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Hi I'm Hannah Jeanette Heninger

I'm a born and raised Californian, soon-to-be teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I attend Brigham Young University-Idaho and I love it! I'm studying Elementary Education so that I can be a school teacher. I want teach kindergarten or preschool. What most people don't know about me when they meet me is that I didn't learn how to read till I was 12 years old. I had a visual tracking problem so in other words, I would take words in a sentence and mix them up, take out a few words and/or put in a few words. The reason it took so long to discover this problem was because my teachers knew I understood the material and assumed that it would just click the next year. After years of this my mom took me to many eye doctors until we got the answer I needed. Now after 6 months of vision therapy, I can read. The reason I want to be a school teacher is because I want to help the kids just like me, who struggle with school, so they can gain an education themselves. On January 26th of 2013, I opened a letter that said "Dear Sister Heninger: You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You have been assigned to labor in the Canada Winnipeg Mission...You will report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, May 1, 2013..." My words can't honestly describe my love for my mission. I loved the people I served. I only served for 3 months because I was sick with severe anxiety on my mission. I miss Canada but, I have had many opportunities to serve and teach the people I love the Gospel at home.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m originally from Roseville, California and have been in the church my whole life. I always had stood up for what the church but never really had a true testimony for myself. I had always relied on others testimonies to act like my own. I was 14 years old and about to enter high school but I was still relying on others. I knew that I couldn’t do that forever, so I knelt down and prayed. I waited but received no answer. Weeks past and my frustration increased without receiving an answer. Girl’s camp rolled around I was not a happy camper! I had no friends in my ward, the friends I did have in my stake were always gone with their ward, and if I had to sing one more camp song I would have screamed. In our stake, we have a tradition that the parents write each girl a letter about anything. Most of the time it’s about how much they loved them or about the gospel. That specific year, my mom wrote to me a letter that explained how she felt and how she gained her testimony. She suggested to me that I should look in Joseph Smith History and read the first vision. I knelt on my knees and asked the lord to help me know the church was true. While reading the first vision, I received an overwhelming amount of warm fuzzes that I knew that the church was true.

How I live my faith

Before I left on my mission, I just thought living my faith was reading my scriptures and posting a random picture or two on Facebook of Jesus Christ. That was a good start but, I know its much more than that. We are taught in Moroni 7:46-47: "Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—...But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him." I testify that this scripture is true and is from God. I saw this type of service preformed all the time on my mission. When I served others, I was able to love the people even more and want to share the gospel. I wanted to share the joy it has brought me because I wanted them to experience that same joy. I came to love my Savior even more than I did because I was able to serve. I testify that The Book of Mormon was given to us by God. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and did translate The Book of Mormon for us today. I know this because God loves each one of us.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Hannah Jeanette Heninger
I would sincerely pray to know. Don't just do it once, you need to do it as many times as you feel needed to gain the truth. For me it took, many times of praying and reading my scriptures before I received my answer. I would also continue to not just read but study the scriptures. Lastly, I would try to live in the way where you can receive the answer at the right time and in the right place. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Hannah Jeanette Heninger
The Bible and The Book of Mormon support each other. The Bible tells of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ along with His many apostles and prophets in eastern part of the world. The Book of Mormon testifies and tells of Christ's ministry along with the ministry with His prophets in the Americas. We believe the Bible because it testifies to us that Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. That He loves us and we know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can return and live with our Heavenly Father again. Show more Show less