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Hi I'm Annelise Luddington

I'm a student at Brigham Young University. I love outdoor adventures, mainly skiing and hiking. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a senior in college studying Communication Disorders. My career goal is to become a Speech Pathologist. My favorite time of year is winter because I can ski and snowshoe. I also love backpacking, hiking, biking, and anything outdoors. My father is an orthodontist and I grew up working for him so I have a love for teeth but especially smiles. I have continued to work for another orthodontist while I have been away from home attending a university. I grew up in a family of six and I love them more than anything. We enjoy vacationing as a family and just talking with one another over dinner. I am leaving for an LDS mission in eleven days and I couldn't be more excited!!!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, my ancestors joined the church and then came to Utah across the plains of United States. So it has been a part of my family history for quite some time. However, it was very important to me that I find out for myself whether this church was true. I have a vey firm testimony that our Heavenly Father knows each one of his children individually. He is aware of us and he knows our wants and needs. He speaks through our prophets who are ordained of God. They warn us of things to come and guide us in our journey through life. This church gives us the tools to return to Heavenly Father which is the goal of this life. It is the whole reason we receive a body and are put into family units. I know that the atonement is real, I have felt it's forgiving and healing power. I am so grateful for a Savior who would sacrifice his life for my sins and transgressions. I know that the temple is Heavenly Father's home on earth. Every timeI go to the temple I gain a greater testimony of the power of the temple. I am so grateful for eternal families. I love mine so much and I can't imagine life without them. Although on my mission I will be leaving my family for 18 months, I find comfort in the fact that I am leaving my family for a short time so that other people can be with their families for eternity. Heavenly Father will not leave us comfortless. He ministers to us through others still upon this earth. I know that as we serve our neighbors, friends and even our enemies we will find true joy and be serving our Heavenly Father. I am grateful for the Book of Mormon and I know that it is a true book. I am in awe of Joseph Smith's courage and testimony in the face of opposition. I love this church and my life would not be the same without it. I know this church is true and I cannot wait for the chance to share it with others. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

For the last couple years I have been a member of a young single adult ward. I have really enjoyed this experience. It has been hard being away from home but it has taught me a lot about having faith in our Savior's plan for me. Sometimes this time of life can be very hard because there are a lot of decisions to make. Being in a ward with young people who are going through similar experiences has been a great blessing. We form a support group for one another and help each other when we are having a hard time. One of the best ways I have found to do this is by doing my visiting teaching. This is a call I have had over the past four years at school and it has been a good way to serve others and build unity within the church. It has blessed me with friendship and learning to serve others. It also helps those who are visit taught by helping them feel fellowshipped and needed.