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Hi I'm Anne!

I'm a writer, an editor, a student, a teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

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.

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.

What is the priesthood?

Anne!
The Priesthood is the power of God. It is given to those worthy men who believe in Him. It is a responsibility to care for the Lord's flock. It cannot be obtained by any other means than by proper authority-or through someone who has obtained it from someone in authority to give it. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Anne!
We believe that to enter into the Kingdom of God, everyone must be baptized by immersion and through the correct authority (given by God to men, not taken upon oneself). There are millions of people who have never had the opportunity to be baptized, or have never even heard of the name of Jesus Christ. To these we offer the opportunity of baptism and membership in Christ's church. It is then up to them to accept or reject this ordinance. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Anne!
We ought to be. The definition of a Christian is one who believes in, and follows Jesus Christ and his teachings. Indeed, we ought to be Christians. A Christian believes in Jesus Christ. They follow his teachings and invite the world to do the same. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as a whole, believe in Christ, follow his teachings and invite the world to do the same. There is a wonderful talk sermon given by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, on this very question. You can find it via www.lds.org. http://lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-775-15,00.html I believe that to say that one IS a Christian, means that one is following that definition. It is a very personal commitment. Every day of our lives, no matter what Christian denomination we come from, we OUGHT to be Christians. This is a goal that we should always be striving for, working on it every day. "What would Jesus do?" is an excellent question to ask ourselves. There may be some times when we don't act like Christians, which is all the more reason we OUGHT to be trying to be like Christ. Some days I don't act like a follower of Christ. It doesn't mean that I do not believe in Christ, it just means that I need to work a little harder to be worthy to be called a Christian. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

Anne!
Our regular church meetings are open to all who wish to worship with us. Those that have become members of the church through baptism can then, after some time, participate in the ordinances of the temple. In one way, attendance is similar. In both places we are taught of God's plan for us. In the temple, this learning experience can be greater because the temple is a sacred, holy place where we make covenants with God. It does not replace our attendance to the regular church meetings, but it helps us to get closer to God. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Anne!
Perfectly symmetrical flowers. Sunsets. Breathtaking views off the side of a cliff. Faces of people I have never met or seen before. Breathing. Laying on my back porch and staring at the stars at night. Seeing the sunlight sift through the leaves in a forest. Miracles. A heartbeat. Children. Family. Friends. Love. The feelings I have when I pray to Him. I feel at home when I pray. I feel that someone really is listening, and that someone really does care about me and my life. I can never deny that I know God is there and that He never leaves us alone. " Yea, and all things denote there is a God yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." -Alma 30:44 Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Anne!
Mormon women are fantastic. They strive to live in harmony with the scriptures, just as Mormon men do. But men and women have different, divine roles. One is not better than the other, but without one, the other would fail. "The Family:A Proclamation to the World" was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley in the General Relief Society Meeting in September of 1995. This proclamation upholds and defines the family. Here's a quote about the roles of men and women: "By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation." Yes, we believe that men and women are equal in the sight of God. We are all His children. But we have different roles. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Anne!
The Book of Mormon, like the Bible, was written by prophets-men called by God to teach and make known His law. These prophets wrote down the words of the Lord, their prophecies and all that the Lord commanded them to write. There were 3 prophets who were very involved in compiling and translating the Book of Mormon. The first two, Mormon and Moroni, took the records of their people, the Nephites, and compiled the most precious and most important records into what is now the Book of Mormon. Moroni was the last prophet to write in the book. Many hundreds of years later, the prophet Joseph Smith was given the book and commanded by the Lord to translate it so that the world could read the prophecies and history contained within. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Anne!
You can know that Mormonism is true. The easiest way to do this is to go to the source of truth. If you want to know if you have an illness, you typically ask a doctor. If you want to learn to paint, you speak to a painter. If you want to know which religion is true, you ask God. To me, it seems simple. Joseph Smith prayed to know which church he should join, so he knelt in sincere prayer. Our Father in Heaven wants us to have the truth, and he wants to answer our questions. We cannot receive answers to questions that we never ask. Kneel in prayer and ask God if what you have learned is true. I can tell you that He does answer, in His own time. Sometimes it takes fervent, frequent prayer on our part. And sometimes it may not come when we want it to. But the answer will come; often it will come in a quiet, simple way. For me, I feel a calm feeling, or sometimes the path I must follow is just clear in my mind. Listen for your answer with care: rarely does it come as a flash of lightning, sudden and loud. God will reveal the truth to you when you ask. Show more Show less