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Hi I'm Anya

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Anya. I was raised in Denmark and moved to the United States to attend BYU in 1997. In 1999 I volunteered to serve a mission for the church and spent a year and a half in Berlin, Germany. When I returned to BYU, I met my husband . We now have 4 children and my husband is a dentist in the US Air Force. As a full-time homemaker I love raising my kids, taking care of my husband and being my own boss. It is the most fulfilling work I've ever done.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a little girl my parents moved our family to my dad's native country of Denmark where I spent the next 14 years. I met and befriended many wonderful and sincere people in that part of the world but the culture is very secular and most people have given up their faith in God and Jesus Christ. At home my parents taught us that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored through Joseph Smith and that Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us and wants our families to last forever. I found great peace and assurance in these truths. I also felt certain that Heavenly Father loved me because he answered my prayers. Still, in my teenage years the peer pressure was daunting. I could see that drinking and living promiscuously offered no lasting joy but it was very hard to have friends and well-meaning teachers challenge my way of life and my heartfelt beliefs about God and Jesus. One day in particular a religion teacher had ridiculed the Savior's life and mission and implied that if you trust in God you might as well believe in Santa. I was so disheartened but in bed that night I turned to the Book of Mormon and read a part where the prophet Alma testifies of the constancy of the Lord and says "neither has he a shadow of turning from the right to the left or from that which is right to that which is wrong; therefore his course is one eternal round." As I read those verses I felt such peace and the spirit told me that God and Jesus Christ are real and that no one could say or do anything to change that. I knew that I could trust them and the truths I had learned. Throughout my life I have continued to turn to the Book of Mormon and the Bible often to distinguish between truth and error. Along with the scriptures and prayer my experiences in life have taught me that there is one way to be truly happy and to find lasting peace and it is by trusting Heavenly Father and living the plan he has provided -- the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

One thing I love about being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ is that my religion requires something of me. It puts me in a position where I can serve and reach out to others. They in turn do the same for me. Right now I am responsible for watching over 3 other ladies in my congregation. If they need anything I try to be there for them. I also teach the 8 year olds on Sundays. Even though I often feel inadequate, it feels good to be needed and involved at church. We all try to help each other as we strive to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ and become more like him. Sometimes being Christlike is the hardest at home but it's also the most important place to be kind and loving. I find that when I set aside time every day to study the teachings of the Savior and pray sincerely to my Heavenly Father for his guidance and love He helps me to be more patient and forgiving in my relationships with my husband and children. I have a clearer perspective on life and what really matters most. When we read the scriptures, teach our children the gospel and pray together as a family our home becomes a place we want to be -- a safe haven where everyone feels loved. Some days I get frustrated with myself when have to keep starting over but the good news is that the Savior makes it possible for us to change ourselves in big and small ways (even several times a day). The fact that He never gives up on us keeps me from giving up on myself.