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Hi I'm Annelise

I live in Utah, surrounded by mountains, I love Disneyland, I love spending time with my family. I am a Mormon.

About Me

During my senior year of high school, I discovered a gift within myself. By taking a peer tutor class, mentoring and befriending kids with various special needs, I learned quickly what a joy it is working with them. They make it so easy to love and serve. After graduating high school, I began attending an institute of religion class in spring of 2014. This particular class is geared towards people with special needs and welcomes volunteer "friends", or mentors. I love it! And I love them! I've always been very maternal. When I was a toddler, I loved my dolls. Along with the love I have for special needs, I love children. I look forward to getting married someday and having my own kids. I am in love with the mountains, the beach, the night sky, rivers and streams, and any sort of wildlife. Being in nature excites and fascinates me. It really helps me clear my mind. Hiking, gardening, canoeing and kayaking, visiting national parks, and going to the beach are some of the things I love doing outdoors. I'm a total dog person, and will bring my dog with me outside whenever I can. I love creating music, reading, writing, and serving. One of my favorite books is Anne of Green Gables. I am proud to say, that I am partially named after Anne (my name is ANNElise - pronounced Ann-uh-lees). I love anything Disney, especially Disneyland. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ, my faith in Him is who I am. I am a lifelong learner!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 15 years old, I read the Book of Mormon for the first time.The power I felt in my life as I did so was undeniable. I experienced peace and direction that I had never before felt. I know with all my heart that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Studying it's pages has helped me come closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ. I had a bit of a rough time in Junior High and High School. I never struggled socially, but focusing in class and keeping up on my homework were always really difficult for me. I love to learn and always desired to achieve good grades. My personality is such that it was a really hard trial for me to fall short in this area. It was in 9th grade that I committed to reading the Book of Mormon and as I did, many of my struggles began to fade. Even though I had a hard time in school, when I faithfully prayed and studied the Book of Mormon, that was when things would smooth out and I would have greater ability to focus and prioritize. It was amazing to see small miracles happening in my life. Each time I re-read the Book of Mormon, I feel that same power lifting me closer to Christ and helping me want to serve others. It is the word of God, another testament of Jesus Christ, and it is a beautiful gift that I want to share, because I know how much it blesses lives. So why am I a Mormon? Because I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true and living church. God speaks through a living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson. Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God called to restore His gospel to the Earth. We have a loving Heavenly Father who wants the best for us and listens to our prayers. I promise that if you will sincerely read the Book of Mormon and pray to ask God if it is true, you will know for yourself that it is true. And all these things I have testified of will become clear and you will know of their truthfulness as well. I say this in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I have always loved to be involved. As a teenager, I actively participated in church meetings and activities. As a young adult I still do, and enjoy the spiritual strength and valuable social interactions from that. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has something called visiting teaching, where two women are assigned as companions and given stewardship over two or three other women. We are to meet with them monthly to talk about anything, and share a spiritual message. The goal of visiting teaching is to meet friends, share the love of Christ, and help with any temporal, physical or spiritual needs. I love visiting teaching! I love my companion, and I love the girls we visit. I have learned so much from serving them along with my companion. The love of Christ abounds in our hearts as we are engaged in His work. Another way to be engaged is by faithfully fulfilling assignments. For example, the members of the congregation, or ward, by invitation from a ward leader such as the bishop or one of his counselors, take turns giving sermons. They can choose whether to accept or decline the invitation. Accepting is one way we can show our love and appreciation for the Lord. I have had such opportunities and humbly accepted, even though it was nerve-wracking sometimes. Public speaking has become something that I really enjoy especially when I can bear my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I was working at a restaurant most of the people I worked with did not share my standards. I would not do the things that were out of line with what I believe. I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary, just being myself. As a result, a couple of my co-workers gravitated towards that and wanted to be better. It was very humbling and I learned a lot through those experiences. Living our faith means doing. True conversion comes by living what we know and have been taught. I have felt that in my life and know it's true.