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Hi I'm Annie Reed

I grew up in Salt Lake City. Over the course of my life, I've lived in 7 different countries. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have gone to two years of college, and right now I am serving a full-time mission in Morristown, New Jersey. I love to read, swim, ski, bike, and go boating. I love the snow. I have a big family. I have three brothers and three sisters, and I am in the middle child. I have two nephews and a niece. I am a Chemistry major and I love to learn about and teach others Chemistry. I hope to receive a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and then go on to Pharmacy School. I love children and babies, and I hope to have a family of my own someday. I've lived in many Latin American countries, including Mexico, Honduras, and Paraguay, and went on a study abroad in Israel. I love to learn about other cultures and ways of life, and I love to study the religions of the world. I am so fascinated by the world around me and I hope to never stop learning.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a LDS family, but I don't think I ever had a testimony that the Gospel was true until high school, when I attended seminary. This is a class in school designed to instruct teenagers in the LDS church. It is in this class that I first grasped the meaning of Jesus Christ and his Atonement for us. Never before had I understood how Christ suffered and died to pay for my sins so that I could return to him. It was beautiful and wonderful to me, and it still is. I studied the Atonement, and the more I learned about it the more the Spirit pierced my heart and testified of the truthfulness of it. Ever since that time my testimony has been growing through constant revelation from the Spirit. The Holy Ghost prompts me every day to do what is right and make the correct choices so that I can return to Heavenly Father and live with him again. In college I hit a spiritual plateau. I no longer felt that I connected with what I had known before, which was that the church was true and the Jesus Christ was my Savior, or that I was progressing in the Gospel. Then I felt prompted to go on a mission. I have never before desired to go on a mission, but as time went on I felt that I needed to go. It was a journey of faith for me. I never before have had to depend so much on the Savior in order to make a choice. But in the end I decided to go, put in my papers, and received my call. Through that experience I regained my faith in the Savior and rediscovered my testimony, which had never gone away. Now I am so happy that I get to serve the Lord. He has been my support and I can feel his love every day. I know without a doubt that the Church is the true church and I am so thrilled that I get to represent the Lord in New Jersey.

How I live my faith

I try to be the best person I can be all day, every day, with every person. Ultimately, my faith affects every facet of who I am. I'm happier, I help others, and I am continually striving to be better. All of the good things in my life I can trace back to God. He is the source of happiness and he has given it to me as I live what I believe. I hope that the influence I have on others helps them know that our Heavenly Father loves them. I try to act so that someone who sees me knows that I am a servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. That is how my faith affects me--it makes me into the best version of myself.