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Hi I'm Anjum

I'm a Mormon and LOVE it!

About Me

I grew up on Long Island in a wonderful foster family with 2 sisters and 1 brother. I am half Sri Lankan and half Polish. My husband and I share 5 wonderful children and I am a grandmother to 2 gorgeous little girls and 1 grandson due in Jan 2012. I wear many hats in my professional life. I am an insurance agent, legal document preparer, notary, write wills and trusts and deeds, run the office for a wealth management firm and am a Ticket Broker (of sorts) as a part time second job. I created my own company and website and sell awesome seats to the Broadway shows that come to town and other events as well. I created and ran a Food Storage company for 13 years as well and then sold it 8 years ago....it's still in business and doing well! I love sewing, reading,playing the piano, children and scrapbooking. I hate exercise therefore brownies and ice cream will be my demise.

Why I am a Mormon

Thanks to my older sister Nancy, I joined the church in NY when I was 11. She converted and then starting taking my younger sister and I to church since we were not really attending the Methodist church anymore. We loved it from the get go! Primary on Wednesday's after school and back in the 1970's, we still had split schedule. I don't know that I fully understood the Gospel when I took the discussions, but I had no reason to believe that what the Elders were telling me wasn't true. (One of those missionaries became my brother-in-law later on as I married his wife's brother). Today, Nov 14, is my 40th year anniversary of my baptism. I still remember it and cherish the memories. My parents joined about 6 mos later. My brother never did, but we've since done his work. That is HOW I became a Mormon. WHY I am a Mormon (still), is because I have a deep testimony that how I've chosen to live my life and teach my children to live their lives is absolutley the only way to live. I remember having a 3 hr. "discussion" with an atheist in high school. Frustrated I told my dad about it. He said "Anjum, the way I figure it is I will live the gospel as best as I can. If he's right and I'm wrong, I've lost nothing. If he's wrong and I'm right, I've still lost nothing and gained everything." I've never forgotten that and repeated that many times. I wanted to be good, I wanted to obey and not disappoint. But my testimony really came as a freshman at BYU while reading the Book of Mormon. My testimony continues to strengthen reading the Book of Mormon and living it's principles and really studying it. I've had the Spirit bear witness to me of it's truth and feel this is where I belong....to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know who I am, I know God's plan, I follow him in faith....every day.

How I live my faith

I realize that everything I do and say reflects my love for the Lord and His gospel. I want people to look at me and say "what does she have that I don't? Therefore, every day, I CHOOSE to obey...to seek the Spirit to guide me and look for opportunities to serve. I've never felt compelled and always knew I had my free agency....along with the consequences of those choices. Working full time makes it difficult to do compassionate service within my ward during the day, but I try to provide dinners, go out with the sister missionaries and take my callings seriously. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to teach! I was going to be a teacher when I grew up and student teaching terrified me so I changed majors. I've been able to satisfy that love by teaching lessons to the women, Adult Sunday School, children's classes and the 13-14 yr olds in SS. I currently teach the 6/7 yr olds and LOVE my class! They are like sponges soaking everything up. You can really tell which homes really teach their children the gospel and those who just kind of coast through being LDS. One thing that's always been at the forefront of my mind....I do NOT like being left out. I do NOT want to get to the judgment seat and find out all my friends and family made it to the highest part of heaven and I fell short. I will have no one but myself to blame for not receiving all my Father in Heaven has to offer me for eternity. All my natural man reasonings will have been for what??? Short termed happiness or instant gratification or "going along so I don't cause a scene?" Everyday, I want to live so as my favorite scripture in the Book of Mormon, in Alma chapter 5 verse 27 says: "Have ye walked keeping yourself blameless before God? Could ye say if you were called to die at this time, have ye been sufficiently humble...?" I MUST answer a resounding YES or be left out!!!

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Anjum
The temple is holier than our regular church buildings. While everyone, member or not, can attend regular church services, only worthy members can attend the temple. Only those who are actually living the commandments faithfully qualify for the temple. There is nothing SECRET, only SACRED about what goes on in a temple. So sacred that not only is it not discussed with non-members or members who can't enter the temple, but it's not discussed among those who can go in the temple when they aren't inside the temple. Before a temple is dedicated (or re-dedicated after renovations), anyone, member or not, is invited to tour the temple. The temple ordainances are designed to unite families together forever and help them return to God. Husbands and wives are sealed (married) for eternity, not just till death and their children are bound to them through that sealing as well. Baptisms for the dead are performed for those who have died without the opportunity to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ as found in 1 Corinthians 15:29. If someone has accepted the Gospel as it has been taught to them in the afterlife, they are able to progress further once their baptism and ordainances are complete. Show more Show less