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Hi I'm Anita

I speak Hebrew. I helped my husband survive cancer. I'm an archivist. And I'm a Mormon.

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.

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.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Like other Christians, we believe the Bible is scripture and testifies to the divinity of Christ. We recognize that it was produced by humans with God's guidance, and feel privileged and grateful that it has survived many centuries of transmission to enrich our lives today. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

We believe that heaven is a place of joy. Being with those you love forever is part of that. Through covenants made in temples, we believe that marriages are eternal and families will be together in heaven. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Yes, please come! Services are held on Sunday, but the time may vary depending on your location, so that is best checked on lds.org under the section find a meetinghouse. The entire worship service is three hours long. The Sacrament Meeting, which is somewhat like Mass, lasts a little over an hour. Families attend that together. Then children go to a nursery and Sunday School class called Primary for two hours while teenagers and adults attend an hour of Sunday School together and another hour with the men and women in separate classes. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

No. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

No, only revere him as a great leader. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Missionaries serve on a volunteer, self-supporting basis. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

In America, Mormon culture is similar to conservative Christian culture in many ways. Generally the men wear slacks, shirts and ties and sometimes suits to church, and the women wear skirts or dresses to church. We celebrate Christmas, Easter, and other holidays. In Utah we also celebrate July 24 as Pioneer Day, the day Brigham Young led people into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

The Mormon church is organized geographically similar to Catholic parishes. Each local congregation, known as a branch or ward depending on size, is incorporated into a larger unit called a stake. A stake may have several to a dozen wards. Depending on the concentration of church members, a ward or stake might cover only a few blocks in Utah or many dozens of miles. Show more Show less