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Hi I'm Anji

I love singing, piano, volleyball, chit-chat, and family. I am a mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married almost 10 years. We have 2 beautiful daughters. I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology, and plan to someday go to graduate school. My current interest is in depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. I'm also fascinated with abnormal psychology and psychological testing. I am a stay at home mom. I play volleyball recreationally. I take piano lessons. I love singing. I craft. I like self-help books (currently "A Course in Weight Loss" by Marianne Williamson). My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family, both our little family and mine that I grew up in. I love laughing and crying with my mom and siblings, be it in the car, at the dinner table, or at an event. With my husband and kids, I love camping, swimming, and generally playing. My husband and I watch movies or tv series together for down time. We have had many growing experiences together, including remodeling our house, which was built in the 1920's, and supporting each other through school, work, and parenting.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That is not to say that I haven't had trials, nor that I didn't experience my own conversion. When I was a child, I just knew that the church was true. I felt it when I went to church, read the scriptures, prayed, and was baptized by my worthy father. As a teen I had a testimony, but the hardships accompanying youth overcame me. I struggled with depression and self-hatred. I withdrew from my parents. I felt lost and in the dark. I waffled my way through work and school. I mainly wanted to get married and get out of my "life" - what it was then. I got married when I was 24. Much to my surprise, "life" wasn't escapable, and as right as everything was (having gone to the temple, graduated college, started a family), I was still depressed. And truth be told, I was far from God. I didn't understand why, either. I paid tithing, attended church and the temple, served, and prayed and read my scriptures, just like they tell you to. While I was contemplating this, I had a new trial involving some family members' choices. I was so upset, yet determined to find out if my anger was because of my culture/upbringing, or if it was truly sorrow for their salvation and that the church was, in fact, true. I knelt before God and asked for his direction and peace in the matter. Without a doubt, I did receive His direction and peace. In gratitude, I applied my faith to scripture study and prayer. The Spirit has answered all of my questions about the church. Joseph Smith is a true prophet, baptism and temple ordinances are necessary to return to God, the Book of Mormon is a true account of Jesus Christ the Savior. My faith also brought me to an open discussion with my Lord and my loved ones about my depression. In the depths of humility, I have asked my Savior to lift my personal burden. And I see it being answered in His way and in His time. Christ offers hope for the downtrodden and the sinner.

How I live my faith

I live my faith personally by studying the scriptures and praying to my Father in Heaven. From there, I live it by uplifting and serving my family. We do all things in our household "in the name of the Lord". When we have contention, we talk about how Christ teaches peace. We avoid influences of evil in the media and society. We set an example to serve others. We hold family scriptures (even with toddlers -- just a verse at a time) and family prayer daily. We have family home evening on Mondays, wherein we sing gospel songs and teach gospel principles. We also strengthen our family by having quality time together. Outside the home, I live my faith by serving in the church. I hold a calling in the primary, where children are taught the gospel weekly during Sunday school. I'm involved in the welfare of families through this calling as well. I watch for the needs (temporal and spiritual) of children, and relate those needs to my leaders who deal with welfare. I supervise and mentor other teachers in the primary. I also visit with women who I am assigned to. I love this part of the church. When we women get together, we share experiences and grow in friendships unlike any other. I have been influenced by a great many women of the church in this way. And of course, I live my faith outside of the church and my home, by simply living the way I know to be right. I strive to live a Christlike life always and with whomever.