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Hi I'm Ana

I like chicken nuggets. I'm a Civil War history buff. I'm a coxswain. I'm serving a mission in Wisconsin. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Wyoming. I've been to all 50 states and have had chicken nuggets in every single one of them. Since I never received my Hogwarts letter, I decided to move away from the cold and study at the University of California, San Diego and double major in English Literature and American History. I'm a coxswain on the college woman's crew team. I sometimes like to play the piano. I like going on adventures. I have been called to serve in the Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission. When I return home, I plan to finish my degree and go to Harvard law school (what? like, it's hard?)...or BYU.

Why I am a Mormon

In John 6, Christ, after having watched many of his disciples walk away, turns to Peter and asks, "Will ye also go away?" Peter replies by saying, "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life." Being a Mormon is not just a name. It's not just a religion. It's not just a way of life or an ideology to prescribe to—it is the only way. It is everything. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, which has been restored to the Earth through the prophet Joseph Smith, is the only hope. It is the only way to find peace in this world. It is the only way to find true and meaningful and everlasting happiness. This gospel is for everyone. It was created for everyone. This gospel, this plan of happiness, is for me. It is the only way that I can obtain joy and everlasting happiness. It is the only way that I can be with my family forever. It is the only way to gain knowledge, both of spiritual and earthly matters. It is the only thing that keeps us from an eternity of misery and endless woe. I am a Mormon because I know that there is only one plan, and that this is the plan. I am a Mormon because I know that for a time the plan was not on the Earth, but it has since been restored and I don’t want to ever live without it. I am a Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon is another Testament of Christ. I am a Mormon because I know that I will be able to live with my family again, and therefore death is not the end. I am a Mormon because I desperately believe in happiness. I am a Mormon because I know that I have a Savior and a Heavenly Father who hears and answers my prayers. I am a Mormon because I have been guided and prompted by the Spirit to accomplish things that I could not have done by myself. I am a Mormon because there is nothing anywhere else that offers the words of eternal life.

How I live my faith

As said In Luke 17: 10, I will forever be an "unprofitable servant" to the Lord because no matter what I do, I will always fall short. I am not perfect, but I try everyday to be a little better and try a little harder. I attend a university in which any overwhelming majority of the students are not Mormon or have never even heard of Mormons. The school is large and it is easy to feel like a number. I have learned through my time spent in college that people are lonely. We all seek to happiness, but many people end finding shallow pools of instant pleasure instead of looking for deep and lasting joy. My faith gives me that deep and lasting joy. I am able to find peace in my faith. Not peace that the world offers me, but peace about who I am, what my end goals are, where I want to end up. Having this knowledge puts a lot of things into perspective and so I try to focus on things that help accomplish those end goals or will take me where I want to be. But like I said, I will forever be an unprofitable servant. I am not perfect. It is a constant struggle for me pursue my own will and the will of my Heavenly Father's. The path isn't always clear. Many times we are prompted to go places we wouldn't normally or want to do. Someone once told me that if we are content with where we are we aren't progressing. That has always stuck with me. I want to be better then who I was yesterday. I want to understand the Savior better than I did yesterday. And because I want these things I strive, though sometimes I go off on side-excursions, to live my faith in a way that allows me to progress to becoming the vision my Heavenly Father had for me all along.