Hi I'm Anna
I was born and raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and gratefully so. My family moved around a lot when I was younger, and it was such a blessing to have the consistency of this church and gospel wherever we moved. I'm the third of four kids, and consider myself extremely lucky that my immediate and extended family not only loves each other, but most of the time, we genuinely LIKE each other, too! In 2010, I moved back home with my parents after a divorce. It wasn't the best of times, but I made the best of the times, and since then, I have felt closer to my Savior and Heavenly Father than I ever have before. Now, I'm in college again, and I've just been accepted into one of the top Architecture programs in the state. Since I've been home, the church has formed a new branch just for our Young Single Adults (YSA). I am SO excited to have been here for that historic moment! It makes me so happy to watch our branch grow, and I love serving with our amazing YSA. I have the best YSA support network, get to work with the best missionaries, and get to learn from the best leaders and teachers. I adore everything about the 50's - the movies, the clothes, the music, and ESPECIALLY the dancing! (Well, just dancing, period!) I love art, volleyball, making fun things with my Cricut, taking pictures and videos of my friends, sunshine, and laughing.
Why I am a Mormon
Simply put, I'm a Mormon because it makes me happy. :) Actively participating in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is so fulfilling, and nothing has ever made me feel closer to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The times I've been doubtful and rebellious were my unhappiest; the times I work hard to grow in this gospel are always my most joyful. Through the whisperings of the Holy Ghost, every effort I've made to follow God's plan for me has been met with reassurance that it's right, and incalculable blessings. Through the support of other Mormons, and particularly through reading the Book of Mormon, I receive strength and encouragement daily. I lead such a richly blessed life. What more could you ask for?
How I live my faith
Sabbath Day observance of attending church is a crucial part of my week. I also attend a fun family night (Family Home Evening) with my other college friends living away from home, and Institute class every week, where we study scriptures and learn about church leaders. I serve with the other Young Single Adults by volunteering in the community. I try to be very careful about what type of influences I allow in my mind and heart, so I don't watch R-rated movies or listen to similar music. I protect and respect my body by dressing modestly and avoiding harmful substances. But I think the most important aspect of living my faith boils down to daily prayer and scripture study, and striving to love others as Christ does.