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Hi I'm Hannah

I'm a biology student, an athlete and a musician as well as a Mormon.

About Me

My parents have been divorced for as long as I can remember, so I've never experienced living in a two parent household. But I never felt like I was missing out. My parents worked very hard at making sure my brother and I knew we were very loved. I had 2 Christmases every year. I was lucky enough to live in the same town as all of my aunts and uncles and cousins, so I always had a playmate and a friend. I played basketball and volleyball all through high-school, and my senior year my volleyball team won 5th place at provincials. My mom is a piano teacher, so I studied piano and continue to love to play. My paternal grandfather was an accomplished fiddle player, so when I was 7 my dad enrolled me in violin lessons. Music has been a large and important part of my life. After high-school, I moved to a different province in order to attend university. I took every different kind of class I could think of in order to decide what I wanted to study. Classes like history, biology, chemistry, library science, computer science, anthropology, archaeology, sociology, math, english and geography. I settled on biology, specifically marine. Since I was in a land-locked province, this decision meant I was going to change schools. So I moved to the west coast, fought with US immigration in order to attain permanent residency, and began a new life. I am currently in my senior year and trying to decide what to do with myself when I graduate.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints my whole life, and for that I'm profoundly grateful. I've known my entire life that I have heavenly parents and a Saviour who love me and have done everything needed to ensure that I will achieve salvation. This knowledge has given me incredible comfort and peace in the times when I feel like everything I do seems to achieve nothing. I love feeling the Spirit in my life, and the assurance He gives me that this gospel is true, and that even though I may feel unsuccessful and small and insignificant, I am actually a daughter of God. This single piece of knowledge has given me the strength to move forward. As I grew older and continued to learn this, I realized that God feels this way for everyone, and that His plan will save everyone. I love my Saviour and know that I have a part in His plan and this brings me the greatest joy possible.

How I live my faith

Being a member of this church requires more than just knowing that my Saviour lives. I must try to become like Him. I strive to do this by study and service. In my congregation I hold 3 callings, that of the ward organist, the choir pianist, and the family history Sunday school teacher. Every Sunday I get to use the talents that I have been blessed with in order to serve those people who are around me. First by trying to create an atmosphere appropriate for worship through the music that I play, and then by teaching about the importance of finding those people who have gone before us and why we perform ordinances for the dead in the temple. Throughout the week I study the scriptures so that I may continually learn more about my Saviour and the type of person that I am meant to become.