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Hi I'm Anna Maria, I love my family!

I love being outdoors! I'm a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I grew up in Southern Illinois near St. Louis Missouri and moved to North Central Arizona with two small children when I was 21. Now, I am a mother of four children, three sons who are married to wonderful women, and one lovely daughter and son-in-law, who are all focusing on their own lives and families. I am now enjoying the wonderful stage of being a Nana to beautiful and precious grandchildren and I am anticipating the arrival of many additional angels to grace our growing family! I attend college and am working toward an MBA in Finance. I very much enjoy being with my family, boating and other outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and swimming or just star-gazing at the awesome Arizona night skies. My youngest son served a mission in Poland and I hope to travel there and many other places when circumstances permit me to travel and explore new places and people.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because I received a very powerful and personal witness that this is God and Christ's church and organization and it has brought much peace, hope and happiness in my personal life and for my children. I grew up in the Catholic religion then joined the church in my late twenties and it was the best and most positive life changing decision I could have ever made. I am so grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and have received an outpouring of blessings that have lifted my burdens and strengthened my character. To know that I am loved by my Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ just because I breathe, empowers me and enriches my life beyond anything this life and world can throw at me.

How I live my faith

Every day is an opportunity to live my faith and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ by kindness, respect and loving my family, friends, neighbors and strangers. I pray daily for opportunities to give service and to lift someone's spirits and for their day to be brighter. The highlight of my entire week is participating in church meetings each Sunday. Even when I travel I will find the nearest meethouse and attend services. I teach and work with the youth on Sundays. I love being with the youth and supporting them and sharing their lives and helping them to be better individuals and strong leaders.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Anna Maria, I love my family!
Welfare services are an opportunity to love and care for those of us in our wards and neighborhoods that are struggling with personal financial matters. I am so grateful for the gift of giving and the blessings that flow both ways when we open our hearts, pantries and wallets. The teachings of Jesus Christ clearly emphasises taking care of the poor and needy in our society and Latter Day Saints take this admonition to heart. I am comforted to know that if I or my family is ever in need I can turn to my Bishop and ward in confidence that my basic needs will be met and that all will be well. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Anna Maria, I love my family!
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe and understand that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and our Saviour. That He was born of the Virgin Mary, that He lived perfectly and taught us how to return to live with our Father in heaven, and that He was crucified and gave His life on the cross to atone for our sins. The definition of Christian is 'a person professing belief in Jesus as the Christ, or in the religion based on the teachings of Jesus' (Webster's New World College Dictionary p249) and so Mormons are most definitely Christians in the truest sense of the word! Jesus Christ and His teachings are central to Mormon doctrine and practice. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Anna Maria, I love my family!
Oh, I am so grateful to have a sure knowledge that death is not the end, but only a beginning of another part of our eternal progression to return to live with my Father in Heaven! I am comforted to know that at death our spirit separates from our earthly body and returns to our God who created us, to continue to learn, progress in knowledge and light, and to re-unite with those that have gone before us. My heart aches for my beloved sister and wonderful father who left behind my broken heart, but when I think of them often, I am also overcome with happiness and peace to know that they live on in a state of peace and are near my side to help me along so that I can continue to live a meaningful life. After Jesus' death on the cross his body and spirit were re-united and he was resurrected, never to die again, and I look forward to receiving that same wonderful blessing of eternal life that Jesus has made possible for each of us. I look forward to seeing my sister's beautiful face once more and embracing my father who sacrificed so much for his family. Show more Show less