Lili De Hoyos Anderson is a first generation American.  Her mother is French and her father is Mexican. She grew up in Indiana, but when she started high school, both her parents began teaching at BYU, so the family moved to Provo and she graduated from Provo High School.

Lili graduated from BYU in Sociology. She married Chris Anderson and they had 8 children in 12 years. They are affectionately referred to as the “Alphabet Kids” because their names are Adam, Bethany, Caitlin, Dominic, Eden, Faith, Graydon, and Harper. The Andersons are now collecting grandchildren, with 37, so far.

After almost 20 years of being a full-time homemaker, Sister Anderson felt directed to return to school to complete a Masters in Social Work degree at UNLV and later, a PhD in Marriage, Family, and Human Development from BYU, where she taught for several years in the School of Family Life. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has a private practice in individual, marriage and family counseling.

Dr. Anderson is an avid reader. She also enjoys sewing, music, quilting, photography, and making stained glass windows (little of which she currently has time for). However, a few years ago she started sewing again to make quilts for her grandchildren. She also donates to Quilts for Kids and Quilts of Valor for military veterans.

For over 25 years, she has presented at professional conferences and to church groups, including a BYU-I devotional address and as Keynote Speaker for the New Zealand YSA Conference. The Anderson family has lived in Oklahoma, Chicago, and Las Vegas, where they mostly raised their family. In Las Vegas, Sister Anderson taught both early morning seminary and two Adult Religion classes for several years. Her greatest love, after the gospel and her family, is teaching.

Dr. Anderson served for two terms as president of AMCAP (the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists). She also had the opportunity to serve on a Church Public Affairs committee, tasked with the .2 version of the mormonandgay.org website.

Last year, Lili started her own weekly podcast, also named “Choosing Glory.”

The Andersons live in Draper, Utah.

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