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Hi I'm Anastasia

I'm a young woman who loves science, mathematics and laughing. I'm a Flamenco dancer; I love life and I'm a Mormon! :)

About Me

I am currently serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I will be serving for the next 18 months in Norway. I am so excited to be out here! Before my mission I was pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Mathematics. Ironically, my favorite subject in Biology is Evolution. So yes, a Mormon who studies Evolution. And to make me even stranger, I like math. I studied Flamenco for 5 years and loved it. Flamenco is a style of dancing which originated in Spain. I love dancing Flamenco and honestly I love dancing and music in general! I am the oldest sibling in my family, with four younger siblings. I have always been super motivated and nothing motivates me more than when someone challenges me by saying, "You can't do that." In my free time I love to be outside hiking, biking, or just enjoying the sunlight. I love to laugh and make others laugh at or with me, both are great! :) For now, I have set aside all of these things so that I can serve the Lord and bring others to Christ! So excited!!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church. I went to church with my parents regularly and as a child loved every minute of it. When I was about 15, I realized that I didn't know if this was the true church or not. I discontinued the habits of daily scripture study and prayer and tried to decide on my own whether I was in the right church or not. After several months, I found that something was missing. I couldn't put my finger on what it was. All I knew was that I was not happy and felt as if I had no purpose in this life. It was a very hopeless feeling. I was walking home from soccer practice one afternoon and I felt something I hadn't felt in awhile. I later realized that was the spirit. I had not felt the presence of the Holy Ghost in so long that I was not aware of the warning I was receiving. I continued walking and again that same prompting came but this time it was like a voice in my head instead of a warning feeling. All I heard was, "Run." I had just gotten out of soccer practice and was exhausted and responded with a sarcastic thought of, "Are you kidding?!" So I ignored it and walked on. A third time I received the prompting and this time it was not a whisper but a shout in my head that said, "Run now!" I obeyed and ran across the entrance to a strip mall by my house. After I had cleared the entrance,two cars collided at full speed and one of them flipped and landed in that entrance. Had I not heeded that prompting from the Holy Ghost, I would have been seriously maimed or even killed. I went home and offered a prayer of gratitude for the safety I had been granted. During that prayer I also poured out my heart to my Heavenly Father pleading for peace. I felt His love so strongly and I knew He loved me and was mindful of me. I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about its truthfulness and received the answer that it was true. I know God loves me and I know this church is true. I would not trade my membership in this church for anything!

How I live my faith

The most prominent way in which I live my faith is by treating others as Christ would treat them. Heavenly Father gave two great commandments; Love God and love thy neighbor as thyself. Christ was the ultimate example of charity and friendship so to try and be more like him I try to treat others with the same care and respect Christ would. I am not perfect and I sometimes forget that each person is loved by Christ and Heavenly Father. But I try :) I often teach lessons on Sunday about gospel principles in church. I also have the opportunity of DJ-ing for alot of dances for the young adults. Yes we dance and we have fun :) One of the best things about my faith is that there are endless opportunties for service. Service to others is the best way to stay happy and optimistic in spite of whatever life throws at us. I love these opportunites so much!

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Well this Mormon does not help just Mormons. Everyone on this earth is a son or daughter of Heavenly Father. As such, everyone is equally important and equally loved. To restrict service to just members of my own faith would be selfish and boring to be honest. I love to help, serve, and interact with those not of the Mormon faith. They are fantastic people and have so much to offer and we can bless eachothers' lives by interacting with and serving one another. And I believe that most other members of the church feel the same way. So no, Mormons don't just help Mormons, we help everyone :) Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

In the Bible the Lord asked us to´´Feed his sheep´´. As a missionary, the reason I came out here and the reason I and other missionaries like me proselyte is because we love Jesus Christ and have benefitted from the Atonement. I know that the Atonement and the peace and forgiveness that I receive from it are priceless. I feel such joy as a result of my relationship with the Savior. I want others to feel of that same joy. That is why I am proselyting and that is why alot of other missionaries do the same. We want to bring others unto Christ to partake of the love and joy He has to offer. Show more Show less