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Hi I'm Vannessa Gunnell

I'm a convert to the Church. I'm an eating disorder survivor. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I converted to the church in 2014. My husband was a return missionary at the time I was baptized, and we ended up meeting at my baptism. I am currently studying marriage and family studies, with a desire to be a Marriage and Family Therapist. My passions include reading and blogging about my experiences since joining the LDS church. You can read my blog, here: lifeofamormonconvert.blogspot.com

Why I am a Mormon

I have struggled with various addictions and mental illness since I was 12 years old. I was raised in the Catholic church, and went to a Catholic school in my younger years. I have always known that I believed in Jesus Christ, but I realized that the Catholic church simply wasn't for me. I finally started "Church hopping" around age 15, but it was put on hold when my eating disorder took over my life. When I was deep into my negative habits, I was angry at God, and doubted whether He really existed. After being in and out of the hospital for years, I hit rock bottom. I suffered a pretty horrific medical scare from my eating disorder, and it was then when I finally realized that I wasn't going to get through my trials without figuring out what I believed in. While I was still in the hospital for my medical problems, I went online and searched "different forms of Christianity," and miraculously discovered the Mormon faith. I was interested in learning more, so I called the missionaries in my area from the hospital phone, and met with them after I was discharged. Although I was still struggling with my eating disorder while I was exploring the church, I truly believe that if I hadn't called the missionaries, I wouldn't be here today. The Mormon church brought light into the darkest areas of my life, and for that I am forever grateful.

How I live my faith

I currently have a teaching calling in the church. My favorite way to live my faith is through studying it and sharing it. I study it by reading my scriptures, conference talks, and books from Deseret Book. I love sharing the Gospel on social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Since I didn't serve a mission, I strive to be more of a missionary every day by doing these things.