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Hi I'm Anna

I'm Texas born and raised. I'm a student, a musician, a teacher. I'm a daughter and a friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student studying music performance with a percussion emphasis, and I hope to someday become a music therapist. I've almost always been involved with music, and I hope to always be so. I love to read. I love to bake. I love to laugh. I love to help others. I love to learn. I love to create. I love to run. I love trying new things (recently I took up the banjo!) I love my family. And above all I love our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Growing up in a religiously active community where many feel strongly about their beliefs, it was almost mandatory to find out for myself at an early age what I truly believed in. I'm thankful that I was able to figure this out so that I could have the influence of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. This early start allowed me to make decisions that put me on a path to better discipleship. The Gospel has only blessed my life. I want to live my life in a way where others can see the happiness and peace the Gospel of Jesus Christ gives me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon faith, and my parents have always been active and strong in the church. I'm blessed to have had this constant influence my whole life. But I still had to seek and find the answer for myself of whether this is the true church. It wasn't one fantastic experience that led me to know this is the truest church on the earth. It was the years of small confirmations from the Holy Spirit where I felt deep down inside my soul that this is the true gospel. It was the countless scriptures I read which were full of truth and testimony of the truthfulness of this gospel. It was the Christlike examples of members of this church who I witnessed sacrificing to live in accordance with this gospel's principles, the way Christ would. I can't pinpoint the exact time I knew it, but I do know that this is the truest church. It is reaffirmed to me everyday as I see the blessings in my life that come from living this gospel's principles and commandments. I constantly feel the love of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know Jesus Christ atoned for our sins and suffered all our afflictions so that He can understand our sorrows perfectly, and so we can return to live with Him in our Father's Kingdom. I know the Book of Mormon is the truest book on this earth, and that the truths inside of it are another testament of Jesus Christ, along with the Bible. I know that if we follow the commandments and teachings of Jesus Christ we can someday return to live with Him.

How I live my faith

I am the Music Coordinator for my congregation. I select the hymns we sing each week in our worship services as well as conduct the congregation in singing them. I arrange for special musical performances during these services, such as vocal duets or instrumentalists to play music that will add to the sacredness and holiness of the meeting. I also conduct the congregational choir that performs once a month in our worship services. I also visit teach two sisters in my congregation, each once a month. This means that I visit them in their homes , accompanied by another sister in our congregation, to check up on them, talk with them, and give them a spiritual message. If they are ever in need of service I try to be there to help. Each week I also participate in 'Family Home Evening'. Family Home Evening, or FHE, is an activity that we are counseled to have by the leaders of our church; it occurs every week, traditionally Monday nights. It's not a set activity, but rather it can be anything that can bring families together weekly for a spiritual message and bonding. Because I attend college away from my family, we are assigned to 'families' or groups of college students, where we can still meet and carry on the practice that many of us had in our families back home. It is a wonderful way to stay close to Christ during the week and have a home away from home. In a less formal way, I most importantly try to be a disciple of Christ every day. It's the small things that count!

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Anna
We believe that through both faith and works we are saved. They are each like a blade on scissors- you need both of them to work. We must try our hardest to follow the commandments of God and live a Christlike life ("after all we can do" 2 Nephi 25:23) but this still will not be enough to be worthy to live with Heavenly Father again after this life. The Atonement of Christ will make up the difference of our imperfection to make us perfect, through Grace ("it is by grace we are saved" 2 Nephi 25:23). Show more Show less