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Hi I'm Anna

I study Chinese and teach it at a high school. I am married to an amazing cellist and have two young kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am in my mid-twenties and despite the rough economic times myself and many other twenty-somethings are going through right now, I think it is the best time of life so far. I graduated with a degree in Linguistics, where I did research on Mandarin Chinese phonetics. My husband and I are both cellists, though he created a career out of it, and I decided to focus more on my Chinese and our two kids. My kids are so important to me, and I really love at analyzing my parenting strategies, with the guiding help of the Spirit. I am also lucky to be able to teach Chinese part-time to high school students, and it is such a wonderful job. I love to see my students in such a crucial but fun time of their lives, and I love hearing about them after they graduate and move on. I hope to be able to share the talents with which I have been blessed, and to have a strong family where all my loved ones feel encouraged and loved.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, and I owe my conversion to the example of people I love. I once had a friend ask me why our church has so many social functions, and I responded that it is because we know we need each other! Every Sunday, we gather for three whole hours of encouragement, learning and discussion about the gospel in our lives. I have had many Sunday school teachers and leaders that did not just teach a nice lesson, they lived what they taught, and I noticed. I knew they had something special that I wanted to feel and understand too, so I tried to be like them. Just like planting a seed and watching it grow, I have been able to see real miracles of the gospel unfold in my life as I lived the way Christ has taught us to live. In my personal life, I pray a lot! I once saw a friend praying over her fast-food meal, and it inspired me to start praying more, even about seemingly insignificant things. I pray in my car during my commute to work, I pray at night and in the morning, and several times a day with my family. I pray because I want God to know that I am so grateful for the life I have been given. I pray because I receive essential inspiration about my actions and responsibilities, my job, and my relationships with my husband and children. Without prayer, I would feel so alone. My relationship with family and friends is helpful, but it is so comforting to also know that I have a Heavenly Father who knows the true desires of my heart and wants me to succeed. My most special memories center around the temple. My first visit to the temple, and my wedding to my husband both invoke feelings of brightness and warmth in my heart. I have never felt so special, or so loved. I believe in the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ. I have been through trials in life, but I know that as long as we lay our burdens before the Lord instead of trying to do everything ourselves, He will guide us and show us the happy endings we as humans so desperately dream of.

How I live my faith

At my church, I am the music leader for the children. We learn about the gospel through song together. When I memorize a song, the words never leave me. When I finish leading the children in a beautiful song about the Savior, I love to tell the children about the warm feelings they helped me feel. I love to stand before my congregation and tell them about my testimony of the Savior. We have such an amazing opportunity to do this every month during the Sabbath.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

When a family is created, husband and wife agree to forgive, encourage, and be loyal to each other. After having two small children, I know how much these innocent little ones rely on us as parents to be their primary example of how to live. That is why I feel the gospel is so important in our home. Show more Show less