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Hi I'm Anne

I grew up in Utah. I love math, swimming, cooking, and eating. I love adventure and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the kind of person who always has dreams and plans. I'm usually not satisfied with one word answers. I love learning how things work and exploring new ideas and cultures. I have a degree in Applied Statistics, which has changed the way I look at the word and opened up even more doors for the future. I come from a family of six girls. I always wanted a brother growing up, but I never got one. Now I have two nephews who are the greatest thing ever! I have been very blessed with a wonderful family. My parents always took us to church and we read the scriptures and prayed together. I knew a lot about Christ and I thought I had a testimony that the church was true when I moved away from home, but I learned very quickly that I didn't. The next few years I started into college and made a lot of new friends and had a lot of amazing new experiences. I spent a semester in Mexico teaching English to children. That was the first time I realized that there were people who had not heard of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My faith and desire to be better grew so much at that time of my life and less than a year later I decided to serve a mission. I was called to the Panama Panama City Mission and it was by far the most rewarding experience of my life. I learned what it means to be a Mormon and how truly blessed we are to know that Christ is our Savior and that through Him we can be made perfect.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I haven't found any other way to live my life that would bring me as much joy and blessings from Heaven. I have felt what it is like to not have God's approval and it's not something I ever want to feel again. When I am living in a way that I know is pleasing to Him, I have so much peace of heart and mind and my whole life runs smoother. I don't think I have one mind-blowing moment what I knew that the church was true, but I do remember one time when I was sitting in a meeting. I don't remember who I was with or who was speaking or anything that was said, but I remember thinking, "I have to do this the rest of my life. I have to go to church, read my scriptures, say my prayers, be a good person, repent, and all this stuff every day for the rest of my life!" Then I thought, "Do I really want to?" I remember in that moment, the spirit touched my heart and I knew without a doubt that I would. I would do it because I knew that it was what God wanted me to do and He would bless my so much. I have tried to live up to that ever since then. I know the church is true. I have studied and studied and prayed and prayed and there isn't a doubt in my mind that God has called a prophet on the earth again. We have every blessing possible available to us through this prophet and other leaders of the church. God is our father. He loves us, so He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to provide the way back to Him again. It is only through His grace that we are saved, AFTER all that we can do, because we will definitely fall short. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and every time I read it I feel a greater desire to repent and a greater love for my Savior. That is how I know that it is true, and that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every single day. Christ isn't just a part of my Sunday routine. He's part of everything I do. My day doesn't just start and end with prayer. Throughout the day there are several small prayers of gratitude, pleading, asking, guidance, and desperation. He is always there and He always listens. I have come to know that God really does care about everything that goes on in our lives and He will help us whenever we need it, IF we look to Him. I make Him a part of my social life. It affects how I influence others and how I let them influence me. He is part of schooling and helps me understand my homework and get good grades. I include Him in all my decisions and expect Him to guide me down the path that He has prepared for me. Sometimes it's frustrating or scary because I don't know where I'm going and I can't see the end, but I have faith that He does and I trust in Him to take care of me. He hasn't let me down yet, and usually, when I look back, I can see that He did guide me and that I avoided a lot of catastrophe along the way. I try to be an example to those around me so that they can feel the light of Christ through me and have a greater desire to come closer to Him. I want others to know what I know and feel what I feel.