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Hi I'm Anya Shaltes

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a single college student, studying to get an A.A. in English. I love to read and write fantasy, Robert Jordan is my favorite author. I'm also an avid movie watcher, my favorite probably being Pride and Prejudice. Learning new languages is one of my passions, and I have studied French and Japanese - though I'm far from fluent! I live with my parents while I'm going to school, which can be hard after being used to living on my own. Having friends I can go out with when I need to get away helps though.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been born and raised into the church, my father was the same, but my mother is a convert. Because of problems with the other kids my age growing up, I started growing away from the church at the young age of ten. As I got older and joined Young Womens, though, it was easier for me to go to church. I felt loved and wanted because of my teachers and the other Young Women in my age group. At 15, I was made Mia Maid President, and at 17 I was Laurel President. Given a responsibility to be a good example for the younger girls really helped me to stay active and follow His teachings. However, after turning 18, like so many guys and girls, I felt at a loss to where I should be and what I should be doing. I fell away from the church. I'm proud to say that I'm active once again. It feels so good to be learning the Lord's teachings again! I can hardly contain my excitement for when I can enter His House again! I have a strong testimony of our temples. I know that they are dedicated by Heavenly Father through His Prophet. I'm so thankful to know that I will be with my family forever, not just my brothers, sisters, and parents, but when I'm married I won't ever have to part with my husband and children. How wonderful it is that we can continue to give service to those who have parted by the works we do in the temple! I'm so grateful of my parents that they were able to raise me in the church so that it would be excruciatingly easy for me to find Heavenly Father's everlasting gospel. Being completely away from the church for 4 years, I recognize now the happiness that the Gospel gives me. I've never been more excited to simply move forward with my life.

How I live my faith

Being still unfamiliar with many faces in my ward, (there are so many!), I try my best to make everyone feel welcome. I go to the activities and give my friendship to any who will take it. It's important to me that everyone feels they belong. I don't yet have a calling, (not counting visiting teaching), but I figure it won't be long now until the Bishopric notices!

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

Anya Shaltes
I've had people say to me that Mormon women are degraded by their husbands and have little to no authority over their own lives and homes. I can't express how misconstrued I think that opinion is. I think it is that our households seem so "old fashioned" to people these days. It is true that only worthy men can hold the power of the priesthood, but think about the powers that have been given to us women! We have the ability to create life! How amazing is that! Corinthians 1111 "Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord." How true these simple words are. With our inadvertent natures being so different, how could we live our lives moving towards Christ without the help and support of the other? The Family A Proclamation to the World, "By divine design, fathers are to watch over and teach their families in love and righteousness. They are to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers should help one another as equal partners." With words like "divine design" I get the distinct impression that we were all made with these purposes in mind. It is clear that both parents have an equal responsibility, through separate duties, to raise their children in a Christ centered home. Show more Show less