Prayer & Fasting

San Diego LDS Temple

San Diego Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

I’ve often wondered how to improve my attention and obedience to the Holy Ghost and I discovered that fasting and prayer are marvelous tools.

Prayer allows us the opportunity to speak with God, the Eternal Father, in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ. We can talk to Heavenly Father in prayer about those things that are problematic or joyous to us. We don’t have to limit our conversations. He’s willing and wanting us to pray. After we’ve given Him our thanks and expressed the desires of our hearts, He sends the Holy Ghost, a vehicle of revelation, to speak to our heart, mind, and soul. To comfort and to inspire us as to which way to go or what to say or what to do. Those answers come quickly or over time.

Fasting is a physical challenge with spiritual blessings. We sacrifice meals to humble ourselves to the will of God. By giving up what we want, we’re in tune with the Spirit. We’re in tune with the whispering of the Holy Ghost to those things we’re in need of resolving or understanding. We come to the Lord in humility and gratitude for which we profit everything by submitting to His will and desires for us.

When we’ve come with clean hands and pure hearts, we’re granted the clarity by the Holy Ghost to see those things that are needful. The better part. The best. And Heavenly Father only wants the best for us. He is training us to listen, to learn, and to love Him, as He loves us.

For now, I wish you joy and love. Smiles!

Summer Fun

We’re reading LOTS of good, better, and the best books as part of a challenge from various friends, family and Church leaders to READ. We hope you’re READING in a cozy nook or on road trips or wherever you desire too…

Here’s our family reading list for the summer…

The Book of Mormon from cover to cover. 9 pages per day.
I WILL REJOICE illustrated by Amy June Bates.  Amy is one of my favorite illustrators and REJOICE is my word for 2016.
Call of the Wild, The – by Jack London (see here). Prep for child(ren) in our household who are entered high school in a few years, ah!
The Dashner Dash. See for details about THE FEVER CODE release.
Frog and Toad Are Friends – by Arnold Lobel (see here). Because best friends should always help you find your buttons.
Its an eclectic grouping of books, but we’ve got another 10 weeks of summer, let the reading begin! Live, love, read!!

We LOVE to read!

We LOVE to read!

We LOVE to read!


Woohoo! You’ve read all the messages in your inbox.


That’s what I see at the top of my inbox.  This doesn’t mean I’ve replied to all my emails, but I have read them. I’ve even found some emails that motivated me to spend hours on the internet researching books, authors, and more writerly meanderings.

This upcoming weekend I’ll be attending a baptism for my niece (one of the 25) who will become a member of the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints. I’m sure excited that she’s already got copies of my books “I Want to be Baptized” and “The Holy Ghost is like a Baptism” because that means I get to shop for something else (maybe a Minky Couture blanket?).

But I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of the 18000+ folks who have buy my books for baptisms, confirmations, funerals…it’s a blessing to know the little inspired stories that I write matter to families and friends.




Seek & Ye Shall Find

Hide & Seek is a favorite childhood game. I loved to hide and wait to be found.  Usually, I’d scream and laugh when someone would find me. Other times, I would rather be the one to find and seek out my sisters and cousins from hidden spaces in the attic or garden or fort.

Jesus promised, “Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”

Shepherd w/Sheep

As a parent, I’m learning to teach our children to “ask” and wow! I’m learning so much about what happens when you ask for help or ask for exactly what you want. The children know the difference between an instruction and a statement at our house. They say “Its a chilly day” and I don’t presume to offer them a coat or hot chocolate because they are only making a statement. I don’t need to take action. But when they ask, “Can I have a jacket, its chilly today…” I’m every so willing to hunt down a coat, mitten, gloves and beanie for them (in San Diego it does get into the a brisk cool 70 sometimes ;o)

I don’t read minds. I don’t play hide & seek, but I do ask. I ask for help. I ask for more information. I ask and plead in prayer. I often find solace in seeking out answers to questions I’ve asked hundreds of times. And depending on the season of life, those answers change. I adapt. I overcome and I certainly know Heavenly Father knows when I’m making statements or asking for help.

The parable of the lost sheep — not a lamb or a baby sheep, but a full grown sheep with experience to know better. A sheep that other lambs will follow if not found again. A shepherd knows his sheep and goes out to find them. He sleeps with them in fields. He fends off wolves and would give his life to protect them. The sheep know Him. And that lost sheep goes to hide. I often imagine that the shepherd is always aware of the sheep’s location. Only when the sheep is ready to return to the fold does he bleat and beg for help. Then, the shepherd goes to the rescue. If we are sheep and we don’t want to be found, we don’t speak up or say anything. Only when we’re ready to return do we make a big fuss.  Kinda like when I didn’t want to play hide and seek anymore so I’d giggle and laugh to make it easier to be found.

ASK – Ask. Do. Admit what we want/need/desire/hope/wish…

SEEK – Seek. Look for solutions. Think outside the box…

FIND – Find. Make a choice. Choose an option, weight the pro/cons and move forward…

…and then, we’re promised blessing will be OPENED unto us. If we make a wrong choice, ask for help, seek a new solution, find more answers…

I wish you JOY!  Smiles, Anna

The Survivor Tree, NYC

The Survivor Tree, NYC

P.S. I’ll be signing at the LDStorymakers Mass Author Signing at the Provo/Marriott Convention Center.  If you’re available or interested, please come visit me.

Read & Rejoice

It’s great to be eight.

Our youngest just turned six and is learning to draw the number 8. She got a small whiteboard as a gift and covers the surface with figure eights, 8 and says to me, “I can’t wait to be 8.

What a blessing to have “I Want to Be Baptized” and “The Holy Ghost is Like a Blanket” for her to read and ponder before she turns eight and makes that important choice in her life.

I had the blessing of signing a few books for some friends who came to town. I do love signing books for special events like baptisms and confirmations.

The gospel is a joy and at this Easter season when we rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, I find happiness abounding all around in the simple joys of life, even drawing the letter 8, it’s great!


Stay Tuned – I’ll be headed to Provo/Orem the first week of May for book signing events.


Deseret Book from Suzanne Calton 8-9-2015

I’m thankful for friends who send me pictures of my little book, the publisher, the illustrator, and my family who support me.

At Thanksgiving time, we are grateful. We eat food. We cherish memories of family. We preserve traditions and worship God.

Saying “Thank you” is undervalued these days and I hope you use it every day. Smiles!!

P.S. I recommend a good Minky to enjoy Fall.

Birthday Party

It’s my birthday tomorrow — so I’m going to party today!!

Wednesday Sept 9th is the release of the board book version “I Want to Be Baptized” illustrated by Corey Egbert. Hip Hip Hurray!!

Property of Annalisa Hall

Baptism & Confirmation Books

Special thanks to CEDAR FORT and my family! I hope your loved ones enjoy these books as much as we do. They are available in Spanish and Portuguese too.


Its 2015

This is the year to do #BETTER

“I Want to Be Baptized” will be exhibited at the new San Diego Library at the 49th Local Author Exhibit.  The book will be featured in the lobby and online for the entire month of February. The Local Author Exhibit highlights the intellectual and creative accomplishments of writers in the San Diego region. The San Diego Public Library accepted local author Annalisa Hall who has published books in 2014. If you’re in town, stop by to the new San Diego library.

As an active member of LDStorymakers, RWA, and SCBWI, I will be attending several national conventions this year, so be looking for me coast to coast.

000 Anna


Contact Cedar Fort at if you’d like to set up a signing at your bookstore or speak at your school or book clubs. I’d love to meet and greet more readers this year.  Help me reach 2015 followers on Twitter @helpfulannalisa


P.S. Keep a sharp look out for COREY EGBERT’s latest illustrations at His latest book “I Hope They Call Me On A Mission” by Benjamin Hyrum White is out MARCH 10th


Happy Christmas

Love (Photo by Annalisa)

Love (Photo by Annalisa)

Tis the season to be merry and bright.

Joy to the World. Love one another. Peace on Earth.

Thank you for those who joined the blog tour for “I Want to Be Baptized” it was so awesome to read each review and feel the love. My heart goes out to all of you.

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