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Hi I'm Anna Melissa

I'm a wife. I'm a Southerner. I'm an Alabama fan. I'm a banker. I like math. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. I have two bachelor's degrees--one in Political Science and the other in History, but I work in banking so I don't use my degrees much. I am a newlywed! I am married to my best friend and (much) better half. We were married in December 2013 in the Birmingham Alabama Temple. I don't like messes. I love folding laundry. I love reading. I like to cook. I can solve a Rubik's Cube in 90 seconds. I love being a wife. but most importantly, I love the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ more than anything!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it just makes sense. There isn't another church out there that can give the comfort and peace and truth that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings. There is no other church out there that has the fullness of the Restored Gospel! I know that Jesus Christ lives and that His Atonement was prepared from the foundation of the earth by our Heavenly Father. I know that He bled from every pore for me and sacrificed His life on the cross at Calvary for me. I know that He was resurrected so that you and I can overcome both temporal and spiritual death. I know that this Gospel is true and complete. I know that we have prophets on this earth today to lead and guide us. I know these things because the Holy Ghost testified of it to my soul. And we know of nothing's truth save it be by the Holy Ghost (John 14:26). Everyday I read my scriptures, and every day that I do that, I am furthered in my growth and walk with The Lord. Each day the scriptures teach me something new that never fails to strengthen my testimony of the Church and of Christ. Reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon together give me peace and comfort and I know that they are both true and complete with one another--The Bible testifies of the Book of Mormon and the Book of Mormon testifies of the Bible: together they create the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by attending my Church meeting and activities as often as I can. I read my scriptures and pray daily. I try to keep my entire life's focus on the Gospel by only doing activities that invite the Spirit of God to reside with me. I try to listen to only wholesome music. I don't watch R-rated movies. And I try to only read Gospel-centered literature, like our Church's magazine the Ensign. Obviously, I'm human and I fail at these things daily, but I try to be the best I can ever day. It's not about perfection, it's about progression. I am the secretary of the women's organization in my congregation and being able to serve the sisters of our Church is such a blessing. I love seeing women's lives changed and improved because of the examples of other righteous women in our Church. Being able to help and aid and administer to the sisters makes me feel close to the Savior by being a disciple of His divine love on this earth. Visiting the women in their homes or at Church activities strengthens my testimony and my faith. I love reaching out to those of other faiths and letting them know what being a Mormon means. I'm never afraid to share the Gospel if someone asks about my faith. I give out our Church's pass-along cards as often as I can. I leave them with the checks at restaurants with the missionaries' number on it. I love being a Mormon, and fully devoting my life to the Gospel of Jesus Christ makes me, and everyone around me, better.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Anna Melissa
Jesus stated himself that all men would fall to sin if not baptized. Baptism is essential! And Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians 15:29 that we must baptize the dead, for they did not have the opportunity to accept baptism during their earthly life. We believe in free agency, meaning each person has the opportunity to make their own choices. This agency extends to the after-life. When a baptism is performed on behalf of a deceased ancestor, they have the opportunity to accept or reject the baptism in the after life. It's a beautiful gesture that we believe will allow all of those who have died without hearing the good news of the Gospel an opportunity to accept if they so choose. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Anna Melissa
Yes! We are Christians!!! We accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. He is the only perfect being to ever walk the earth. His Atonement has given us the opportunity for eternal life with our Heavenly Father. We not only believe in Christ, we strive to be more like Him, making us Christian in an even more practial sense. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Anna Melissa
We believe that we are saved by Grace after all that we can do (2 Nephi 25:23). We are given undeserving grace daily by our Father in Heaven. We don't deserve this grace, but He gives it. But in order to receive blessings and continue to receive that grace and be saved by it, we MUST do all that we can on this earth. In the New Testament we are taught that faith without works is dead! (James 2:20). That is why you always see Mormons helping others. We don't do it ONLY because we are required to, but Jesus himself commanded us to be like unto Him, and in order to do that, we must devote our lives to helping our fellow man. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Anna Melissa
If you know any Mormons, you will notice right off the bat that they are all exceedingly happy. It's not a front that we put on! We have JOY because we know who we are, where we come from, and what our eternal possibilities are. "Men are that they might have joy." (2 Nephi 2:25) Wow! What a verse! We were created to be happy. By living the commandments of our Father in Heaven, we have earthly happiness, and we also know the happiness that is to come in the hereafter. That is an amazing knowledge to have. Mormons live just like regular people. We go to work, we have families, we play, we exercise, we shop, we eat out. We are active members of society. Something that sets us apart, though, is that we aren't just a Sunday religion. Our religion defines our entire lives. We don't just go to church once a week, we live our faith daily. We pray more often than most people. We fast and pray when we need guidance on a difficult decision. We attend our temples. We have daily personal, couple, and family scripture study and prayers. We find joy in giving service to our fellow man. We volunteer a lot. Even if we aren't wearing a badge that sets us apart as a full-time missionary, every member of the church is a missionary by sharing the Gospel and also by living a life that other's stop and think, 'wow. I wonder why they're so happy.' When asked that question, we share our joy in the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Active Mormons devote their entire lives to the Church. Show more Show less