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Hi I'm Anika Argyle

I'm a writer. I love quality conversations. If I'm not studying or reading, I'm probably laughing with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with my nose glued to the pages of a book. My love for reading evolved into a love for writing and I hope one day to be a published author. Words are my way of creating beauty and engaging in new ways of thinking. I also love to be outdoors. From snowflakes falling in the silence, plumes of warm breath swirling in the freezing air, to bobbing wildflowers swaying besides the trail as I hike, I love God's Earth. He has given us a beautiful world, and there is nothing quite as energizing and yet also reverent as taking time to be in nature and to contemplate the grandeur of God's power.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home where I was taught the Gospel. For a long time, church was just another part of life in my family. But as I went through high school and especially when I moved away to college, I discovered that living the Gospel makes me happy. As I study the scriptures and pray and then get up and live my life according to the doctrines and principles I have learned in the Church, I am filled with light. I have a sense of purpose, and no matter what trials life throws at me, I have a solid foundation on which to stand. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is and forever will be an inherent facet of who I am. Through it, I learn, grow, change, and progress. I refine my character day by day as I strive to live the standards the Lord expects of me. I know this Gospel is truly the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ because of the blessings that fill my life as I live it. The Book of Mormon teaches that if we will experiment on the word of God, we will know for ourselves by the Holy Ghost that it is true. My life has been one continuous witness of that eternal truth.

How I live my faith

My focus for the next 18 months will be dedicating my whole might, mind and heart to the Lord's work as I serve a mission in Rome, Italy. This choice has come from a culmination of experiences in my life, but primarily, I want to share the eternal joy that comes from living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When I think of how I live my faith, I think of the phrase "an instrument in the hands of God." Especially as a missionary, I am conscious of how every choice I make determines whether or not I qualify myself to serve as the Lord's representative. It's all the in the little things: choosing not to complain, to compliment rather than think badly of another's actions, to be more grateful in prayer, to study the scriptures a little bit more intently, etc. It is in the little things that we qualify ourselves to see the grand miracles God has prepared. I strive every day to become more worthy of the phrase "an instrument in the hands of God." I have seen the power that comes when I exercise my agency, or freedom to choose, to follow my Savior, Jesus Christ, and give my life more fully to Him. It is when I lose myself in His glorious work that I find I best fulfill my divine potential. He will always make me more than I could ever be on my own. So living my faith will ever be a greater effort to become more like my Savior and build His kingdom with all that I have--with all that He has given me.