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Hi I'm Anika Van Boerum

I am from Salt Lake City, Utah. I love my family. I am currently serving an 18 month mission in Neuquen, Argentina. I'm a mormon!

About Me

There is absolutely nothing I love more than my relationships with others and serving the people around me. I am the second oldest in a family of five kids. I love playing tennis, the beach, skiing, being with friends, hiking, snowboarding, going to the temple, reading, good music, cycling, and most of all spending time with my incredible family! I also enjoy learning new things and hope to one day continue my service for others by working in the medical field after my mission. I decided to serve a mission because I have a true desire to share my source of happiness with others. There is nothing that brings greater joy into my life than when I study the life of my Savior, read the Book of Mormon, keep the commandments, serve the people around me, live the gospel, spend time with my eternal family, and especially when I share the gospel with others.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because this gospel brings me SO much joy and happiness each and every day. There are three things that I love about the teachings of this church. Christ knows us and is our Savior and Redeemer, eternal families are our greatest protection against evil and unhappiness, and living the teachings of this gospel will bring more happiness than you can find anywhere else. One thing that distinguishes this church from others is our belief that the Savior knows each of us infinitely and personally. Even on your darkest days, I believe that the Savior knows exactly how you feel, just as he suffered for all our pains and afflictions on the cross and in the Garden of Gethsemane. I believe that Heavenly Father knows what you are going through, Christ has felt what you are going through, and the Holy Ghost is always there to help you with it all. Knowing this true and simple fact keeps me going every day and I am thankful for the sacrifice my Savior made so that we may return to our Father above. Concerning eternal families, family is my greatest protection against evil. I have grown a testimony of the happiness in family life that can be found when a family is "living the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ," as said in "The Family: A Proclamation to the World." I have been lucky to create a wonderful relationship with each of my family members and I can testify that the time required to form those relationships is time well spent. Lastly, I believe that following the teachings of this church is the best way to live. By following the commandments and guidelines we are given, I know that I have been able to avoid many hardships, heartbreak, and adversity that constitute the lives of families and those who don't live righteously. Even if this church wasn't true, which I believe with everything in my heart that it is, I will be able to happily stand at the last day, knowing that I have lived the most positively enriching life I could just by being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have been fortunate to have many opportunities to serve in my life. As I said above, there is nothing that makes me happier than serving others and bringing a smile to someone's face. Whether it is going on a humanitarian trip in Fiji for two weeks, visiting sick Veterans, building homes, assisting at the hospital, or serving people in my every day life, charitable acts are what keep me happy and positive. I believe that actions speak louder than words and that is why I try to live by this quote each day: "Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words." -St. Francis of Assisi I have now dedicated the next 18 months of my life to a continuance of serving others and teaching others by example. As I am on my mission, I hope to use this quote to let the light of Christ shine from within me so others may see the beauty of having the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, and desire to one day receive it for themselves.