Hi I'm Hannah Van Wagoner
I'm a future missionary in Buenos Aires, Argentina. My dream is to travel. I'm a Mormon.
I was born in California, but moved to Utah when I was about three. I guess you could say I've lived the typical Utah life. Yes, as one might think, it is quite sheltered, but that doesn't matter to me. I honestly have loved growing up in this environment. A place where my church friends are also my school friends. A place where I can walk to my chapel in three minutes. A place where most of my friends have the same standards as I do, even if they aren't all Mormon. A place where my regular soccer games weren't scheduled on Sunday. I love Utah and all that it has offered me. Despite my love for Utah, it is, and has always been, my greatest dream to travel the world doing humanitarian work and making a difference. I have a deep love for other cultures and people, and I want nothing more than to experience as many different kinds as I can. I am a student at BYU where I hope to major in either Elementary Education or International Relations. I am currently preparing to serve in the Argentina Buenos Aires North mission and I will be reporting March 12, 2014. Nothing brings me greater joy than to have this opportunity to share the beautiful message of the Gospel to the beautiful people of Argentina. I anxiously await my time to "stand as a witness" in Argentina.
The reason I am a Mormon is simple. I know. I know this Gospel is the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is true. I have always known, and I have had countless witnesses. I have seen the blessing this Gospel is in my life and the lives of those around me on a daily basis. My Savior has not only lifted me out, but has carried me through the most trying of times in my life. I feel God's love for me every day; there is evidence of it everywhere. I know Christ not only atoned for my sins, but suffered everything I have suffered. He knows my every pain, sorrow, joy, hardship, and thought. He knows how to succor each one of us. He died for me. He died for us all. I have no better friend than my Savior, Jesus Christ. There is nothing I love more than this Gospel and its message of hope and happiness. I am going to be a missionary because everyone deserves to know of and feel of their Heavenly Father and Savior's love for them. Everyone deserves to have the hope, happiness, and peace the Gospel brings. How grateful I am our Father in Heaven allowed His only Begotten to die for us. How grateful I am a way has been provided back to Him. I know this Gospel was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know without a doubt the Book of Mormon is true and that it can and will lead others to that same knowledge. I love this Gospel. I am a Mormon because I know it and cannot deny it.
I strive each day to live in a way that one day I can "receive [Christ's] image in [my] countenance" (Alma 5:14). I hope to live so others might come to know Him through my example. I strive my best in all that I do. While simple, I believe daily scripture study and prayer has made some of the biggest differences in my life. Over the years my love for the temple has grown immensely as I have tried my best to attend the temple every week. Along with weekly temple attendance, I also go to Church every Sunday. I have had a few church callings where I have been able to show my faith in Christ and also grow and develop as an individual. Some those callings include: being the choir pianist, a class instructor, and a visiting teacher. Everything I do is to bring me closer to Christ. I am far from perfect, but lucky for me, there is the Atonement and I don't need to be. He just expects me to try my best and follow Him. Soon I will have the opportunity to dedicate 18 months of my life to do what the Savior would do in Argentina and represent Him. And I couldn't be more excited.