YOU GOT THIS
Dating After Divorce offers practical and honest advice about what may be the most vulnerable time in your life. This survival guide will make dating an adventurous journey rather than a treacherous expedition.
WE’VE BEEN THROUGH IT
Annette and her ex share three beautiful daughters. Divorced since 2015, Annette hosts a podcast on dating and delves into issues that are often side-stepped in Church circles. Annette, who married at age 37, says she’s been in the “trenches, dating and observing the dating habits of divorced members of the Church.” She usually meets men online through Facebook, LDSPlanet or Mutual, and at Church singles activities.
“I’ve also done lots of reading on vulnerability, setting boundaries, and other relationship issues,” says Annette says, who lives in Colorado. “The podcast allows people to express, connect and strengthen.”
Steve Smith was born and raised in Tooele, Utah. He was raised in a part-member home and has a unique perspective for this book having been the child of divorce, and divorcing in 2013 after being married for 20 years.
He attended school at Snow College as well as graduating from Utah State University. In the middle of his post high school studies, Steve had the opportunity to serve two missions for the church.
He has two wonderful children, a girl and a boy. He currently lives in Johnstown, Colorado and is an active member of the Church.
“Life never goes as planned.
“Maybe you’ve been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints your whole life, or you converted when you were younger. You’ve done almost everything you were asked to do. You served a mission. You attended BYU and got your college degree. You got married in the temple and had children that have been a huge blessing in your life.
“Everything is going just as you had planned and envisioned in your future.
“Fast forward 10, 15 or maybe even 20 years. Somehow, someway you are now single again! No matter how, no matter why it happened, it happened. Things weren’t supposed to be this way, but now they are. What are you supposed to do? You may feel lost and hopeless. You may be discouraged. All of these feelings are normal. You aren’t broken. Many others have gone through this and been OK. You will get through it and you will be a better person for it and stronger than you ever thought you were.”