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Hi I'm Hannah

I'm 21. I love my family more than anything. Art is my biggest passion. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah. I have the best family I could ever ask for. I live with my mom and dad who have been blissfully married since 1986. I have 3 sisters. One older, two younger.I loved high school and was involved in a lot of extracurriculars to keep me busy. I had early morning seminary, I was on the swim team, I wrote for and was head photographer on the journalism and yearbook staffs, I was editor-in-chief of the Literary Magazine staff, I took a few AP classes, and was heavily involved in art. My days would start at 6 am for seminary and I would often times be at the school until dinner time. After I graduated in 2010, I started at the community college. I attended for 2 years until I received my Associates Degree in General Studies in May of 2012. Soon after I graduated, I began my mission papers. I got my call the day before Thanksgiving of 2012. I am called to serve in the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission and I leave on March 6th of 2013. Since January of 2012 I've been on the institute council. That has been one of the biggest blessings of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this Church. I always knew the church was true, mostly because people told me it was. I relied on their testimonies. Sometimes it's said that shouldn't be the case, we need to form our own testimonies. That is true, but without the testimonies of others, I wouldn't have been able to get my own. Let me be the first to tell you it's ok to rely on someone else's testimony while yours gains the strength to stand on it's own! Mine became strong enough to stand on it's own through attending seminary, and church, institute, and in my own scripture study. And a testimony comes in the bearing of it, SO BEAR YOUR TESTIMONY! It's hard and a little bit nerve wracking at times, but guess what? Heavenly Father blesses you for it. You don't need to know everything to have a testimony. For me, my testimony is based on feelings I get when I hear the truth being spoken. Those feelings are the Spirit testifying to me of truth. I can't deny the things I've felt and the countless prayers that have been answered. I know that all this is possible through Jesus Christ and his atonement and love for all of us. I know that Joseph Smith restored the Gospel on the earth today. I know that President Monson is truly called of God to be our prophet. There is no greater joy I can think of than being a member of this Church. Everything else falls into place when we are righteous and do our best to be our best selves.

How I live my faith

Seminary began the building blocks of my testimony. I admit, being a teenager turned on some kind of rebellion in me my sophomore and junior years in high school, so I didn't always like going. But I went anyway, and without realizing it, it strengthened my testimony and gave me what I needed to get through the challenge of high school. The second I graduated high school I was called to teach in the primary. I taught the 6-8 year olds for 2 and a half years. Those kids have the sweetest spirits, love learning, and say the best prayers! I think I learned more TEACHING primary than I ever learned while I was IN primary. Funny how that works. I joined the institute council on the college campus I attended in January of 2012. Even though I had already completed a year and a half of college by that point, I had never taken an institute class. I have no excuses! I think of how much better that year and half would have gone if I had taken institute. But, better late than never, right? I jumped right in when I finally got around to institute. I show up for one class, and before I know I had sat through 3 other classes. I was hooked! Heavenly Father was nice enough to let me join the institute council where I've made some of my dearest friends, have been able to get amazing speakers for our weekly devotionals, and come out of my shell. I am probably the world's biggest advocate for institute. It changed my life! It got me to where I am today: about to serve a mission! Here's a shortened version of the story. I was encouraged by a friend who was in the MTC at the time to think about serving. I read that letter and BAM! My heart was pierced, the spirit spoke to me in an unmistakeable way. I was to serve a mission. I didn't believe it, I asked Heavenly Father so many times if that was what I should do. I got more confirmations than I deserved. Here I am today, just days away from entering the MTC. Albuquerque, here I come!

Are Mormons Christians?

Hannah
The book of Alma addresses this very question. Captain Moroni and Helaman are a dynamic duo in this section of the Book of Mormon. In chapter 46 verse 15 it says: "And those who did belong to the church were faithful; yea, all those who were true believers in Christ took upon them, gladly, the name of Christ, or Christians as they were called, because of their belief in Christ who should come." We believe in Christ, we are indeed Christians. Show more Show less