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Anita: Mormon.

Hi I'm Anita

About Me

I'm a mother of four (and the kids think I'm their taxi driver). I love to read, and my passion is researching family history, so all that time in libraries and archives led me to work on a masters in library and information science. Water aerobics in the outside community pool with a mountain sunrise is one of my favorite moments of the summer, but spring and autumn are even better. In college I studied Hebrew and Arabic and lived in Israel, and part of my heart and soul remains in Jerusalem--I love to travel, or at least dream about traveling.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS faith and am so grateful to have that as the foundation of my life. Knowing eternal truths gives me perspective and hope. Raising my family in the Mormon church gives us meaning and values. Most importantly, it helps us become closer to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Personal Stories

Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?

In the Old Testament, it talks about the hearts of the fathers and children being turned towards each other. This has happened in my life because my grandfather died before I was born, yet I've always felt close to him and have wanted to learn more about his life. Ultimately, I can't wait to meet him someday in heaven. As we learn about our family history, we are connected to our ancestors by love. As we then perform temple work on their behalf, we are further connected to them by sacred bonds.

How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?

My husband was diagnosed with cancer shortly before our first anniversary, and I faced the prospect of becoming a pregnant widow. Although that fortunately didn't happen, I was strengthened in a difficult time by my belief in eternal families and the gospel plan. I knew that I would be with my husband again, that heaven is a wonderful place, and God would help me through tough times. He did.

What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?

Little moments, day by day, trying to reinforce good values, right choices, faith in God, and love. We read scriptures at breakfast and pray together as a family. We enjoy family game nights and traveling together.

How I live my faith

I work with our church's women's organization and have spent many years teaching Sunday School classes. But our faith is not just a Sunday one, it permeates my life. Scripture study and prayer are a daily pursuit. I'm constantly aware of my behavior and try to be more Christlike in my thoughts and actions.