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Hi I'm Meredith Hanna

I am a college student studying Art History and French. I love big cities and discovery. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born the oldest of seven children. As you might have already guessed, life was chaotic, but a lot of fun! My parents both served LDS missions in France and New Caledonia, so I grew up speaking mainly French at home. For this reason I am studying French in college along with Art History. I have been playing the violin for 11 years now, and I love classical music, orchestras, and all the various performing arts. I love traveling! I love learning about new cultures, their languages, traditions, cuisine, and ways of life. Until I was 15 my most passionate ambition was to become a fashion designer. My ambitions have changed, but I still unabashedly love fashion. I'm planning on becoming a teacher.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, I didn't like being considered different, so I didn't like being Mormon. It made me feel separate from my peers, and I didn't talk about it for fear of being made fun of. When people asked me where I went to church, I lied and made up another church. I knew that the things we did as Mormons, like not drinking alcohol and coffee and going to church every Sunday, were not normal. As a teenager, I went to church, but like many teenagers I felt inadequate, lonely, and hopeless. One of my church leaders during this time challenged all of the youth in our ward to read the Book of Mormon. What did I have to lose? I started reading every day. The peace and strength I felt daily helped me see myself as something other than gawky and bizarre. I saw myself as a child of God, and I knew that through Him I could become something great. I had always loved my family, but I started showing them more, and I felt closer to them. I began to love the church and saw its standards as a blessing, and I was no longer ashamed to share my beliefs.Through the teachings of Christ and His living prophets, I learn how to help others and to show charity to them. I'm a Mormon because the teachings of this gospel bless individuals and families.

How I live my faith

In my ward of mainly students I am a greeter, which is someone who greets people and hands them programs that outline the service. Meeting new people and making them feel welcome is a wonderful aspect of this role in my ward. As with all women in the church, I visit teach other women. Every month my visiting teaching companion and I visit with two other women in our ward, sharing a spiritual thought and making sure everything is going well in their lives. We try to be their friends and lift them up. My life has been profoundly blessed by visiting teaching, both in the giving of this service and the receiving of it.