so full I thought it would explode. Because of that answer, and many since, I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and that we have a living prophet today, Thomas S. Monson. I know that Jesus Christ lives, and stands at the head of this church. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith every day of my life. It is a fundamental part of who I am. I have learned that small, daily decisions are so important for staying close to the Savior. Small daily things such as studying the scriptures and having meaningful prayer have changed my life. I also believe that the Lord gives us opportunities each day to serve Him by serving His children who are around us. A modern-day prophet of God, Spencer W. Kimball, taught: "God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets out needs." Many people have done this for me, and though I am very lacking and inept, it is something that I try to do too. I have had the opportunity to work with youth and children in the church. Currently, I am a teacher in the church women's organization in my area. I actively participate in church meetings and additional activities and projects during the week. Although life can get busy as a working, full-time student, I also take opportunity to go to the Temple. Temples are sacred places in which we learn more about God and His plan for us and our families. I find peace and direction as I go to the Temple. A few years ago I had the opportunity to serve as a missionary in Nebraska. While there I grew to love the wonderful people I worked with. I saw lives change as people learned the truth and committed to follow the Savior. I saw miracles as people were healed from addictions and suffering. I saw light and hope replace darkness and despair. I saw people experience joy they had never imagined before. This experience brought me incredible joy, and gave me the desire to give my will to the Lord, and follow His plan for me. In many ways His plan for me has proven different than mine, and has not always been easy, but it has always been so much better. My desire is to be used by the Lord in whatever capacity and whichever location he needs me. I have found that this is truly what brings the greatest happiness!