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Hi I'm Anna

I majored in anthropology. I hate cheesy Jesus stuff. I'm a missionary. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Tennessee but I mostly live in North Carolina. My parents are divorced and I have one younger sister. I recently graduated from college. I'm an extremely curious person and I love silly stuff. If I could be any animal, I'd be a cat. I like to read (yay Harry Potter!) and watch movies (yay Transformers!). I ask a lot of questions. I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up. I am currently on a full-time mission for the church in Nevada.

Why I am a Mormon

  Well, it's a really long story but I'll try to sum it up. I was raised Catholic and went to Catholic school through middle school. Then in high school I really began to question my beliefs and realized that I couldn't keep being Catholic because I no longer believed all the things they taught to be true. I still have a lot of respect for the Catholic church though and sometimes I miss going to mass. For the next seven years or so I was agnostic. I didn't know what to believe or how to find answers. One day in the summer before my senior year of college, some missionaries knocked on my best friend's door while I was over at her apartment. I answered the door and was surprised and slightly annoyed to find two missionaries there. I politely told them I wasn't interested and they left after giving me a card with the Salt Lake City temple on it. I forgot about them for a while until I watched a South Park episode about Mormons and Joseph Smith. That piqued my curiosity about Mormons. A few months after they knocked on my friend's door, in October, I ran into those same missionaries on campus. I decided to ask them my questions since I figured that was what they were there for. They were very nice and answered my questions. Then they asked if they could give me a Book of Mormon. I said yes to be polite but I thought that it would just end up sitting on my shelf and that I'd never actually read it. They said, "Ok, we'll meet you here again tomorrow and bring it!" I was trapped. I had already said yes because I thought they had it with them so I had to agree to the next meeting as well. I said, "Ok but you're not going to convert me." famous last words....haha I almost didn't come back the next day but I had more questions and I didn't want to be rude and stand them up. I met with them again and asked them more questions. This time though, they questioned me back about my beliefs. As I struggled to answer their questions, I realized that I didn't have all the answers I thought I did. This really surprised me since I had been trying to come up with an explanation for why we're here for years and thought I had a decent answer. They started to explain their beliefs and how their religion answered the big questions in life. At first, I thought they were naive and crazy to believe some of the things Mormons believe. But hearing their explanations behind the beliefs slowly helped me understand how they could reasonably believe it, although I still did not. I kept meeting with the missionaries because even though I didn't think I would ever become a Mormon, I wanted to learn more about what they believed and I figured that it was a good first step in helping me find answers to my questions about religion. They challenged me to pray and read the Book of Mormon. At first I felt really weird when I prayed, like I was just saying things out loud. I hadn't prayed in years and I didn't even know if God existed. They wanted me to ask God if the Book of Mormon was true but first I needed to know if there was even a God out there to ask. This was a very difficult and confusing time in my life. It was hard to focus on homework when I needed to find out if God existed! I have never put so much effort in to anything in my life as I put in to trying to figure this out. I kept reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible, praying, going to church, and keeping commitments the missionaries asked me to make. Gradually, I began noticing changes in myself for the better. My whole attitude was different. I was happier and felt more like myself than I had in a very long time. I knew this was change was due to my foray into Mormonism. These were things the missionaries had promised me would happen if I was sincere and really tried. It took me until February to be sure that I believed in God and thought that the Book of Mormon was true. Even then though I was still hesitant to get baptized. It felt like it everything was happening sort of fast to me, the missionaries thought I was taking forever to progress! haha. I knew it felt good and right at the time but I wasn't sure if I would still want to be a Mormon in 50 years and I knew it would be pointless to get baptized if a year later I would just fall away like I had with Catholicism. It was a huge, life-changing decision that I didn't feel ready to make. I still had a lot of concerns about converting. But then a few things happened. I decided to set a baptism date as a leap of faith and since the missionaries swore I could move it if I wasn't ready. Up until I told them I wanted to set a baptism date, I had flat out refused to do so for the first four and a half months needless to say, they were pretty surprised when I brought it up. haha. I set it for over a month away. After setting the baptism date, I was still not 100 sure I would end up getting baptized on that day or at all but I began getting more and more answers. One of the missionaries finally came up with an answer to a question I really thought was impossible to answer. He told me that I would still want to be a Mormon in 50 years if I read the Book of Mormon every day and if I didn't, then I probably wouldn't. I was shocked at his straightforward answer but I immediately knew he was right. I realized that all the good things that had come since I started investigating the church could continue as long as I kept putting in the effort. It was a new idea for me that it I wouldn't just be done after getting baptized. I still had to endure until the end! There were still a lot of things I had questions about and there still are but I eventually realized that I was getting all caught up in small details. After talking to my friend, Haleigh, and my mom I realized that I believed the basic message of the church and the gospel and that as long as I believed that and just tried my best to live how I think Jesus would want me to, then things would work out and my life would be good. I knew then for sure that I wanted to get baptized and become a Mormon! I called the missionaries and ended up moving my baptism date closer! I joined the church six months after I started meeting with the missionaries and I LOVE being a Morm. I have never, not even for a second, thought that I made the wrong decision getting baptized. I could not stop smiling for a week after I got baptized literally, my face was sore but I couldn't stop!. I am so glad I went up to the missionaries on campus that day and I'm so glad they never gave up on me, even when I was running low on faith. I am so glad I kept coming back even when it was hard and confusing. I know there is a God who loves us and wants the best for us. I love being able to pray for help when things are difficult or good!. It is so awesome to know you're not alone with your struggles. So many times I have had a problem and turned to the scriptures hoping to find guidance and pretty much every time I read something that directly relates to my situation and ends up helping me. Sometimes when I think about it, it even surprises me that I'm a Mormon! haha. If someone would have told me eight months ago that I'd be a Mormon today, I would have laughed in their face. Now though I can't imagine not being one!

How I live my faith

I love sharing the gospel with people and teaching them about the Book of Mormon. I liked to go to meetings with the full-time missionaries and help them teach people. So then I decided to go on my own full-time mission which I am on right now. Helping teach other people helps me learn stuff better too! I used to think I didn't know enough to be able to explain it to other people but once I tried, I found out that I actually knew more than I thought I did. I like going to teach because I know that if they give it a fair chance, it will make their life so much better even if they already have a great life, just like it did for me! Helping other people find answers gives me a purpose and motivates me to study the scriptures often.

What is being a Mormon like?

Anna
It's pretty awesome. You should try it! Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Anna
Umm no, definitely not. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Anna
 No, not anymore. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Anna
If you see missionaries around town the guys in white shirts with ties and name tags, likely on bikes just go talk to them. They would seriously love to talk to you about it! That's their job for two years during their mission. There are female missionaries too, like me, but not as many. We serve for 18 months. They also wear name tags and dress in church clothes. Also, on this website you can request that missionaries get in touch with you and they will. Visitors are always welcome at church. You can just drop by for a service on Sunday. You can find a church near you on this website. Talk to your friends about it. You probably know more Mormons than you think! Show more Show less