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Hi I'm Hannah

I'm a missionary, a musician, an aspiring writer, a hardcore idealist, an avid chocolate lover, a big sister, and a Mormon. =)

About Me

I'm a college student studying Elementary Music Education. I love music and kids so I couldn't be happier with my major. Being outdoors (especially in the mountains or on the beach) makes me very happy. I love to travel! I've visited several countries and absolutely loved my experience in each one. I can't wait for future opportunities to see more of this beautiful world.

Why I am a Mormon

Some lines in my family tree have been Mormon for generations so I've been blessed with a rich heritage in this faith. Other lines in my family history converted to this gospel much more recently so I've been blessed with those stories of finding the faith as well. I was born into a home with parents who made the gospel the top priority. They raised me to love it and live it and really look at how it makes life better. They taught me the basics: when we follow our Heavenly Father's commandments we are free and happy; when we don't we are limited and sad. Our Father in Heaven loves us and wants us to be happy and safe, hence the commandments. As I've grown up and become more independent, I've seen in my own life the strength and happiness that attend me daily as I choose to follow my Savior. I'm a Mormon because I love my Savior and I want to obey His commandments because I know He loves me and wants the best, brightest, happiest future for me.

How I live my faith

Camilla Kimball, wife of the prophet Spencer W. Kimball, once said, "Never suppress a generous thought." President Thomas S. Monson, our prophet today, once said, "Never let a problem to be solved, become more important than a person to be loved." I'm trying to incorporate those truths into my personal code of behavior. Christ always had time to listen, to help, to show love, to be there for people. I'm trying to be like that. When I feel like I should call a friend and see how he's doing, I call him. When one of my roommates needs somebody to listen, I listen. When my mom needs a break, I go home and watch the kids and send her out for some personal time. When I see someone sitting alone in church, my roommates and I go sit with her. It really is all the small things that matter most.

What is being a Mormon like?

In President Gordon B. Hinckley's interview on Larry King Live, Larry King asked him, "Isn't being a Mormon hard?" President Hinckley with his characteristic jolliness answered, "No! It's wonderful!" And it really is. Sure, it can be hard to be the only one sometimes, but for the most part it's wonderful. The lifestyle choices that constitute being a Mormon are joyful, freeing choices. And even people who don't share my faith have rallied around me in support of how I live my life. I've had friends go to bat for me in asking other people to refrain from profanity around me or to provide "Mormon-kosher" drinks at parties for me. Being Mormon is an authentically joyful way to live. There's nothing fake or shallow about it. We know why we are here on earth and we try to live a manner consistent with our understanding. To me, that understanding gives me a clear perspective on life. It's empowering to know why I exist. And that knowledge gives me peace. Being a Mormon is wonderful—empowering, peaceful, and truly wonderful. Show more Show less