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Hi I'm Hannah

I grew up in Southern Utah. I'm studying to be a nurse, love to run, and love to travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Throughout my most recent years, I have discovered my passion for running. It helps me deal with stress, and I love the balance it brings into my life. I ran XC and Track in high school, and now race on my own, doing anything from 5K's to marathons. Especially now that I am in college, I have found that running gives me time to reflect and relieve daily pressures. I have also found, quite recently, that I love to travel internationally. There is something so fascinating about other cultures and people. The past two summers I have volunteered with non-profit organizations in Belize and India. The connections and relationships I formed with the people there have changed my life. I hope to continue traveling and learning from other people and cultures as I pursue my nursing career.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon my whole life, along with the rest of my family, as have been generations past. When I was young I went to church and followed the teachings because that's what my parents had taught me to do. As a teenager, I remember having my own spiritual experiences, and feeling that the things I learned in church were true, so I chose to continue to do what I knew was right. Then, my senior year of high school, my testimony and beliefs, really my whole perspective, was put to the test when my brother and dad were killed in a plane crash, along with my 8 others of my dad's medical staff. Since I lived in a small town, I knew people would watch how my family and the other families involved would cope. Immediately after we got the news of the accident, I had several spiritual experiences that confirmed my testimony and beliefs. I knew that if I did my part, I would live with my earthly brother and dad again, as well as my Heavenly Father and Brother, Jesus Christ. This knowledge of the Plan of Salvation, and the power of Christ's Atonement has, has kept me going ever since. Knowing this gave me such peace and comfort, as it continues to do. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I know that through Him, I can see my loved ones again.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith in every aspect of my life. When I have a responsibility for my church, I try to do my best. This past year I had to teach Sunday School. It was a challenge to prepare lessons and get up in front of people that I felt were more qualified and knowledgeable than I, but because I had agreed to this, I kept my word and strived to do my best. I also live my faith by example. Living in Utah, I didn't have as many opportunities to talk to members not of my faith, so I tried to live my own life the way I knew I should, despite how people of the same belief were living theirs around me. Another way I am going to live my faith is by serving as a full-time missionary for my church. I am leaving behind my education, friends, and most importantly family, for 18 months, to spread the truths that I know, and help people to accept them and come unto Christ, just as I am striving to.