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Hi I'm Anita

I love the arts, "love", and being Mormon

About Me

I'm a second-year transfer student, Humanities major. Up until this, I had lived in Georgia for all of my life thus far. Once upon a time, I had dreamed of becoming an apparel designer, but those plans have been put aside in favor for focusing on drawing and poetry. I continue to sew but my latest projects include handbags made out of bubble envelopes and collages of "found" items like drink labels and grocery receipts. These bags are made of all sorts of elements and each has a special design... just like people, and what our Heavenly Father has in store for us in His Plan.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I came to live with a friend's family after my own had turned me out of the house. This was particularly difficult because I had two months left until high school graduation. However, in leaving a house in which I had felt no love, no acceptance, I found a home. I began attending church with this family, participating in nightly scripture reading and study together, as well as in receiving lessons from the missionaries. How grateful I am for them, and their work, for this was how I came to be baptized! The gospel has brought me much joy and when I reflect on memories from before my conversion... all I remember is feeling confused. Who or what is a God? Is He all-loving or vengeful as people say? What is or isn't a sin? All these questions left me very insecure in my knowledge, or the lack thereof, of religion. My art and writing were what have helped me endured through much hardship, and only through those things could I find comfort... that is, until I came to have faith in the gospel of Latter-Day Saints. Given my prior background of no religion whatsoever, converting was the best decision I ever made, and I continue to learn in hopes of growing strong in the Church. I am very new, but I believe that my spirit can be strong, in a love for our Savior and our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I try my best to read scripture every day and frequently review the published talks from church leaders. I attend church every Sunday, and currently hold a calling in the Publicity Council, which I have loved. My university has been a wonderful opportunity to be surrounded by so many LDS youth, so there's always activities to attend.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

I think the confusion is where it might appear that Latter-Day Saints worship Joseph Smith, but in fact, we do not. It is to my understanding to revere him. He is a prophet, called of God to re-establish the Church and to translate the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

I can only say that I had begun attending my friend's church and reading scriptures. You can do the same, and/or talk to leaders and missionaries. But the best way is to pray and ask Heavenly Father if this is the true Church or not and He will tell you. This is one of my favorite, and first verses I learned from the Book of Mormon: Moroni 10:4-5 "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

It helps funding for church meetinghouses and temples, as well as instructional materials. Because of tithing, tuition at schools belonging to the Church Educational System (CES) is reduced. Show more Show less