Hi I'm Anne!
Currently, I am working on my undergraduate degree in English with an emphasis in literature and a minor in music. In addition to school and my part time job, I tutor others in English and edit their papers. After I graduate I will go on to earn my master's degree in English so that I can teach on a college level. I play the piano, tinker with the cello, and I sing soprano in a local choir. I have lived in 5 different states and I love learning about new people and new places. I served a mission in the St. George LDS visitor center and surrounding area.
Why I am a Mormon
I was "born into" the church, meaning my parents were both members of the church and had been married and sealed in the temple. I was baptized when I was 8 years old. I have always been drawn to light. I love light, both physical and spiritual light. I spent most of my childhood believing that the church was true, and having experiences that boosted my faith. I cannot say that I have had a huge experience where I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is on the earth again, but I can say that I have always believed it. I have had my doubts at time, as everyone does, but as I kept striving to find light, I kept finding myself turning to the scriptures, more specifically the Book of Mormon. I have turned to prayer, and have found the Lord there, ready to answer my questions. I am a Mormon because I know that this is Jesus Christ's true church and that Joseph Smith was called to restore that church. Whatever my doubts have been, I have never doubted that Joseph Smith was called by God.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
I have always known that Joseph Smith was called by God, to be a prophet. I have never doubted it. Some may not believe that a young man who was only 14 could pray an honest, sincere prayer to God and not only get an answer, but see God and Jesus Christ. But I do. I believe it because I can feel within myself that it is true. I have read many books and opinions on Joseph Smith, yet there is only one way to know if what he said happened is true. That is to pray and ask God if it is true. I've done that. I have gone "straight to the source" as it were. If anything is true or untrue, God will certainly know! And I know that Joseph Smith did really see God and Jesus Christ! I know it with all my heart, with all my mind, and with all of my soul. I would never be able to deny it nor would I ever wish too.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
I went on a mission because I knew I needed to. I needed to because I love sharing the message of hope and love that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings!! I want to stand on a mountain and proclaim it-I love it that much. I also love seeing what this message does to people's lives...it can change your life for the best.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
When I was nineteen years old, my father was diagnosed with cancer. When my parents told me about this diagnosis, I was devastated, and scared. I remember those days as being the darkest of my life. I spent a lot time in prayer and meditation and counseled with friends. I would never have been able to cope with the situation without the principles that the Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches: that Christ suffered every pain, both physical and emotional, that I have ever experienced. I wasn't going through any of this alone. After a period of six months my father passed away, and a new wave of grief came over me. I will never "get over" his death, but through the Gospel I have come to know that, because of Jesus Christ, death is not an end to life. We can be with our loved ones again after this life. While I was serving a mission for the LDS church, I gave a tour of an exhibit in which the life of a family is shown through film. At one point in the film, the beloved father and grandfather passes away. My heart was renewed with my own loss. A single scripture appeared on the screen, and suddenly, I was filled with hope and joy. "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." I testify that the principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ can help you to overcome any pain and any sorrow.
How I live my faith
Daily. While most of the time it is a challenge for me to remember simple, daily tasks like reading my scriptures, or praying, each day brings an opportunity to remember the Lord and renew my efforts to be obedient. It seems that when my priorities are in order, everything else just falls into place. My faith is my number one priority and without the constant rhythm of scripture reading, prayer and attending the temple, I become out of sync with myself, my family and the Lord. When I live my faith daily I am able to be the best person I can be.