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Hi I'm Anita

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of four grown children, and grandmother of twelve grandchildren. I love to hike around Southern Utah, especially in the mountains. I also love to ride my bicycle around the local area. My husband and I love working and serving others in the local LDS temple every week. We also enjoy delivering Meals-On-Wheels for the local Senior Center once a week. We love being friends with the recipients, who are frequently lonely shut-ins, who really look forward to visits from anyone.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS church. When I was young, I believed this church was the true church because my parents were such a good example of Christlike people. But, everyone, sooner or later in their life, has to find out for himself/herself the truth that God wants us all to discover. We have to stand on our own in our testimony of truth. When I was grown, I one day picked up the Book of Mormon and started reading it. I had read it before, but I knew this time was different. I had a hard time doing anything else until I had read all the way through the Book again. This time, the testimony of its truth, and a strong feeling that I was going to be thirsty for more knowledge, were my constant companions. I listened to the words of our current prophet with renewed ability to hear and understand. I had the "mighty change of heart" spoken of in the book of Mosiah, chapter 4 Book of Mormon. I, too, became a "convert", even though I had been a member all of my life. My testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ continues to grow each day of my life. I study the scriptures daily, and kneel in prayer twice a day, thanking God for my blessings, and asking for the things I need, including greater knowledge of His will. We are privilieged to have an eternal family, and they bring much joy into our lives. My husband and I had the opportunity to serve a full time mission for the Church in Washington State recently. We served on a Church owned ranch, where families and church groups can go to have family and church activities in a safe environment, and know that Church standards will be kept there, among which are: no smoking, consumption of alcohol, all night parties, and observance of Church standards of morality and modesty. The work was hard with long hours, but it was very satisfying work.

How I live my faith

I attend three hours of Church meetings every Sunday, and night Relief Society our women's service organization once a month. I serve as compassionate service leader, and in that capacity, I visit and call the members of our ward who are sick, lonely, or shut-ins. I also arrange to provide food for luncheons following funerals of ward members. The families in our ward are very willing to help whenever there is a need. I have an assistant who helps me plan for funerals and new babies born to "sisters" we call each other brothers and sisters in the Gospel of the ward. We make receiving blankets for all our new babies. I am a visiting teacher, and along with my partner, I make at least a once a month visit to an inactive sister in our ward. Even though she doesn't attend church services, we have become good friends with her, and all three of us enjoy our visits together so much. I think in this modern world, if we didn't have this visiting teaching program, we would not connect with each other as ward "sisters", and would become disconnected from all but our closest friends and family members. I believe God wants us to stay connected, and to be aware of each other's needs and likes. I serve every week for six hours in the St. George Temple as an ordinance worker. This work is the most rewarding work of all for me. I love how being in the Temple brings me closer to God and teaches me more about my relationship to Him.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not worship the Prophet Joseph Smith, but we revere him as the first prophet of the latter days. Through the power of God, Joseph was able to translate the ancient sacred record from plates of gold into the Book of Mormon, and have it published. In spite of intense persecution throughout his life, he stayed true to his divine mandate from the Lord, and organized Christ's church again on the earth. He also sent missionaries to territories in the United States and to foreign countries to spread the Gospel and the Book of Mormon abroad. He died as a martyr at age 39, when he was shot to death by a mob of Mormon-haters, thus sealing his testimony of truth with his blood. Yes, we revere Joseph Smith as one of the greatest men who ever lived on the earth, second only to Jesus Christ, our Savior. Show more Show less