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Hi I'm Hannah

I grew up on the Southern coast of California, serving in the Fort Worth Texas Mission!

About Me

I'm (currently) a full time missionary in the Fort Worth Texas mission. I love my family, writing, running, the Pacific ocean, anything that keeps me outside! I love serving full-time, it's definitely the greatest thing I've ever done.

Why I am a Mormon

There is no substitution, no matter how well presented, for Christ's love. The world cannot fabricate something so... Godly. It's just not possible. I like being happy, I don't like the darkness and confusion... I'm a Mormon because there's no other way to be THIS happy in today's world. Sure, stress can still creep in, but with prayer and scriptures and a grateful heart, you're almost invincible. Nothing but this religion has given me that level of serenity.

How I live my faith

Currently, I'm living by serving! Being a full-time missionary has given me such an up-close and personal view of the Savior's Atonement. As I see other people cling to it like a lifesaver, I think "Man, I better be doing the same thing!" Because Christ died for all of us! Not just the people that have a rougher past! Sometimes I think I live my faith by getting up everyday. Because being Mormon, to me, isn't just a religion or a belief-- to me it's my lifestyle.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

One of my favorite things about the gospel is that we actively preach and believe that God's hand is "stretched out still" towards us. God wants us to get to know him, and because of His perfect love, He has provided so many ways to get to know him! Prayer is an amazing way to talk to our Heavenly Father. It's like picking up the phone and calling one of your best friends. It's such a simple thing, ans yet it was something I struggled with in high school. As soon as I gained my testimony of prayer, however, it's something I can't stop! I love the opportunities I have to start shows, classes, days, lessons and trials with a small word of prayer! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Stereotypically large families aside, Mormon "culture" is hugely centred on the family. It's an invaluable place where gospel doctrines and principles can be taught frequently and a lot of my personal growth has come from simply talking to my mom or dad. Because we believe in staying families forever (meaning those familial bonds aren't severed by death), a lot of the things we do--and the way we do it-- are designed to strengthen the family unit. I believe that there's no worldly substitution for the care and comfort families give. My family members are my best friends and that closeness has allowed me to spiritually explore without getting hurt. I'm free to ask questions without harsh judgment and so I don't get sucked into worldly philosophies which can be extremely detrimental. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are like other women! I'd say the only difference is that Mormon women have a sure knowledge of their divine heritage; they know that they are a daughter of God. That identity--which is the identity of all women on this earth, Mormon or not-- is the most powerful attitude check I know of. When you recognize that you're a daughter of God, you act in dignity. You are kind, tender, compassionate. You see your worth and the worth of others. Now, everything I've said about women is true for men. Because, yes, we believe in equality! But equality is not the same as conformity. Let's say you have a company that makes cars. You wouldn't want a crew staffed entirely by artists. Neither would you want all engineers. You'd need both so that they can work together to create a drivable piece of art. Now, the artists understand some engineering so that they can incorporate that into their designs; the engineer knows what looks good and how to make everything fit. But they are still two separate jobs. Yet they work together for the same cause. That's how the church is run, and it's also how a successful marriage is run. See how important that is to have equalized balance? Show more Show less