About Ann Laemmlen Lewis

I was born and raised in central California on a fruit farm, then attended and graduated from BYU, served a mission to South Africa, did humanitarian work for 3 years in Nigeria, was an editor for the LDS International Magazines, and married when I finally my met husband, John on a blind date when I was 31.  We have 3 fabulous kids:  Adam, Claire and Aaron.  We enjoy traveling and doing what we can to help each other navigate this journey we are all on.

We are heading to Yakima, Washington to open a new LDS Mission on July 1, 2015.  We’ll serve there for the next 3 years.

These are the things I love:
Family history, humanitarian work, writing, reading, making quilts, changing seasons and homemade soup.

These are the things I do:
I teach a semester-long Family History course in Orem, Utah and have had 1000s of students.
I am also a Utah Leader with a fantastic organization called Days for Girls. We make feminine hygiene kits for girls in developing countries, which helps keep them in school every day of the month. We have 100os of women all over the valley working on these kits every week. You can learn more about it here: http://www.daysforgirls.org/ or on our Days for Girls Utah Valley Facebook page.

20 Responses to About Ann Laemmlen Lewis

  1. Ann, We just read your blog and marvel at your intuitiveness and the variety of experiences that you cherish. We are proud to be part of your life experience. We are looking forward to your continued blogs and hope that they will inspire us to write our own experiences and personal history. Love, Dad and Kris

  2. Ken Collett says:

    I would like to suggest a correction. The poem “History” By Frederick G. Williams was written by Frederick Granger Williams IV. He is currently a professor at BYU. Here is a biography. http://spanport.byu.edu/directory/fgw5/
    I know he wrote the sonnet because I was in his Ward in Wisconsin when he wrote it.

    • Thanks Very Much. I’m glad to know this. I’ve loved this poem for years and have always attached it to the wrong FGW. Maybe I’ll go meet him at BYU and shake his hand!

  3. Helen Dixon says:

    Ann, you are one smart cookie! By the way, thanks for coming to my dad’s funeral. It was great having you and John there!

  4. Ad says:

    Dear Ann, we can’t believe you kept us out of this wonderful blog of yours till Adam got married!! What a great way to see the family grow up and read your stories! We love it! I can see you are still quilting as well. I am Marjo’s biggest fan and am so impressed with her latest work that I will send you a picture of her last piece of art (in my humble opinion 😉 ). Great to see Adam’s wedding pictures as well as see him growing up – which we were lucky to see apart of as well -.
    What a great family you have!! Love from South Africa!

  5. Judith hegewald says:

    Hello.
    I am a member of a Bountiful Ward. We have been challenged with making these kits to donate at our annual Women’s Conference.. I would like to continue on making these hygiene kits. Can you please tell me how I can contact you so I can know where to take them as they’re finished.

    Thanks,

    Judith Hegewald
    801-298-3051

  6. Christina Martinez says:

    Ann, I would love to attend your family history classes! please let me know where they are being taught.

  7. Jeannie Burnham says:

    Our Relief Society would like to get involved in Days for Girls. Could you please call me. Jeannie Burnham 801 225 7321 . thank you, Jeanniie

  8. Ann, my wife (Marcia Ogden) attended your class last spring, and because of all the glorious things she began doing in family history she made me jealous — I wanted to be in your class also. I’d love to attend your fall classes but I’m teaching my BYU classes during the day and serving in the Provo Temple in the evening. HOWEVER! I noticed you have your classes online. Is there a way you could send them to me so I can download them and listen to them on my iPod while I’m on the treadmill?

  9. Barry and Linda Brown says:

    Dear Ann We have been blessed by by your classes and inspiration. Thank you and unlimited success in the mission field. I will always remember my mission president and his wife. We always looked forward to the times we would be taught and inspired by them. We look forward to the Trees lecture in January. I may choose to attend both sessions hoping to pick up in the second session what i might miss in the first. With respect and gratitude. Barry and Linda Brown

  10. Alyna Reading says:

    Dear Mrs. Lewis,
    I write for a voluntary youth newspaper. I would love to write an article about “days for girls” and like to ask you some questions about it. If you don’t mind, I’d love to hear from you.
    -Alyna Reading 🙂

  11. David Barkdull says:

    Hi Ann, you may or may not remember me from our missions in S Africa. I was your Zone leader briefly in the Sandton area. I stumbled across your Facebook page on Sis Wood’s Facebook, and I stumbled across her’s when I was looking at someone else’s from South Africa last night, I think Roy Swartzberg. Anyhow, it is great fun to see familiar faces from a wonderful time in my life. It doesn’t seem like it was so long ago yet when I see how some of us have changed over the years I realize I’m not 19 years old. In fact I will soon be and grandfather in here in a few more months – ehhh! I live in Colorado Springs and a few weeks ago my wife participated in a stake wide service project making these sanitary pads your organization does. I don’t know if they did it via your program or what. I’ll have to ask my wife when I get home. I just flew in to SLC last night to spend the rest of the week with my folks in Pleasant Grove for Mother’s Day. I’ve always remembered you and your companion because you were such wonderful, mature, and dedicated missionaries. If you wish to contact me my email address is drbarkdull@gmail.com I do have a photo of our zone at the Lion Park maybe, we’re all standing out in front of a grass hut. I’ll send it to you if you are interested and give me your email.
    Warm regards, David Barkdull

  12. mavere11 says:

    Sister Lewis!
    Beth Whitaker is the “mother” of my singles ward in Provo and I just received my call to serve in the Washington Yakima mission, on August 26. I can’t wait to meet you next Sunday at your farewell.
    Sincerely,
    Madison Averett

    • I am so excited to meet you, Madison! I LOVE Beth. She’s like a sister to me. She’s told me all about you. We are going to have some fabulous experiences together.
      Tomorrow Elder Bednar will set us apart. I’m nervous and excited. I’m so glad you live nearby so our friendship can easily continue for a long long time. Thanks for writing! Sis. Lewis

  13. Debbie Andersen says:

    Sister Lewis,
    I met you a couple years ago at a Days for Girls event in Orem. Since then, I have taken time to read your blogs and follow some of your ideas on Pinterest. You are an amazing person and I admire your many talents and skills. Thanks for being such a great example and inspiration to me in so many ways. Lately, I have been listening to your Family History Courses online and love the information. Thank you so much. Is there a way that I can get the handouts that are connected with your classes? I would love to have them, if possible. If you are too busy to respond, I understand! Also lessons 11,12, and 13 are no longer accessible, is that on purpose? Is there anywhere that I can get access to those lessons?
    Have a great day!

    Debbie Andersen
    Pleasant Grove, UT

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