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Hi I'm Anne Katherine

I believe beauty and creativity are synonyms. Smiling's my favorite. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi I'm Anne Katherine. Most people call me AK- yes like the gun. Yes, like Andrei Kirilenko. Yes, like Alaska. I'm the oldest of seven crazy kids. I have an obsession with Anne of Green Gables and long distance running. When I was younger I wanted to be a professional ice skater, NICU nurse, pediatrician, lawyer, or choir teacher. Now that I'm in college, I still have no idea what I really want to do. I served a mission for the church in the Anaheim, California, area speaking Spanish. I became Hispana. I spoke fast (though my Spanish is much sloppier than theirs), kissed a lot of women on the cheek, and worked hard every day. I love art. I love music. I believe some of the best story tellers are musicians and the best musicians are certainly story tellers. I live for the spark in a student's eyes when he or she has learned something new. My greatest desire, other than to return to my Father in Heaven someday with my family, is to make a difference in the world. I want to take the gifts and talents I have been given and use them consistently and diligently to help other people. I want to teach the world about God and his eternal love for his sons and daughters.

Why I am a Mormon

Why do I choose to be a Mormon instead of a Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist or Presbyterian? I have read the Book of Mormon and know it to be a book of divine scripture. I testify that the Book of Mormon has brought me to a greater understanding of the personality of my Lord and of myself. It inspires me to put away the "natural man" and replace worldly desires for heavenly ones. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and exactly what it claims itself to be on its title page: "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." This church contains the fullness of Christ's gospel. We have temples in which people who have the proper authority can seal families to be together for all of time and eternity. Perhaps most importantly, we fervently believe the Heavenly Father wishes for us to all be like Him someday. Just as a calf matures into a cow and an infant into an adult, our loving Father in Heaven has lovingly given us the tools in which we can someday miraculously be like him. What a beautiful promise. All of this brings peace and joy to my life. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

A few months ago, the prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints decreased the age requirement for girls to serve 18 month missions for the church from 21 years old to 19. As an 18 year old, this announcement directly affected me. Despite studying and praying very fervently, I did not get an answer from God but I understood that when Heavenly Father doesn't give us an answer, He wants us to exercise our agency- the ability to choose. I decided to serve a mission! When my call came, I read, “You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the California Anaheim mission.” As I read this, a feeling of extreme rightness settled into the most inward part of Anne Katherine. It’s amazing how after 6 weeks of leaving message after message to Heavenly Father and listening to a dial tone on the other end, in two seconds I heard everything from Him that I needed to. I knew California Anaheim that is where the Lord needed my talents, creativity and service starting March 13, 2013 and I was excited to go. As a missionary for the church, I am a representative of Jesus Christ. I teach people about the Atonement of Jesus Christ (his suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross and how it literally saves us) and the Restoration of the gospel of Christ in our day through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I find ways to serve the people of Anaheim. I love every second of it.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Anne Katherine
One of the most basic laws of the universe is that if you want to get better, faster or stronger, you have to work. If I have a goal to be able to do 100 pushups or run a mile under 5 minutes, I am going to have to work. I will not be able to run a 4:59 mile until I've broken the 7 minute mark, then the 6, then the 5:30 and finally the 5. Faith is the same. We cannot assume our faith will grow simply by willing it to do so. For faith to grow, we must do things that require more faith then we presume we have. After being on my mission for several months, I wanted to know if this church was truly the only church of Christ. I started praying to know if it was true. I was extremely anxious at first to tell the God of the Universe that I believed and I had been taught that out of all of the thousands of churches, there was only one that He approved of. As I continued praying and acting on that belief however, I started seeing the evidence that it was true. I felt the Spirit confirm to me in various experiences that this was Christ's church. It took faith to ask but my faith in the Restoration of the gospel of Christ grew by doing so. I now testify that this is Christ's true, restored church on the earth today and that only by baptism in this church can one enter the gate which leads to eternal life and glory. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Anne Katherine
A man who studies law for several years after completing a 4 year degree will typically receive a higher income then he who worked for the 4 year degree; the latter will earn more than he who has no secondary education. Heaven is the same. The Lord has taught that in His Father's house the are "many mansions" (John 14:2). He who works hard and dedicates his life to the Lord's service will naturally receive a greater reward then he who simply professed to believe in Christ; the latter will receive a greater testimony than he who actively sought to destroy the Church of God. The most sought after blessing, however, is not a big mansion with 24 Jacuzzi's and 10 stain glassed windows. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we prepare ourselves here to endure the presence of God, His Son Jesus Christ, with our families. We know from modern revelation that eternal life is the same society as earth but coupled with eternal glory. This means that what we are working for is to take our families (society) with us in the life to come. I remember my happiest moments growing up- singing around the piano as a family, playing hide and go seek with my dad on Sunday night, long road trips with 7 kids crammed in the back of the car- and smile to think that this is Heaven! We work here to qualify for eternal families, a blessing only those who have received covenants in the temple will receive. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Anne Katherine
If I had 2 sons, one living in Jerusalem and the other living in El Salvador, I would talk to them both. What loving, just parent would wish to only communicate with only one of their children? God is the same. He had children in Jerusalem whom He spoke to through the holy prophets. We have their prophecies, teachings and laws in the Old and New Testament. Likewise, Heavenly Father had children in the Americas. He desired equally for them to have His word and the same opportunity to be saved and accept His plan. The record of the relationship between God and His children in the Americas is found in the Book of Mormon. In the year 1823, one of the ancient American prophets, Moroni, was sent as a messenger from Heaven to appear to Joseph Smith. Moroni told the boy that there were plates hidden in a nearby hill which contained the stories of an ancient civilization and their relationship with God. Through the inspiration of God, Joseph Smith translated these plates into English and it was published as "The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ." The Book of Mormon is different than the Bible because it is the record of a people different than those living in Jerusalem. Both, however, contain the fullness of the gospel of Christ. As we read and study their words together, we recognize more easily how God speaks to His children, who He expects us to be and what we must do to someday return and live with Him. Show more Show less