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Hi I'm Hans

I am a small-town kid from Utah that loves being outdoors and learning about all sorts of new things. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Hans. I grew up in a small town in Utah. For being from a small town and living a fairly sheltered life, I have actually been out and seen quite a bit of the world. It is really fun to get out and see new things and learn about different people and places. I love being outdoors doing almost anything. Hiking, four-wheeling and camping are among my favorites. There is something about being outdoors in God's creations that helps you feel a closer connection to God. It is incredible. I have a wonderful family. I am the youngest of five kids. My family is the greatest source of love, learning and support that I have in my life. I don't know what I would do without them. I also like doing hard work. That may sound weird but there is something satisfying about putting effort into something and seing a result because of your effort. I grew up learning to give service to others. This can be hard work but it is even more rewarding than putting effort into something for yourself. The examples in my life of giving service have helped define the person I am today.

Why I am a Mormon

Honestly, I am a Mormon partially because I grew up in this church. My parents brought me up to believe the things that they believe. However, I have made the choice on my own to stay faithful to the things I have been taught. I have come to know for myself that the Book of Mormon is true and because of that, everything else that we are taught as part of this religion falls into place and makes perfect sense. This religion, this gospel, everything this church teaches, has brought me so much happiness. Everything about this church, the teachings right down to the feelings I feel, make me incredibly happy. There is nothing like it anywhere else.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by studying the scriptures, attending my church meetings, finding opportunities to give service and looking for opportunities to share the joy of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. This church is not something that is meant to be kept in and only shared with a select few, it is meant for all of God's children. I also work every day to become more Christlike. I do this by studying the scriptures as well as the words of modern-day prophets and other inspired men (and women). The things that are taught by our church leaders will always guide us in the right way and lead us back to live with God again.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Hans
The LDS Church finances its operations through tithing and other contributions donated by members. Tithing is a commandment from God to give 10 percent of our increase to the Church. It is not necessarily easy to give up that much of your income, but giving that money up is definitely worth it in the end because God blesses you so much more than you could ever imagine for having the faith to follow that commandment. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Hans
The way that we come to know of the truth of what we share is by personal experience. Nobody can tell you that it is true and make you believe it. One of the key elements to finding truth of Gospel principles is prayer. You must pray to ask our Heavenly Father to let you know if something is true. This prayer should come after personal study of the scriptures and Gospel teachings. You have to ponder that principle in your heart and mind to decide if it is something you want to believe. Then comes the prayer. As you pray sincerely, our Heavenly Father will testify to your heart through the power of the Holy Ghost about the truthfulness of his Gospel. This confirmation will come through feelings of peace and comfort so you have to be sensitive, worthy and receptive to the answer you receive. Show more Show less