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Hi I'm Annalisa

I am a California girl and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of 5 adopted children raised by a single mother. I feel like that statement says a lot about who I am. I am proud and happy to be adopted, giving a baby up (for whatever reason a person has to) is one of the most selfless acts anyone could do. I am grateful I was able to be adopted to have the chance at a better life. I am also grateful for such an amazing mother. She's worked hard her whole life and continues to today. She's met some major challenges in life and yet she still keeps going. I hope I can be like her one day. Being adopted also gave me the opportunity to be raised in this church-another blessing I am eternally grateful for. I grew up in the beautiful and wonderful Orange County, CA. I was your typical kid growing up; I played soccer, took piano, ran cross country and track, and participated in student government. After I graduated high school I went to Cal State Fullerton to pursue a history degree to become a high school history teacher. In Fullerton I was able to participate in Institute (best program ever!). After my third year at school I met and married my husband. We moved to Philadelphia shortly after so he could do dental school at Temple University. I transferred to Temple and finished my degree in American Studies. Right now I am just working until I start my teaching program. Hopefully one day after all the schooling is done, we can return to my beloved California. Ps. I have 14 awesome nieces and nephews who I LOVE!

Why I am a Mormon

It’s hard to put into words “why I am a Mormon” because more than anything it’s the feelings in my heart that have led me to chose to be a member of this church. Countless times in my life I have felt the warmth in my heart when I have read the Book of Mormon, heard the prophets speak, or even heard a special musical number during Sacrament meeting. I have come to know the doctrine is true. I am grateful to know I am part of a church that has been set up in the way in which it was when Christ was on the earth. That brings me comfort. I am also comforted to know that we have a modern day prophet. I’ve had some people say to me that God would not put a prophet on the earth in this day and time, but if He would do it for the people of Moses or Noah, why wouldn’t he do it for us? It’s simple- He would and has. Knowledge such as this and the feelings in my heart have led me to “become a Mormon.”

How I live my faith

This question is a bit easier for me to answer than the last. The number one way I try to live my faith is through my actions. I can honestly say I try to serve those around me daily. The Savior set the perfect example of how to live. He loved, cared for, and served others daily. His whole life, even in in death, was lived in service to others. I always try to uplift those around me just by simple acts of service. Acts can be babysitting, notes of encouragement, cooking dinner for a sick friend, or just a phone call to say "I was thinking about you." The amazing thing about serving others is that it is a great way to meet new people and strengthen previous relationships. Life can be hard and serving others is one way to make things a little easier for you and for them. Just has the Savior did and continues to do today.