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Hi I'm Annika

I listen to bluegrass music. I run in the snow. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Annika. I'm 19 years old and I've lived in Idaho most of my life. I grew up in a down to earth, dry humored household. Some of my favorite growing up memories are of my family playing bluegrass music down in the basement. I can't say I'm the most musically gifted of our group, but I can sing fairly well, and play a few guitar chords. My brother can pick a banjo like nobody's business, my dad is pretty handy with a guitar, and my mom and sister can give a fiddle a pretty good what for. We're nothing fancy, but we can sure have a heck of a time. I love how music can really bring people closer together. I also love gardening. When I was a kid I use to hate weeding the garden. I thought it was boring, but since then I have acquired a love for it. There's something about planting a seed and watching it become something beautiful that fascinates me. I love learning about the many different species of plants and how to care for them.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I became converted to it later in life. When I was younger, I would go through the motions. I would go to church and do what I was taught, simply because I trusted my parents and believed because they did. At church and at home I was always encouraged to develop a testimony of the church for myself and to not rely on the faith of others. Little by little I did so. I studied the word of God, both in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I focused a lot on the Book of Mormon because it is the keystone of our religion. If it isn’t true then the this church couldn’t be true ether. I read it and studied it diligently, praying to my Father in Heaven to know it was true. My prayers were answered. Whenever I prayed to know if it was true, an overwhelming feeling of peace and joy came into my heart. It was unlike any other feeling I’d experienced before. I’ve had that feeling come to me many times since then. I know that this is God’s true church on the earth today. I have seen it bless and strengthen families, especially my own. It’s lifted my life, and I’ve seen it lift the lives of others. It gives me hope and joy in this world of confusion and darkness. It has helped me to understand my loving Father in Heaven’s will for me and my life. I love Him, and I know He loves me. Not because of anything I’ve done, but because I am His child. I love this gospel.

How I live my faith

One thing I love about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints is that it makes me want to be better. It inspires me to reach outside of myself. To be kinder to others and more service minded. I volunteer with the local Lions Club in my area, which has given me the opportunity to give my time for good causes, whether it be helping with fundraisers or picking up trash along the littered highway. I also serve in my church by teaching lessons in Sunday school, and by serving as a visiting teacher. As a visiting teacher I would go to the homes of certain members of the congregation to serve and share uplifting messages with certain members of the congregation. I will be leaving soon to serve a full time LDS mission and I can't wait to focus on serving others for a whole year and a half!