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Hi I'm Anna LaTour

I am a missionary, originally from northern New York, serving in the Idaho Boise Spanish speaking mission. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to this church and was baptized in 2016, at the age of 17. 2016 was also the year I was adopted out of foster care, after from being in it for about 12 years. I am now a student at BYU, studying Communications News Media. Some things I love to do include: playing the flute, cooking, spending time with my family and friends, and serving. I enjoy the outdoors, swimming, biking, and have always loved the Adirondacks where I grew up. Coming to Utah, I was really happy to see real mountains! I love photography, reading, writing, music, studio art, learning new things, and I LOVE to travel.

Why I am a Mormon

For most part of my life I have been agnostic. Religion was never the center of my life, but I knew there had to be something that was bigger than man and earth, and even the universe. Looking back, I have always lived like a "dry Mormon"- a term used for one who lives like a Mormon, but isn't baptized. I followed the laws of my country, was a straight A student, and did things that made my parents proud. Life was good, despite my life in foster care. I knew if I worked hard, I can achieve what I wanted. However, it wasn't until I met with the missionaries that really opened my eyes to my eternal life. It was during the end of my junior year of high school, when I met the missionaries. It took me awhile to come around to what they were teaching me, and they were willing to let me take my time. I was often too caught up in balancing what the world thought about Mormonism and what the missionaries were testifying. Focusing on the empirical evidence and trying to prove and disprove the religion prevented me from being receptive to the Holy Spirit. It prevented miracles and faith from happening. Faith, I learned, is not easy and it's not to have a "perfect knowledge." If we had perfect knowledge would we really need faith? The process of my conversion began when I finally read The Book of Mormon and allowed the Savior to help change my life. The Spirit did not come with a burning in my chest like most would describe it. It came gradually, and all I felt was love. I began to slowly realize that God, our loving Heavenly Father, has been there for me all along, even through the midst of the nightmare of my childhood of growing up in care. I began to have hope for a better life for me, my family, and for my future children. I see the world a little more differently, that we are not here just to grow up, get a job, work, and die. Because of Him, we have a better mission in life that goes far beyond you and me.

How I live my faith

I believe serving everyone around us no matter how big or small our acts are, for we may never know how much we can help bless the lives of others. Service is a great way to come closer to and learn about our Savior, Jesus Christ, because we are living by His example. Reading the scriptures helps me to stay on the path of a better life and teaches me to enjoy life, too.