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Hi I'm Hans

I grew up in Washington state, served a mission in Salt Lake and am currently a full time student of photography. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full time student studying photography. I love it! Photography has always been such an outlet for me. When I need to contemplate or relax or ponder about life, I pray and go shoot photos. I usually photograph the cities that I am in, there is so much emotion there. I hope to one day work as a photographer for the church. I returned from a full time mission about 10 months ago. Serving a mission changed my life! I found that the statement by King Benjamin (a Book of Mormon prophet) was true as I served. He said that, "...when you are in the service of your fellow beings you are only in the service of your God." I came to love total strangers in a way I had never thought possible, and it came from service. I have such a faith in Christ now, and my outlook on life now is positive and bright. I love the gospel. It has given me hope.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to two wonderful members of the church who raised me in the church and taught me the gospel. I was baptized at the age of 8, because that is the age that Latter-day Saints are baptized. That's the reason for my membership in the church, those things didn't give me a testimony of the gospel, they might have started one... but it was weak. Life happened and I grew up. I went to church still with my parents although the gospel wasn't in my heart, I hadn't gained a testimony for myself. So like a tree that has weak roots is so easily tossed about by the wind and can be uprooted, I chose to do things that were not in harmony with the gospel. When I was 18 I was faced with a choice; move away and leave the church, or change, gain a testimony of my own and serve a mission. I came to the conclusion that I should change, gain a testimony and serve a mission. I came to that conclusion when I was listening to a lesson in Sunday school about a Book of Mormon prophet named Enos. Enos' father was a prophet who he had learned the gospel from, yet he chose a different life. One day when Enos was hunting in the forest, his father's words and teachings came to his memory and he wanted that joy that his father spoke of that comes from living the gospel. So Enos prayed and asked God for a forgiveness of his sins. The way he described the prayer was as a wrestle before God, so it was a very sincere prayer. From that desire to change and give up his old ways, in answer to Enos' prayer, God told Enos that his sins were forgiven. He then had the desire to share the gospel with others. I heard that lesson and desired that same change. I prayed to God and confessed my sins, I felt such sorrow for them and such regret, I felt the weight of my sins. And then as strongly as I felt that pain, I felt joy and comfort and love, I knew I had been forgiven. I also knew that I needed to serve a mission and I wanted to so much. I knew then that God would never give up on me.

How I live my faith

Right now in college in my singles ward I am a home teacher. A home teacher is someone who visits a few families, in my case individuals, to make sure they are doing well. Me and my home teaching companion go at least once a month to visit 4 students. We share a spiritual message, and see if there is anything that we can do for them. The most important part of home teaching though is to strengthen those that we visit. To help them in anything they need and to help them stay strong in the gospel. I love home teaching because I am able to make new friends in the ward and I'm able to help others. Prayer and preparation is such a big part of it as well. It feels so good to serve!