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Hi I'm Annelise Eddy

I am from San Diego, California. I am a Spanish Speaking Missionary in the Des Moines Iowa Mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in San Diego until the age of thirteen then lived in Temecula for five years. At the age of 18 I went to college at BYU-Hawaii where I obtained my Associates Degree in Arts with an emphasis in Psychology. I left BYU-Hawaii to serve a mission for the Lord for 18 months. After my mission I plan on getting my degree in Nursing and continuing to be a missionary! I love being a missionary and I am so thankful for the opportunity I have to serve! I was born into the church and around the age of 11 became inactive in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When I was 15 I had very good influences on me in my life including some friends at school, my older cousin, and my older sister who had just returned home from her mission in Brussels, Belgium. Thanks to the examples that these people set before me and the help that they gave me I was able to recognize the Lord's hands in my life and I became an active member once again. Being a member of this church has blessed my life so abundantly. I still go through hard times that I don't always know how to respond to. Through the influence of the Gospel in my life and my desire to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ I have been able to overcome many trials that tested my strength, my faith, and who I was. I know I am a Daughter of God. I know that we must have hope, faith, and charity, the most important being charity (Moroni 7:40-48). And I know that this Gospel changes lives for the better.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because when I was about 15 I prayed for three months to know the truth, to receive a witness from God that he was there, to just have a sign so that I could believe. After three months of praying every day for a sign, anything, I was sitting in church next to my older sister who had just barely gotten home from her mission. She handed me her scriptures which were opened to Ether 12:6 which reads "faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith". It has been about 5 years now and I can say with much more courage and strength that I know that this Gospel is true. That God answers our prayers perfectly, maybe not always in the ways we expect or want, but he answers them, and if you listen you can find those answers through prayer, through church, through the prophets, through your leaders. I know that this Gospel blesses families forever. I have so much more faith now than I did those five years ago. Everyone starts somewhere and we all have the opportunity to Come to Christ. I did, and I continue to each day. I have a testimony of this Gospel, of Heavenly Father and the amazing power of prayer and obedience. I have faith in Jesus Christ and I have a testimony that as that faith remains nourished it can conquer the hardest of trials. I have faith in the small day to day things, that by them, unimaginably large things can come to pass.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by actively trying to become better each day, to become more like Christ each day. I have spent much of my time praying for charity, the pure love of Christ, to have it and to feel it throughout my life. I know that I can feel that love now in the people I am serving and the people I serve alongside and my family back home. I know God loves me more than I can comprehend here in this life, but being here and serving Him makes me feel as though He is giving me just a taste of what it is like to truly love people, to truly lay down my life for them, to understand what it really means to "forget yourself and get to work" as President Gordon B. Hinckley said.