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Hi I'm Annika.

I'm a mountain girl, a writer, a two-time Bell's Palsy champion, a project-starter, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of five kids - three brothers and a sister follow after me. I like learning to play new instruments, but not very well! I'm not sure what exactly my future holds, but I have an intense love for creative writing. I'm currently serving as a missionary in the Missouri, Independence mission, and have a special call to the Historic Liberty Jail Visitors' Center. This mission has been the hardest thing I've done, but I've never been happier. When I had been out about six months, I developed Bell's Palsy, a temporary facial neurological paralysis that I'd already experienced once three years prior. If you think talking to strangers would be hard, try only being able to emote with half of your face! Talk about humbling. Thankfully I was able to recover almost completely, with the exception of some smaller muscles, and had some fun doing it. I have discovered that Heavenly Father knows us so specifically that he can plan our trials so that they make our faith strong enough to handle the next thing, whatever it may be. He has a way of planning our lives out in a cycle of trial-faith-miracle that helps us all to become the magnificent individuals we are destined to become. It's as though we're on a projectile course and he's planning the road bumps...don't worry, though. The Atonement is our safety gear :) I'm currently about a year out on my mission and it's flying by way too fast.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because there are so many things I have yet to learn, and it's by exploring my options that I have been able to come to peace with this Gospel. I haven't always loved this Church, although I have attended my whole life. It has been through many refining experiences that I have been able to come to know that this is Christ's church. It is designed for individuals and families, and it is by living this lifestyle that millions of people - myself included - have found happiness. Why wouldn't I want to be a part of that? :)

How I live my faith

Before coming to Missouri, I taught a class of about twelve five-year olds. The lessons were pretty basic, but those younglings always made it interesting. There's nothing quite like spending two hours every Sunday with the Lord's sweetest spirits to keep you humble. Serving a mission has been a great way to learn to live the faith, but I get excited to take all of this home with me. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has impacted me so greatly that I don't know if I could ever stop living this faith! It's kind of contagious, once you open your heart to it :)

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was originally engraven on brass plates by prophets of Jesus Christ that lived on the American continents during biblical times. They tell the story of the people and the gospel there, including when Christ visited them after his resurrection. One of these prophets, a man named Mormon, collected the most important of the writings and placed them in an order that would be relevant to our day and age. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon from the brass plates, which were given to him by an angel of the Lord, and published it at great personal sacrifice so that everyone may have this testament of Christ. Show more Show less