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Hi I'm Anna Lee Wilson

I love science and art. I'm a chemist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've never been married, but I love children and animals. I like science and I have a masters degree in chemistry. I have been working in that field for many years. I grew up mainly in New Mexico, and I loved it there. I believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ and in helping others. I have been on several service trips.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel grateful to have been born into this church. I have felt the love of Jesus Christ and the sweet influence of the Holy Ghost. I treasure these experiences. I have felt the love of God in many people and faiths, but I feel it most strongly in living the gospel as taught by the Mormon church.

How I live my faith

I try to work hard at my profession, as a research chemist. I believe that science and learning can make our lives better and fulfill God's purposes. I believe that God wants us to increase in knowledge. Sometimes science doesn't seem to agree with faith and the scriptures, but I believe that as we keep learning the differences will be resolved and we will come to a greater understanding of God and his universe. I also help the church index names from public documents, like censuses, so that they will be available for everyone to use. i also try to be a good member of my family. i hope to make the individuals of my family feel loved and important.

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

Anna Lee Wilson
There is no typical Mormon woman. They have many interests and talents. I feel women are treated equally in the church, but they have different assignments. The men are taught in the church to serve women and their families and treat women with deep respect. Women do not hold the priesthood in the Mormon church 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?

Anna Lee Wilson
All worthy men can hold in the priesthood in the church. It doesn't matter what race they are. People of all races and colors are welcomed in the church and are treated fairly. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Anna Lee Wilson
We believe in the Bible. The New Testament is my favorite book. It tells about Jesus and the early apostles. We also believe in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon clarifies many of the teachings in the Bible and tells stories of the dealings of Jesus with the people who lived long ago in America. The Book of Mormon is scripture like the Bible. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Anna Lee Wilson
I think that some people the Mormon church a cult, because they don't understand what we really teach and believe. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Anna Lee Wilson
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. We respect him as a great prophet who restored the gospel of Jesus Christ. I greatly appreciate Joseph Smith for the great work he did. I love the story about his first vision where he saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I have learned so much from him. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Anna Lee Wilson
The Law of Chastity explains that sexual acts and feelings are sacred and special. Individuals should only engage in sexual acts if they are married. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Anna Lee Wilson
I do believe that we have a prophet today. I am very grateful to have this resource in my life to guide and comfort me through very difficult times. He is the president of the Mormon church. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Anna Lee Wilson
We attend church to partake of the sacrament and to associate with others. We have church services every week. You can come to church even if you are not a member of the church. The temple is a special place where we make important promises to God. You must be a worthy member of the church to go to the temple and make these promises and attend these services. In the temple, we also do work for ancestors who have died. We give them the choice to be able to belong to the church and to progress in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Anna Lee Wilson
We believe that we are saved through the grace and atonement of Jesus Christ. We can not save ourselves. Still, we must strive to live the teachings of Jesus. Our opportunities in the next life depend on how we try to live in this life. Through Jesus's suffering, I can return to live with him again. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Anna Lee Wilson
I love being a member of the Mormon church. I feel there is safety in the Mormon church to help me avoid sins and bad experiences. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Anna Lee Wilson
We should have faith in Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. By praying to Heavenly Father and believing in Jesus Christ, I have found guidance in my life. They are my truest and best friends. I have the felt the love of Jesus Christ all through my life. I know he is my Savior and will always be there for me. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Anna Lee Wilson
A testimony is a confirming feeling that comes to members of the church that what they believe is true. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Anna Lee Wilson
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) do not practice polygamy, but is was practiced in the beginning of the church. There are groups of people who were once associated with the church who do practice polygamy. I am friends with people who used to belong to these groups, and I am friends with some who still belong to some of these groups. There are some sincere and good people in these groups, and others who I think have misused authority. My church does not practice polygamy nor do I think it is the right thing to do at this time. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Anna Lee Wilson
No, Mormons are not required to serve missions. Everyone in the church is asked to share the gospel with others. Young men are encouraged to serve missions. Many others, especially young women and older couples, want to serve missions in their communities or throughout the world. I served a mission in the New York City area when I was 21 years old. I enjoyed sharing memorable spiritual experiences with many different people. i often would walk into the run-down area of Poughkeepsie, and I also visited with a woman living in a skyscraper of Manhattan. I treasure these experiences and hope they brought happiness and peace to the lives of others. Show more Show less

What is the Church's position on abortion?

Anna Lee Wilson
We believe that life is sacred and should be cherished and preserved. We don't believe in abortion. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Anna Lee Wilson
The church sympathizes with the individual struggles people have to live the gospel. A good friend, of mine, who was so kind and lovingly, but struggled with difficult problems, died not too long ago. I miss him, and wish that he was still here on earth, because I felt he had much to contribute. The church does believe that homosexual acts are sins that need repentance. Show more Show less

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

Anna Lee Wilson
Yes, a husband and wife can be together forever along with their righteous children. Mormons believe that happiness is found in strong, loving families. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Anna Lee Wilson
We believe that our spirits move on to another existence after death. In the life after death we continue to learn and grow. We also continue to help others. We believe that there will be a judgement and that we will be punished for sins if we did not repent. Show more Show less