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Hi I'm Anna

I am an Anthropologist and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Anna, and I am at a university getting a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Communications and I will be graduating by the end of 2012. Right now I am doing undergraduate research about Celiac Disease and how people cope with this life changing disease. I have Celiac Disease and many people in my family have it as well, and in many ways it has been a big blessing in my life. I love all kinds of things some being: music, singing, dancing, sign language, studying other people and learning about other cultures and ideas, reading, riding dirt bikes, traveling around the world, farming, and learning. I love enjoying the simple things in life, a beautiful sunset, mowing the lawn, looking at the stars, and going for long walks. I want to make a positive difference in the world. Someone once told me it was impossible to change the world, and I disagree, it is possible to change the world one person, one smile, one laugh, one friend at a time. I love being able to help others and to listen and encourage them as they strive to understand and face life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member my whole life, and I have also known my whole life the truth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. That being said, I have had my own times of doubt, and questioning. For a couple years, I stepped away from my beliefs and tried to find happiness elsewhere. At first I was happy, but the further I got from the things I knew to be true the less happy I was. After a couple years searching for happiness, not finding it. I decided to turn my life around. This process was not easy and in some ways I feel like I am still letting those scars from those life choices heal. I have been on both sides, and honestly I am truly happy as a member of Christ's true church. Not only does living my beliefs bless me each moment of my life through the good times, it blesses my life through the hard times and even the bad. The reason I can wake up each morning and continue on with my life, with a smile and hope, is because I have faith in my Savior Jesus Christ, that He lives and that He knows who I am and that He wants to help me face each day, each trial, each moment He is with me. I also know with all my heart that the teachings, principles and doctrines that are taught are true. I have had a confirmation by the Holy Ghost, which only speaks the truth, that it is true, and nothing can make me deny that power. I love the scriptures not only the Old and New Testament but also The Book of Mormon. I have come to know and understand who Jesus Christ is, His character, through these scriptures. I understand the atonement and His ultimate, everlasting sacrifice He made for us. He died and lived for us. Jesus Christ is the way, the light and the truth. He has made it possible for us to have a good life. Sometimes in my wandering I felt like it was impossible for Heavenly Father to still love me and accept me back. But I learned that this is NEVER the case. He waits with open arms, and His love for us is full. We are the ones who have to choose to let Him in.

How I live my faith

For me to live like I believe, I feel that this means to do the simple things such as, pray, study the scriptures, keep the commandments, go to the temple, go to church, serve my fellow beings, and to strive to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. I strive to become like Him on a daily basis, and I am very thankful for His perfect example. Some other ways that I live my faith is being involved in my own branch and/or ward that I am in. I have worked with young single adult women for the last few months helping them as they try to make good choices. Supporting them in the struggles of being a young single adult in a inconsistent world, where we are faced with making moral decisions on a daily basis. I love sharing the things I am learning with them and getting to know them, finding friendship and support in my own trials as well. I also have been an Especially For Youth (EFY) counselor during the last few summers, which is a week long church camp at colleges across the United States. I love teaching and being with the youth of the church, I am strengthened by their examples, and their faith. I also love being able to be surrounded by other young single adults that are striving to make good choices, and live what they believe. I also try to do the simple things in life, I love serving others and helping those I see in need no matter if they are a member of my church or not. I know that Jesus Christ loves everyone, and I strive to look for the good in others and serve them as Christ would serve them. I spend time with my family, and I try to make new friends and reach out to those who need support. Living my faith is a lifestyle, being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a lifestyle not simply a religion, or an ideology. It is the lifestyle for me and it brings me joy to serve others and lift them up, and to be lifted up in return.

What is faith?

Faith is an action. Faith is hoping for something that may not be seen, or heard, but it is true. Faith is something that motivates you to make good choices, it influences the relationship you have with God, it strengthens the charity you have as well. Faith is the first step to coming to know God and Jesus Christ. Faith is what brings about and replaces feelings of inadequacy, fear, confusion, and pain. Faith is the foundation for how we choose to live. When we love God then our faith, and our actions will represent that love. Show more Show less