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Hi I'm Anie

I'm studying publishing. I love rubber ducks. I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of three and was born to two wonderful parents in Salt Lake City, Utah. Coming from a family divided in faith, I have learned the importance of patience, tolerance, forgiveness, and the ability to look for the value in all things. I enjoy reading, writing, dancing, and solving puzzles – people being the most complex puzzles of them all. I love to observe others to learn how and why they think and act and from doing so have come to understand myself. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Southern Utah University and am working toward an MA in Publishing from Emerson College.

Why I am a Mormon

I have long struggled with my faith. I found things difficult to understand, didn’t want to accept changes I would have to make, and just didn’t know if I felt worthy to believe in something so powerful. For the longest time, I let this struggle keep me from the truth, from my faith. In the last few years, however, I have been trying something new. I have put my faith in God, trusting that I am going to do my best and that things will work themselves out. I refused to let my anxiety take over and I discovered something amazing. I am being watched over to the extent it is like I am being led by the hand. My life has been saved (literally), new doors have been opened for me, and I have come to understand myself and the world around me in a whole new way. In a letter to my mother, I wrote, “Sometimes in the midst of pain, frustration, uncertainty, and fear it is difficult to remember all the things that are possible. We let anxiety take over and then even the smallest of tasks becomes a mountain and we feel as if we cannot do anything. It is in these moments that we need to take a step back, breathe, and remind ourselves that we can do it. It is only impossible if we let it be. I remind myself everyday (sometimes even more) that Heavenly Father has promised we will not be given more than we can handle. Therefore, He has faith in me, and you, to accomplish the things that must be done. I cannot have a testimony of my Heavenly Father without having faith in myself—it is in this that I know I can overcome my depression and anxiety, because I believe in Him with all my heart.” I have never believed, known anything to be true so strongly. I believe in Christ, in my Heavenly Father, and in the LDS church because they have saved my life, given it meaning, and armed me with the strength to face the world. I believe because I’ve seen miracles and because I’ve seen tragedy. I believe because my faith gives me hope, it gives me courage, it gives me life.

How I live my faith

I am a digital missionary for the Cambridge Digital Mission in Boston, MA. Through this calling, I contribute to the blog www.mormonperspectives.com and have grown so much in my testimony, self-confidence, and ability to reach out to others.