In attempts to write an article for Ann Romney, wife of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, I realized how very little there is to document the life of this Bible worthy woman. It seems that I couldn’t find anything that could grasp the full breadth of her goodness and virtue. Which is why I am so very excited that she will be speaking at Time Out For Women, an event for “faithful women to step away from the daily routine and make space for themselves and their spiritual lives” (see www.tofw.com), November 2013.
Anyone can attend Time Out For Women, but those in attendance are primarily women members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently called the “Mormon Church”). There are T.O.F.W. events throughout the world from California to New Zealand. But fortunately for Ann’s grandchildren who live in Utah, she will be speaking at the Salt Lake City event
About Ann Romney
Ann exemplifies the true meaning of the word woman. She fills her role in the purest and noblest way by being true to who she is and who God wants her to be. An apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ said this of women: “God placed within women divine qualities of strength, virtue, love, and the willingness to sacrifice to raise future generations of His spirit children” (Quentin L. Cook, “LDS Women Are Incredible!” Ensign, April 2011) and Ann embraces this divine quality in a triumphant way.
Ann Romney is well known for her role as a housewife, and she wears that title as a badge of honor, with grace and dignity. In fact her son wrote in a booklet titled Ann Romney: A Mother First:
On one occasion, she was asked to speak at a women’s conference where other accomplished women also spoke—many of whom were lawyers, doctors, and business professionals. She initially felt sheepish about being included with such a group of distinguished career women. She questioned how those in the audience would think that she measured up, since she was “only a house-wife.” She stood before the audience and reported proudly that as a mother, she practiced psychology, nursing, and business and had become skilled in a host of other professions, all of which she learned on her own without any formal training.
The audience responded enthusiastically with the loudest cheers of the day (Josh Romney, Ann Romney: A Mother First).
Ann Romney has not only been a hard worker, extraordinary wife/mother/grandmother, full supporter of her husband’s noble pursuits to change the world, but she is a woman of deep faith in God. She has battled the life-threatening diseases of multiple sclerosis and breast cancer—and has come out on top with a smile on her face and even more of a life to offer! This woman is incredible! To be honest, I donated money to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign (despite being a broke young mom, trying to get my husband through school) in hopes that I could win the contest to eat lunch with Ann Romney.
Time Out For Women is surely blessed to have this woman as a speaker, and I hope those in attendance will be able to soak up the light she has to offer.
A Bible verse that is oft quoted by members of The Church of Jesus Christ (nicknamed “Mormons”) comes to my mind in attempts to describe this woman who has surely changed the world:
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2).
I invite you to learn more about what makes Ann Romney “different” by studying what she believes in—chat today with Mormon missionaries and ask any questions that you may have about Mormons and their faith.