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Hi I'm Hank

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Just married last year, I'm a student of economics at BYU in Provo, Utah. I love rock climbing, disc golfing, reading the news and doing things in general with my wife. My motto for life is: Engage in Bold Living!

Why I am a Mormon

Both my parents are faithful Mormons and were faithful in teaching me to pray, read scripture, and do my best. I remember praying as a nine year old, telling God that I needed to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet or not. If I didn't get an answer, I would need to find something better to do with my time than go to church, etc. (the young economist in me was concerned about my opportunity costs!) I have received answers and promises in my mind and heart countless times since; I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet through my reading and studying of the Book of Mormon. It teaches and testifies of Christ and helps me be a better person whenever I read and follow its teachings. I am a very cynical and skeptical person, which is why I have such great faith in the doctrine of the LDS Church - every doubt and question I ever have had has been answered (after diligently studying, pondering, etc.). That is incredible to me, for I have had shattering doubts, yet, with patience, I always get a satisfying answer. That's a little bit of why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

This year, my wife, Micah, and I were asked to teach the 10-year old children's Sunday school class in our congregation. We have 8-10 a week and it is a challenge with simple rewards. This year's lessons come from the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. It is a challenge to help them understand such a complicated story so packed full of doctrine and principles, but amazing how they can pull principles out of it and report back with stories of good things they have done because of it.

What is the First Vision?

The Atonement, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ were, are, and ever will be the most important events for man's salvation. Christ stands alone as the only divine and perfect being, who took our sins upon Himself, who has extended his divine grace to save all mankind, and who has given us all hope for a better world and eternal life. Another important event for man's salvation (though not near the importance of Christ's doings), was Joseph Smith's experience as a 14 year old boy, commonly called the First Vision. Joseph, confused by religion, went into the woods early one Spring morning to pray. While praying for answers, God and Jesus appeared, much to Joseph's surprise. Christ invited Joseph's questions and spoke to him face to face, just as Jehovah did with Moses. Above all, the experience proved to him and all who believe his story that God still speaks to us, that God still guides us, and that God still loves us. As with other prophets, God has provided evidence that Joseph Smith was a prophet; He had Joseph translate the Book of Mormon, which teaches of Christ. I have read the Book of Mormon and the New Testament many times, and I feel and believe they are true. I know the power of prayer: God still answers our heartfelt questions. I also believe that Joseph Smith, although an imperfect person, was a true messenger of God. Above all, I know that Jesus Christ knows and loves us, and that readers of this may find out for themselves by calling upon Him. Show more Show less