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Hi I'm Anneli.

I'm 4'11.5". I'm a student and a musician. I love all things green. I am addicted to chocolate. I love life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 22 year old student trying to figure out life. Thank goodness I have the gospel for direction because sometimes life's a little crazy. I grew up with a pretty concrete plan for my life, but so far I've had a few setbacks in that journey and nothing has gone according to the plan. But through it all I find joy in my wonderful family, in music, in being out in beautiful nature, by trying new things, by serving, and by spending time with those I love. We are all given trials, but with God we can know that these trials help us learn and grow and become more the person we need to be. My life has never been perfect and it's not going according to my plan. But through prayer and the Spirit, I have seen God's hand in my life and I know that He is taking my life in a better direction. Only He knows what's best for me.

Why I am a Mormon

For me, I was born a member of the church. My parents, grandparents, and so on are all members. But even though I grew up in the church, I still had to figure out for myself what was true. The scriptures talk about this a lot: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God..." (James 1:5). In the Book of Mormon, another book of scripture like the Bible, there is a promise that if we "ask God...if these things are true...with real intent...He will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." All people must do this in order to gain their own witness of these things. So that's what I did. Growing up, I went to church because that's what my family did. When I was a teenager, I thought church was a little boring and wasn't really sure why I was going anymore. But one day I was at church and it hit me that everytime I went, I really felt good. Because of that, I knew that I needed to find out for myself if this was God's true church. So I went into my room one night and prayed. I remember praying really hard, but not feeling anything. But later that same week, as I continued to pray, I had a really warm feeling, a feeling that just filled me. It was so full of joy and peace. I knew that was the answer I was looking for. Since then, I have literally had that answer confirmed thousands of times. And I have learned that through prayer, I can find guidance through any part of my life. The Savior has stuck by me through the ups and downs of my life, the times when no one else could know what I was going through. In times when I've felt lost or that my circumstances would never get better, He is there. I know that everything that is unfair about life can and will be made right through Jesus' sufferings, or Atonement. Through Him we can all be healed. God lives and that we are His children. He has a plan for us and will answer our prayers as we turn to Him. After all these experiences, I can truly say, without any doubt, that this church is the truth.

How I live my faith

My faith is something that shines through everything I do. In the most amazing way, it seeps into my thoughts, my friendships, my everyday life, and most importantly, who I am. And it's not in a controlling, demanding way that it does this. My faith is something that is constantly leading me to be more loving, more caring, more aware of others, ultimately more like Jesus Christ. Because of this faith, I have direction in my life. I know where I'm going, what my goals are, and I have the help from above to accomplish these things. Though life is full of struggles, I know that with Christ's help I can get through everything life brings (Philippians 4:13, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10). One thing that I love about this church is that it's like a family. Everyone in your ward, or your congregation, is there to help each other. We each have callings, or assignments, that help us to serve one another. For me, I've served as a teacher of one of the classes, the coordinator over music in the ward, and as a missionary. In all of these callings I have been blessed to learn to love others more and to see other people serving me. We all need each other and thank goodness that God has designed life this way so that we can learn from one another. And the most wonderful thing about it all is that it makes me happy! The more I try to give of myself and be like Christ, the more fulfilling my life is.