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Hi I'm Analisa

I am a college student who wants to have a positive impact on the world. I love to travel and to be outside. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I am from San Diego, CA. I am a college student studying Neuroscience and am fascinated by people and by the world around me. I love to ski, climb, hike, and read. I also love to spend time with my friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a part of this church because it makes me happy and motivated me to be a better person. I am a part of this church because I want to follow my Savior and feel His Spirit throughout my life. I know that I have found truth, peace, and comfort in my life because of the church. I am so grateful to have the Book of Mormon in my life because, along with the bible, it teaches me about Jesus Christ. I love my Savior and want to become more like Him. Being a part of His church allows me to become a better person, makes me happy, and helps me feel God’s love. I know that I am a child of God and that He wants me to come back to Him. This church allows me to grow closer and closer to Him. I would not give up being a Mormon for anything—being a Mormon is who I am and I love it.

How I live my faith

I love my church and I participate in church activities regularly. I see my religion to be an instrumental part of my every-day life. I love attending church every Sunday and going to a religion class at school as well as a class Wednesday nights where we study the Savior and the scriptures. I am a teacher at church to other college students and I love preparing lessons to teach so that we can all grow closer to Christ.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Analisa
Families are central to God's plan for us, His children. Families are used as a structure wherein we become more like Christ by developing attributes of service, patience, kindness, and deep love. They can be a support for us as we work through the trials of life and can be the root of a lot of happiness. We believe that our families can last into eternity. Families are not just meant to carry us through life, but are the divine unit of heaven. I am so grateful for my family, all that they have taught me, all the love I have felt by them, and all the strength and support that they give me. I hope to be married in the temple so that I can be married to my future spouse and sealed to my children for eternity. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Analisa
One of the main purposes of life on earth is to gain a body. We believe that God has a divine body and that one reason we come to earth is to receive a body so that we can become more like Him. Because we are created in God's image, our bodies are in His image and should be treated as His. Our bodies also house our spirits, and just as a King lives in a beautiful castle, we must maintain our bodies so that they are fit to house such a divine spirit of God. Our bodies are called temples of God because temples are where holiness resides. Therefore, our holy spirit, residing within our body, makes our body a house, even a temple. A spirit and a body make up a soul. We must nurture and take care of our whole soul. We must nurture and care for our spirit with spiritual things, and we must nurture and care for our body with physical things. These two necessary components of ourself (spirit and body), if nurtured and cared for, can bring us closer to God. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Analisa
Being a mormon woman is awesome! We certainly believe in complete equality as children of God. We also believe that men and women have specific duties and responsibilities. The men in our church have the responsibility of holding the priesthood power, which is the power of God on the Earth. The women and men can rely on this power that stems, not from the men, but from God and is exercised by the men. I am very grateful for the priesthood holders in my life, especially my dad, and for the comfort that this power has given me. The women in this church have callings of teaching and preaching. We give talks in sacrament meeting, teach classrooms, lead events and activities. I am also really grateful to be part of the Relief Society, which is one of the largest women's organizations in the world and is an important aspect of our church. We believe that a primary responsibility of men and women is to have and raise a family with love and righteousness. Within this family unit, men and women share all responsibilities, and women are foremost responsible for the nurturing of their children, just as they have the divine ability to create and birth children. Equality within a marriage and a family is the overarching principle (see The Family: A Proclamation to the World). Our church champions equality as well as the utmost respect and love for God's daughters. Show more Show less