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Hi I'm Hannah

I'm a medic. I play the violin. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Hannah. I am an Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate (EMT-I) and I love to volunteer at the local rescue squad. I am also a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA I) and work at a hospital. I am 21 years old and am in my fourth year at college. I am studying Spanish, and am on my way to becoming fluent. I love health care and aspire to be a nurse practitioner one day. My goal with learning Spanish is to be able to reach out to more people. I spent a month in Guatemala for a medical service trip, and I loved it there. I love serving others. I also enjoy all kinds of music and playing the violin.

Why I am a Mormon

When people first meet me, they notice one thing- I always smile. You may wonder, how in the world do I always keep a smile on my face? But my question to you is, how can I not smile when I know that I have a caring Heavenly Father that loves me so much? A Heavenly Father that has a plan for us, His children, so that we may live our lives the right way- the happiest way? I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes referred to as a "Mormon", because I know that it is God's church. Every day that truth is manifested to me through its teachings. Every time I attend church, every time I read the scriptures, every time that I hear Thomas S. Monson (the prophet and president of the Church) and other church leaders speak, I feel and know God even more. I am motivated to become a better person. I feel so uplifted and joyful. I know that when I pray, God listens. I know that, when I keep His commandments, I can grow closer to Him. When I make mistakes, I can repent and be forgiven. God has a plan for me, and all of us- His children. He loves us so much and wants us to gain salvation. But, it may not always be easy. In a world that teaches immorality at every turn, I know that I can find a refuge at church. I know that I can be taught to become more like Christ. Through the teachings of the church, there is a peace and comfort knowing that there is life after death, families can be together forever, and so much more. This is so important to me, because I love my family dearly. I encourage you to learn more about this wonderful church- I have found the truth, and so can you. God loves you. Always remember that.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying my hardest to become like our perfect Savior, Jesus Christ. Though I am nowhere near perfect, I try to look to His example and try to improve myself daily. I pray to a loving Heavenly Father that I know is listening. I read and study the scriptures- including the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon- and feel of the Holy Spirit. I always try to treat others with kindness & respect and serve others. I am also very involved in the Church. In one of the church groups at the university, I am the leader of the women's service group, called the Relief Society. We meet each Sunday after Sunday School. I work to ensure that each sister knows that she is loved and supported. I, along with other leaders in the group, help teach the sisters about the Gospel. Being able to serve this group of wonderful women has been such a huge blessing in my life. I feel and know of the love that the Savior has for us, because of the service opportunities given to me.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Hannah
I'm going to answer the second/third question first- yes! Please join us for church service. You are always welcome. Just search for a local meeting time at www.mormon.org or, if you know me personally, you are welcome to come with me! Our typical church service has three meetings that last about an hour each. One meeting is called "Sacrament Meeting." During Sacrament meeting, we pray, sing hymns, listen to other members speak about the Gospel, and most importantly, partake of the sacrament. The sacrament is similar to communion. We partake of bread and water, aligned with Christ's teachings in Matthew 2626-29. We partake of it as a promise to always remember Jesus Christ and to repent and keep God's commandments. For the other two meetings, I think the official church answer explains it best "Visitors are also welcome to attend other Sunday meetings that precede or follow sacrament meeting * Sunday School classes are offered for each age group, beginning with 12 year olds. * Primary meetings consist of a group service and age-oriented classes for children 3 through 11 years of age. * A nursery is available for young children, ages 18 months to 3 years. * Young Women meetings provide classes for those 12 through 17 years of age. * Relief Society meeting is for women, ages 18 years and older. * Priesthood meetings provide age-oriented classes for males 12 years and older." Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Hannah
In addition to the Bible, we believe in the Book of Mormon- another testament of Jesus Christ. Because of that, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are commonly nicknamed "Mormons." No, we do not worship Mormon. We believe in and worship only Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. While reading the Book of Mormon, I have grown closer to God. It really does teach principles of the Gospel and helps me become that person God wants me to be. I encourage you to learn more about it, and to read it. It has definitely changed my life for the better. Show more Show less