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Hi I'm Hannah

I'm British, a trainee counsellor, and my dream is to trek in the Himalayas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in England and love it. No matter where I go, this is always home. I love to swim in the North Sea, turn up the volume listening to Seal singing 'It's a man's world' when driving down the motorway and I love to travel. Whether it's a train journey or a flight, I love to be moving. I am training to be a counsellor. I currently work with individuals who struggle with addictions. I also work as a carer and enjoy visiting people in their homes. I have had opportunities to volunteer with a variety of charities both in the UK and abroad. I feel passionate about this work and have loved visiting Ghana, Bangladesh, India and most recently Bulgaria. I have been inspired by the incredible people who have devoted their lives to helping others, and I feel in awe of what they have created. Through this work, I have been privileged to meet some of the most amazing people. Children who have been abandoned, people whose lives have been drastically changed through illness or injury, people seeking refuge, those who are homeless, and people with a range of disabilities who continue to live their lives with great hope. They have welcomed me in with the biggest smiles, love and generosity that my life has been enriched immeasurably by them. I have a passion for art, no rhythm although I am determined that one day I will dance, I wash the dishes to classical music and my dream is to visit Nepal and trek in the Himalayas.

Why I am a Mormon

My Dad's family found the church when he was 14. They were each baptized after receiving an answer to their prayers. My Mum's mother joined the church before my mum was born and so she grew up in a home where she attended church and saw my Grandma serving all her life (Even now at 90 she still works with the children at church, and there is no stopping her!) And so I grew up attending church with my parents and brothers and seeing them serve in so many ways. My life is so full of the belief that there is purpose to all of this. I believe in a Creator who understands the workings of this universe and the very details of our lives. I know that no one is excluded from being able to understand the purpose of life and what brings happiness. We only have the ask. I know that there is a source of knowledge, a source where we can find personal answers to our questions and where we can feel loved. I know that Joseph Smith was a young boy who had questions. In 1820 he went to that source in prayer and I know that the heavens were opened. My life has been immeasurably blessed because of his desire for clarity in a world of confusion, and through receiving answers to my personal prayers. When I live the teachings of this church - which are the Saviour's teachings - I feel peace. For me, there is nothing of greater value.

How I live my faith

Of course, this is a process, but I find hope in the Book of Mormon as it teaches that by small and simple things great things are brought about. I pray. I read the scriptures. I attend church. And I believe that it is by these simple things, that my faith has grown. In 2007, I served in Ireland as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is difficult for me to describe in full the effect that this has had on my life. Being so fully involved in this work, fulfilled me, invited a peace into my heart and filled me with joy. Within the church I have been able to teach the principles of our faith to the youth. I learnt so much through preparing and teaching these lessons and from their experiences. I have worked with the Young Adults in my local area organizing events and reaching out to each other. We get together regularly for gospel lessons and sports, dances, Christmas Balls, New Years celebrations, weekends away and of course...food! We always have plenty of food. At church I am currently working with the children. They are inspiring, funny and so willing to do good. I love to work with people in whatever way I can. I am currently involved with an organisation aiming to provide sanctuary for refugees as they move to the city. Most recently I have joined an Interfaith group where people of different faiths in the city meet monthly to share ideas and beliefs. Each of these opportunities have and continue to be a great blessing in my life.