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Hi I'm Anna

I’m a journalism student, an older sister to six, a die-hard BYU football fan, and a Mormon.

About Me

I consider myself lucky to have grown up in a small town in southeastern Utah. With a seemingly limited number of things to do, my friends and I made our own fun. Some of my fondest childhood memories are playing night games in my neighborhood, producing neighborhood newscasts, and staring at the stars that could be seen so clearly in my backyard. Living in a small town afforded me opportunities to be involved in many different activities, including choir and piano, swim team, business and service clubs and academic competitions. I gained a deep appreciation for the richness that these different activities can contribute to one’s life, and I still strive to make time for some of these activities today. Right now I am a college student majoring in journalism. I chose to study journalism because I am passionate about its charge: to seek and spread the truth. I will soon be serving as a missionary in upstate New York. Aside from my mentioned interests, I enjoy traveling, cooking, and spending time outdoors hiking, fishing and camping. I love to spend time with my family, whether it’s attending BYU games, working in our backyard, or playing games.

Why I am a Mormon

A desire to seek truth led me to study journalism. Likewise, a desire to seek truth is why I am a Mormon. An important part of my story begins at the end of 2008 when I was 11. At that time, I decided to read the Book of Mormon and journal three ways I had seen God’s hand in my life every day. A spirit of peace and calm entered my life as I began reading. As I wrote in my journal, I developed more faith in God as I saw small and simple ways He was blessing me. However, maintaining these habits was not easy. That February, I became very sick while recovering from a surgery. Sometimes my parents had to read to me and write in my journal for me. It was one of the darkest and most painful experiences of my life, but it became one of the most spiritual. In one moment of nearly unbearable pain, I remember praying so earnestly to Heavenly Father to help me. Instantly, the words of a familiar hymn filled my mind: “He lives to comfort me when my faint. He lives to hear my soul’s complaint. He lives to silence all my fears. He lives to wipe away my tears. He lives to calm my troubled heart. He lives all blessings to impart.” Peace swept over me. I truly felt strengthened by Jesus Christ. I felt that I would recover. I knew that all would be okay, and my pain was eased. I did recover eventually, and as I finished the Book of Mormon on December 31, a warm, burning feeling filled my soul, testifying to me once more that the book and its teachings are true. Although I had a testimony before these experiences, I consider them great foundations of my testimony. I believe spiritual questions deserve spiritual answers. To learn truth about the eternal, we must have revelatory experiences--those where the Holy Ghost teaches our minds and hearts what is true. My own revelatory experiences are why ultimately why I'm a Mormon--I have learned for myself that this Church is true and that Jesus Christ leads it.

How I live my faith

Most of us face many demands on our time, and that is the case for me as well. While it's not easy to juggle so many demands, I have found that as I strive to make being a disciple of Jesus Christ my number one priority, my life falls into a more proper order. Living my faith is all-encompassing. It includes building relationships with those I meet and learning how to better serve them. It includes worship through church and temple attendance, singing, prayer and journal writing. It includes working hard in my academic studies to gain greater understanding of all things that are true. It includes study of the teachings of ancient and modern prophets. It involves abstaining from substances and activities that would defile my body and spirit. It includes striving to learn about myself--who I am, who I can become, what my talents and gifts are, and setting goals to develop myself. It includes maintaining strong relationships with my family members. It includes srtiving to keep the covenants I have made to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ and always remember Him. While some may not call being a Mormon easy--certainly the above list might seem overwhelming--I must conclude that in sum, obedience to the laws and teachings of Jesus Christ's Gospel is in some ways the easier way. While all of us sin and must repent, I believe that striving to keep the comamndments of God helps us avoid heartache and pain. Obedience can fill us with joy, love and peace. Discipleship is a path that need not be walked alone, for when we welcome the Savior into our lives, we can do--and more importantly become--much more than we could before. We can experience real, deep hope and comfort, and our daily actions take on a new depth of meaning. When we follow His teachings, we are not free from adversity, but we can be strengthened to meet and overcome adversity in ways that we could not without His help. Living my faith is the great quest of my life because I love Jesus Christ.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

We believe that men and women are dual beings, composed of both a mortal body and an immortal spirit. We believe that the Holy Ghost, the third member of the Godhead, can dwell within us when our both the spirit and body are obedient to the commandments of God. Because of Jesus Christ's atonement and resurrection, we believe that all mankind will also be resurrected. When we understand this significance, we naturally desire to take care of our bodies, for to have them eternally is one of the greatest gifts provided by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We believe that our Heavenly Father also has a body. In order to become like Him, it was essential that we come to earth to obtain bodies and exercise our agency to follow Him. Our bodies are the instruments we have to serve our Heavenly Father. When we consider the great blessing and eternal significance of having a body, we recognize the need to take good care of them. Show more Show less