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Hi I'm Anika

I'm a singer, violinist, performer, student, sister, friend and daughter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am attending college in Utah, though I'm originally from Illinois. I love music! I play the violin and the piano, I'm learning the guitar via my guitalele (a guitar and ukulele mixed together), and I love to sing. I have been in multiple performing groups over the years, which gives me the opportunity to meet new people from all over. I served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Kennewick, Washington. That year and a half included some of the hardest experiences of my life, but they were also the best. I am grateful for the experiences I had and the people I met that brought me closer to Jesus Christ. I am currently pursuing a Family Studies degree at BYU, with the hope of going to graduate school for Marriage and Family Therapy. I am an active participant in performing groups here as well, and I also enjoy hiking and spending time with friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church. I grew up learning the principles and foundation of the Gospel. But I can't base my faith on the faith of my parents or my teachers--I had to learn for myself if the Gospel is true, and if I believe in it, and the answer is that I do. Studying and applying the Gospel in my life makes me a much better person, and I just cannot imagine my life without it. I have felt the healing, strength, and peace that comes through Jesus Christ and His Atonement, and truly there is nothing sweeter. Because of the things I've learned, I believe that Jesus Christ lives, and that He loves me, just as my Heavenly Father knows me and loves me. I know that God has a plan for His children, which ultimately involves being able to be with our families for all eternity. That knowledge, and the knowledge of the Gospel, is what makes me happy. It feels right. It is right.

How I live my faith

There are many ways to express and live your faith, and not all of them are outright obvious. I love to be involved in a lot of different things. I've done orchestra at school since fifth grade, and that has not stopped in college. I'm also in the Women's Chorus at my school. I love being able to reach out to people through music, because music can change lives where nothing else can. I loved being involved with the youth at church, especially when I was in high school. Ever summer, girls between ages 12 and 18 would attend a camp, and during high school I was able to be a youth counselor/leader, which was a lot of fun. I loved being able to get to know the other girls and coming to understand the love that our Heavenly Father has for His children. Living in a place where there aren't a lot of members of the Church made those experiences even more special. Because I grew up in a place where there aren't a lot of members, it gave me several chances to explain to my friends what I believe. That allowed to to really think about the principles that I'm constantly trying to live. As a result, I was able to grow a stronger testimony of the Gospel and of the standards that it asks me to uphold. People tend to notice when you have such high standards, so being a trying to be a good example of what we believe was always in my mind.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Absolutely! It is a powerful and sacred record of the Savior and His apostles. The history, doctrine, and stories of the Bible all witness that Jesus is the Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. Those who wrote the teachings of the Bible were inspired by the Holy Ghost, and their writings are the word of God. It is this same process through which the Book of Mormon was written. The Book of Mormon supports and reinforces the teachina's of the Bible. Show more Show less