Annalee Skarin

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Annalee Skarin
Born 7 July 1899
Died 17 January 1988
Occupation Author
Spouse Reason Skarin

Annalee Skarin (July 7, 1899 – January 17, 1988), born Nansela Mathews, the granddaughter of "Wild Bill" Hickman, was a popular New Age/Metaphysical author, originally raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). She gained fame by claiming to believe in the possibility of attaining immortality through the ardent pursuit of Christian principles, which she summarized as gratitude, praise, and love.

In Mormonism, it is believed that some individuals, such as Enoch and Moses underwent translation, where they are "changed from a mortal state to one in which they are temporarily not subject to death."[1] Skarin claimed to have invented a meditation technique by which anyone could translate themselves directly into Heaven, although her definition is more closely related to the Christian idea of ascension than the translation doctrine of the LDS Church.


In her writings she rejects the regular Christian doctrine that physical death is inevitable. While she accepts the Christian doctrine that virtuous people can die and be later admitted to Heaven, she regards this path as "the dreary backdoor entrance", and asserts that the path to true glory involves Ascending to Heaven with one's physical body alive and intact, via a process she called (using the term commonly used by Mormons) "translation" (overcoming of bodily death). She also claimed to be able to visit the spirit world at will and spoke in her books about looking down and observing Earth from the spirit world.

Problems with the LDS Church[edit]

Originally a devout[citation needed] Mormon, she was excommunicated from the LDS Church shortly after publication of her first book, Ye Are Gods, because it was perceived by high-ranking members of the church that the book's contents seriously blasphemed against Mormon belief.


Proof has emerged that she did actually die of natural causes:[citation needed] it is possible to go and visit her grave, which is located in Sunset Hill Cemetery in Corning, California.[2][3]

Books by Annalee Skarin[edit]

It is also widely believed[who?] that the book:

  • Sons Of God, by Christine Mercie (ISBN 978-0-87516-059-7, published by De Vorss and Co, 1954) which Skarin references in her other works, was in fact written by Annalee Skarin herself.


  1. ^ McConkie, Mark L. (1992), "Translated Beings", in Ludlow, Daniel H. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Mormonism, New York: Macmillan Publishing, p. 1485-86
  2. ^ The Life and Death of Annalee Skarin Archived September 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ The Death Certificate of Annalee Skarin Archived September 1, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.


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