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Hi I'm Anita

I grew up in Connecticut, studied public health, and worked in leprosy colonies in India. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I studied public health and Spanish for my undergraduate degree and had the opportunity to travel and put my skills to work. I worked at a nursing home and school for the blind in Mexico as well as in leprosy colonies in India. I love being in situations where I don't know anyone and have no idea where I am going; and, as a result I have slowly developed an addiction to traveling. I check flight prices on a weekly basis. I also love to watercolor and especially to paint homemade cards for every occasion. I enjoy reading books and I am addicted to reading international news on my phone. I read BBC news at least two times today and often read every article posted on their website's front page. I don't enjoy driving so I have developed a strong relationship with my bicycle and being outside. Mealtime is my favorite part of the day and have a weakness for brownies and detest melted cheese; but, I still enjoy a good slice of pizza.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 14 my parents died and my siblings and I were separated and forced to live in many different homes over the course of a year. My father is from South America and most of my family does not live in the United States, so we did not have many options at that time. I lived with families of all sorts of religions and at the time was very disinterested in religion. I had been baptized the year before in the LDS faith but was confused by it and my parents death pushed me away from God. I did not find a need for Him, life was going to continue regardless of whom I prayed to. When I was 15 I moved in with my aunt and uncle who were predominantly Jewish. During my time I slowly began to evaluate my life and its purpose. Still, for a long time, I did not see a point in religion and instead focused on my studies at school and career options. When I was about 16 I woke every Sunday early in the morning and felt like I needed to go somewhere. I ignored this for a long time because preferred to spend my Sunday sleeping or studying. My best friend at the time happened to be LDS and she invited me to activities, and for some reason, I went. I attended an early morning seminary class with other LDS youth, I went to activities, and the bishop of my ward asked if I would be willing to take a calling and help out in the ward. This experience changed my life. As I began to study the scriptures and pray to God again I felt something change. I felt peace and comfort. I knew that this was the path I was supposed to take. I began to learn about the sacrifices of the early members of the church and of Joseph Smith. I believe that they were truly guided by God in their journey to bring forth the gospel. I believe that Joseph Smith was chosen to translate the Book of Mormon and bring forth the new and restored Gospel to the earth. I believe that God wants to communicate with us today through latter day prophets. I believe this church to be true and have felt peace and comfort by it.

How I live my faith

I seek to serve those around me and to be an example of Christ in everything I do. In my daily life I try to always be apart of a service project or volunteer for local organizations. Currently, I volunteer for an NGO which assists those afflicted with leprosy in India. I spent several months working in India and I still assist them with fundraisers and projects in the U.S. I also try to volunteer with children with tough family situations or dysfunctional backgrounds. I have spent many summers volunteering at a summer camp for children who's parents do not speak English and are forced to be away from home most of the day. In these capacities I try to be a good example for those in need and always be willing to provide my talents and means to build the God's kingdom on earth. At church, I served as a Sunday school teacher advisor over the past summer. I invited individuals from my church congregation to teach the Sunday school class during Sunday services. I met with them weekly and taught them about teaching the gospel and how to reach the individual in classroom setting. I also visit two women in my church congregation monthly and try to serve them in whatever capacity they need. I have also taught the Sunday school class for children in the past both in the U.S. and in India.