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Hi I'm B Cruz

I grew up in California, I like chocolate and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hello! My name is Annika, and I'm 19 years old. I'm from northern California, but I currently reside in Utah. In a nutshell, I'm a "creative people person" as it said on the online career quiz I took. I'm also a Hufflepuff, and I'm learning to appreciate it. I'm currently on the hunt for my life's mission, with God's help. I'm not as yet sure what I want to major in. However, I do know what I'm passionate about. I love music, and I've been playing the piano since age 7. I also love film and theater, and both have had my focus throughout high school. I also love meeting people, and learning about different cultures. It seems ironic because most people wouldn't call Utah the most culturally diverse place, but I've learned more about culture there than anywhere else I've lived. Almost all of my close friends have spend 1-2 years of their lives in a different state or a different country than where they were raised. They've served their missions in places like in New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, France, England, Africa, Germany and all over the USA. They've told me about the foods they ate, people they've met and taught me about the customs they've learned. From my friends I've gained a thirst to explore the world. As of yet, all I need is a desire to travel, a passport and lots of money. (One out of three ain't bad). I sincerely hope to do a lot of good with my life, and as long as it involves meeting people I'll be happy! (Or if I get ice cream. That would make me happy too.)

Why I am a Mormon

The Church and Gospel of Jesus Christ gives meaning to everything I do, and Jesus Christ means everything to me. I have many friends who believe in Christ. And they, as I do, have a personal relationship with their Lord. So why am I not attending the local Christian church like them? Why am I a Mormon? Because no other religion brings me closer to God than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka the Mormons). We Mormons have our little quirks, stereotypes and imperfect members. But there is nothing imperfect in the doctrine or the Gospel we strive to live. The Book of Mormon is a key point of our doctrine, and has brought me closer to Jesus Christ. One of my favorite quotes is by Richard Gervais and he said, " [t]he existence of God is not subjective. He either exists or he doesn't. Its not a matter of opinion. You can have your own opinions. But you can't have your own facts." I truly believe that. Either the Book of Mormon is true or its not. And if it is true, than Joseph Smith did translate it by the power of God. And I know the Book of Mormon is true. Its changed my life and has been of the most important things in my relationship with God. Joseph B Wirthlin said, "We see ourselves in terms of yesterday and today... Heavenly Father sees us in terms of forever. Although we might settle for less, Heavenly Father won’t, for He sees us as the glorious beings we are capable of becoming. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of transformation. It takes us as men and women of the earth and refines us into men and women for the eternities." The Gospel is a Gospel of transformation! I want to be apart of a religion that brings me closer to God. I want to know my purpose in life. I want to have a relationship with God. And I want to be transformed to what God wants me to be. I love being Mormon!

How I live my faith

I live my faith my putting God first in my life, by serving other people, by fasting and paying tithing, by studying the word of God, developing my talents and speaking to God in prayer. I also live my faith by worshiping in the Temple. Since the beginning of the world, as evidenced in the Bible, the Lord had His faithful followers build Temples.This Church builds Temples to glorify God; and in these Temples I make promises to God and receive promises from Him that bless me life. In addition, nothing gives me more peace, more comfort or more direction that knowing I have a Savior that loves me and will help me become a better person through His grace and enabling power. In the book "Conquering Your Own Goliaths", Steven Cramer writes, "God loves us exactly as we are right now, but He loves us too much to leave us that way. He does not demand that we change before he loves us because he knows that if we need changing discovering the reality of his love will change us."