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Hi I'm Anita

I'm a daughter, an aunt, a sister, a friend, a neighbor, an accountant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work as an accountant for the State which gives me many opportunities to continue learning. I am passionate about genealogy and helping friends find out about their family tree. Working close to the State archives gives me opportunities to records I might not otherwise think about. I enjoy camping and hiking, sewing and doing all kinds of craft and needlework. I love to read and belong to a few book groups. But my all time favorite pastime is floating and relaxing in my pool.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). The ancestors of all four of my grandparents converted to the Church in the mid 1800's and came from their various home countries, walking the plains to arrive in Utah. My life has been grounded by their sacrifice and conversion. But there came a time in my life when I had to find out for myself that the teachings of the Church are true. That time came during my High School years when the number LDS students was in the minority. I was asked many times by friends about the teachings of the Church and where I stood with those beliefs. These questions caused me to really study for myself what the teachings were and how they differed from what many of my friends believed. I learned for myself just what they meant for my life. The result was that I gained my own testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel (the good news) of Jesus Christ. I received and accepted a call to serve as a missionary in the Frankfurt, Germany area. I had the chance to teach many good people about the gospel, many of them choosing to join the Church. They learned they could take the good teachings they received in their various religions and add to them with the full truth restored to the young man, Joseph Smith. And to share with them the teachings in the Book of Mormon that helped explain the confusion of the Bible was a blessing. I loved seeing the faces of these good people as they learned to pray, to feel the love of their Heavenly Father in their lives, to see the joy and happiness that came into their families as they followed the teachings of the gospel.

How I live my faith

I have worked with the nursery children (1.5 to 3 years old), with the older children (4 to 12) and with the young women (12 to 18). In these callings, I have seen these children and youth grow in the gospel, learning to serve and do good works, and becoming good citizens of my community. I have seen them clean the homes and yards of people that are home bound or have health issues. I have observed the loving way they care for the elderly of the neighborhood, giving them a smile or a hug or a visit to brighten their day. I love seeing the teachings they learned from me and others being applied in their daily lives. Many of these "my kids" are now parents with children of their own. It feels good to have had an impact on so many. I currently work with the women's organization of the church (we call one another 'Sister'). These Sisters live under varying circumstances and situations. Some of them have just entered into the organization with their graduation from High School. Some are young mothers with energetic children and chaotic lives. Some are experiencing the challenges of dealing with teens, with disabled children or elderly parents. Some sisters live alone and hunger for purpose and meaning to their lives when it is just them. The church gives all of us opportunities to serve and help one another. Serving others helps me to forget about my small frustrations and problems and puts things into perspective. I cannot imagine what kind of person I would be and what my life situation would be now if not for the Church. I owe my happiness and joy to living the teachings of my Church. That is why I continue to be a Mormon.