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Hi I'm Ani

I grew up a little north of Seattle. I'm a marine biology major and I was converted to the church at about 18. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm a college student studying marine biology. I love sports, and played lacrosse in high school; I was also on the crew team. Growing up, I played just about every sport imaginable. I love the ocean, and sailing is a huge passion of mine. I also like cooking, but honestly, my favourite thing to do is to go out with friends and have fun; it doesn't matter what we do!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Catholic Church, but at about age 13 I began exploring other churches, because something was just missing. The powerful feelings other people seemed to have just weren't reaching my heart. I explored almost every religion out there; growing up near Seattle, the diversity in religions is great. After a few years I basically gave up my search and became a 'wanderer', loosely identifying with the Catholic Church I grew up in. At age 17, a jewish woman gave me a Book of Mormon to read because she claimed it was 'ridiculous.' Upon reading it, however, I felt the profound power behind it's words and began to research the church. The Book of Mormon was exactly what was missing from the other faiths!! After a few months, I knew I had to be baptised, but I was worried about what my family would say. There are so many misconceptions about the church that I knew it would be an ordeal. However, I also knew that the LDS church was right and true. I then contacted missionaries using LDS.org. When we met, I told them I wanted to get baptised- they just about fell over!! My family was very opposed to the church at first, but I gave it a little time, answered their prodding questions gently, and did my best to live as a good example. I was baptised at age 17 and since then my faith has only grown. The church values resonate to the core of my being and I am grateful to have the restored gospel in my life

How I live my faith

I was converted to the church when I was seventeen; the rest of my family is still Catholic. Sometimes it's hard to live my faith, but I know that by providing a good consistent example, I am truly living my faith. My 'calling', or spiritual assignment in the church is to visit teach. This means that once a month I go visit a few people from our church and share a spiritual message with them. I always end up learning from the people I teach, too! No matter where I go, I know that living my faith is the best way to share it.

What is being a Mormon like?

Ani
As a convert, I was SO worried that being baptised into the church meant my entire persona would change. Fortunately, it only changed for the better! Being a member is a lot like not being a member in a way. I just have additional knowledge in the way I should be behaving and treating other people- I am still 'me', and I still live my life exactly how I please, but I choose to follow the commandments we are given in the church. It's great being a Mormon, because I feel happy almost all the time. The good times are better and the bad times aren't so bad. I have a greater purpose in my life and I can't imagine turning back. :) Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Ani
Yes, Mormons are Christians. There are a lot of stereotypes out there, but make sure you check your facts! Mormons just have additional revelations and scripture! You should check it out. :) Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Ani
Nope! Every worthy man is able to receive and exercise the priesthood. This is a great blessing, because it allows potentially everybody to have access to it and the blessings it brings! Show more Show less