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Hi I'm Annela.

I'm a Mormon. I'm an Estonian. I'm a university professor working in the area of English as a Second Language.

About Me

I enjoy being involved in anything requiring a creative process, whether that is writing family history, designing curriculum, conducting research, or planning a great social activity. I don't have much free time, but when I can get away, it is to spend time with family or do some off roading in the mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised as a Mormon, my reasons for staying a Mormon stem from my own testimony of Jesus Christ, His atonement, and revelations given to His living prophets across the ages. I have always known that God was aware of me and had a purpose for my life. I know that purpose centers on my developing the attributes of Christ. One of those key attributes is acknowledging and living according to the commandments of God. Learning to be humble enough to follow Christ in all circumstances is a life time pursuit. I get better at doing that by studying the scriptures, following living prophets, praying, and asking for the help and guidance of the Holy Ghost. I'm a Mormon because I have felt the confirming witness that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches the principles of the gospel that I need to learn to follow Jesus Christ with all of my heart, mind, and strength.

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily in my home and as a member of my local church community. In Church I serve in the women's organization by planning monthly events that build our collective faith, strengthen families, or provide service opportunities. I also visiting teach several sisters in our ward each month. Another way I serve is to try to notice the women and youth around me who may need some encouragement. My favorite way to serve in Church is being asked to teach on Sundays. When I prepare to teach is when I learn the most.