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Hi I'm Anika

I grew up in Mesa, AZ. I love to bike and go to the Phoenix Zoo. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married since January 2010. We have a son, James, who is so much fun. I have a degree in Accounting from Arizona State University and am working on getting my CPA license. I work part-time from home for a firm and full-time as a mom. All mom's know being a mom is more than full-time job. It's the best job ever, and I love it. In my free-time, I like to bike, with James, hike, go to the zoo, go to museums, read, play piano, cook, and, recently, knit. I also would like to take a sewing class and learn how to play the violin.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Mormon church. There definitely came a point when I felt that I didn't know for myself that it was true, but I wanted to find out. It was probably during high school that I really began to question myself about why I lived this way. Why did I go to church each Sunday? Why did I read the scriptures and pray? Did I really know or was I just trusting what other people had told me? I really began to think that maybe there was something wrong with me because I hadn't had this "witness" that I felt everyone else had had. I had an awesome Bishop at the time who I met with and voiced my concerns out loud for the first time. He really helped me to relax and assured me that there was nothing wrong, it was perfectly normal to feel this way. But he encouraged me that if I really wanted to know for myself, then I needed to do something about it. I needed to really start studying the scriptures, and not just reading, and paying attention to the way I felt when I read and the thoughts that came into my mind. So I did. I can't pin in my mind a single event where I could say, "that's when I knew." It just came over time without me even really realizing it. I don't think I even knew I had a testimony that the church was true until it was questioned by other people. In high school and most of college I worked in retail and my boss often asked me questions about the church. One day he asked me, "So do you even believe in your church, or do you just go because that's how you were raised?" His question really caught me off guard but I was even more surprised that I could answer without any hesitation, without one doubt in my mind, "I used to go because of other people, now I go because I know it's true." And I do know it's true. That's why I'm a Mormon, that's why I live the way I do.

How I live my faith

I love to share my faith through music, especially with kids. Music is such a powerful medium. I don't think we really understand just how affecting music is/can be. I love the look on the kids' faces when they are singing in church because you can tell it's affecting them, even if they don't know it or understand the full meaning of what they're singing about. I sing to my son practically all day and it's so fun to watch him how certain songs - like If You're Happy and You Know It - will make him excited while others are so effective at soothing him - like I'm a Child of God. I really think how we act at home is really the biggest testament of our faith. I hope that I am able to raise my children that through my actions they will know what I believe in and want to learn more for themselves.