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Hi I'm Anna

I'm adopted. I'm an avid sci-fi fan. I write, and... I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was adopted as a baby. I've lived in a just a few different states. Right now I'm part-time going to school, part-time living at home working. I play the tuba. I am an amateur photographer and filmer. I make up recipes, hoping I don't fail each time. I love seeing new places- manmade and natural. I love enjoying my Heavenly Father's creations on Earth and in space. I love, love reading. I write fiction of all sorts, mainly speculative fiction, and am currently working toward my goal of becoming a published author.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS church, so in the beginning there wasn't a whole lot of choice. However, I was always exuberant about the gospel and especially after I was baptized. I haven't experienced my full personal conversion yet, but I know I am well on my way. One of the first things I remember was in middle school I read "The Work and The Glory" from Gerald N. Lund. All nine books in two years. That really strengthened my testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith and of the restoration of the gospel. I found my love of church history during that time, and I've learned much since then. I gained a greater testimony of eternal life when my grandmother died. I had two brothers adopted into our family and sealed, and that helped my testimony of temples and family. One of the greatest points most recently occurred while I was at the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. That is where the Priesthood-the power of God- was restored and I... I've had a fear of forever for a long time. Being dead forever is scary, so it's good I'll live forever, but living forever, well, forever is quite a long time... there I lost my fear of forever. I figured it's if I didn't have my family I should be afraid. But because I can live with my family forever, I have nothing to fear. I am so grateful to my Savior and Elder Brother, Jesus Christ. I love Him and my Heavenly Father, and Their plan. I am grateful for a curious 14 year old boy named Joseph Smith who had the courage to ask what was right, what he should do. And I am grateful for my parents, who taught me the gospel- the good news- that through Christ I can live with my family forever. I am a member of this church because I believe with every bit of my soul that what it teaches is true. I know it.

How I live my faith

I teach a 7-8 year old class in primary. I try my best to bear my testimony as best I can to the distracted kids, but I see them doing well. I love having friendly, spiritual discussions with people, and love sharing what I know with them.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Anna
Originally, in the 1800's the term 'Mormon' was derogatory. It was used by mobs and others who didn't like the members of the church. It came from the "Book of Mormon" which was abridged by a man named Mormon. Funny thing is, although the mobs used it crudely, Mormon translates to "more good." Now, it's what many people know the church as. Although not everyone has heard of the church, more people have heard of "Mormons" than "Latter-day Saints". We have been asked to use the full name of the church where possible. However, with things such as "I'm a Mormon," the term is used to help more people know who we are by the name that they know it seems. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Anna
No, the Church does not. We are encouraged to vote however, and to vote for whom we believe to be the best candidate, in accordance with church standards. We believe that being politically active is important- we should choose righteous leaders or at least those (since most people running for any office probably aren't as righteous as the Lord would prefer.) like Morianton in the Book of Mormon (Ether 10:9-13) who was unrighteous, yet he did good for and to the people. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Anna
A testimony of the gospel is much like that of a court testimony. It includes what you know to be true. The most basic points include: God is our loving Heavenly Father; Jesus Christ is our Savior, and through Him we can return to Heavenly Father; the gospel was restored through Joseph Smith by the power of God, as was the Book of Mormon translated; Christ's church today has the fullness of the gospel; and we are led by a prophet of God today. However one can have a testimony of any gospel topic- tithing, fasting, family, the scriptures.... When you gain a testimony, you gain a personal knowledge of whatever it is, much like witnessing that event for your court case. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Anna
The Book of Mormon is subtitled: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. This means that it is a witness, alongside the Holy Bible, who Christ is and why we need Him in our lives. It includes the history of a people that traveled to the Americas in 600BC and of one that traveled there thousands of years before that. It contains teachings of the prophets, events we can learn from, and a record of the visitation of Jesus Christ. It also contains the fulness of the gospel, which includes in brief, the plan of salvation and how we can get back to our Father in heaven. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Anna
We believe in the Bible because it has the record of the life of Christ. It may not be completely accurate, as translators accidentally messed up, were lazy, didn't want to write a specific part, added books that weren't needed (Song of Solomon pretty much), and left out others because they didn't feel they were needed or simply didn't have them. The Bible's been through a lot. However, much of it is true, what is inaccurate is because of the weakness of men, the same thing many of the prophets write in the Book of Mormon. It contains many things not contained within the Book of Mormon, many revelations, and much about Christ. We read the New Testament to know who Christ was on this Earth. The Bible and the Book of Mormon complement each other. In simple terms, if I were to read the writings of say, Hugh Nibley, a BYU professor, I would probably agree with a lot of what he says, after all he has the same religion as me, therefore most beliefs. However, he might say some things that haven't been officially accepted by the church that all my friends agree with. I may not. That doesn't nix everything else he said. I think the same thing works with the Bible. It is full of good things, and we need to take the good things without worrying if it's true or not "because Joseph Smith didn't get to translate it all" and just take them, ask the Lord if it is good, and follow it if you believe so. There's more good scripture than just the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less