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Hi I'm Hannah

I grew up in the northwest continental United States. I'm a civil engineer and a mother of two. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My current life revolves around toddlers, preschoolers, and pregnancy. I met my husband at BYU Utah. It's a good thing too, as we grew up on opposite sides of the country and wouldn't have otherwise met. My degree is in Civil Engineering and I occasionally tutor math and physics to keep that bit of my brain awake. I read avidly, especially fantasy and science fiction. I have soft spot in my heart for the BYU group that organizes a writing and speculative fiction conference once a year (Ya for Life, the Universe and Everything!). I serve in my church callings, am a member of a local non-denominational women's club and spent an inordinate amount of time watching small boys throw rocks into water.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first because it is true. Only here does the gospel stand up to, even welcome, inquiring minds. I am an engineer. I can understand that there are details that are still unknown, but what is known must make sense or it cannot be true. I was born in an active LDS family. Currently over half of my siblings and my father have left the church. In some cases this was due to clinical depression and/or encouragement of negative thought patterns. It is hard to know if looking only for the bad in all situations or the depression came first. A predilection to depression does seems to run in my father's family. I struggle with it too. I am a Mormon because when I am in tune with the Spirit I can focus on the positive. I can shrug worries away. If I stay close to my Heavenly Father, I stay on an even keel through life's swells and troughs. The difference between being in tune and out is distinct and noticeable. The steadying is a blessing from God in my life. It is a testimony to me that God is real. That He cares. That His power is real.

How I live my faith

I have mostly served in the women's and children's organizations ('Relief Society' and 'Primary' respectively). My Sunday service has consisted of teaching lessons, classes, leading singing, conducting meetings, and playing (very roughly) the piano. Most of the rest of the week I either prepare for Sunday or have some midweek activity to plan or organize.