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Hi I'm Hannah

I'm a Systems Analyst from North Carolina. I love tutoring and bungee jumping. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In the last five years I've lived and worked in Utah, China, Texas, Washington D.C. and North Carolina. I've been a math tutor, a volunteer English teacher, a Java programmer, a web designer and a Systems Analyst. Everywhere I have gone I've worshipped with other Mormons in our local congregations and found friends and leaders who have served me and helped me live a better life. I've sat in wards in Europe, Asia and America, and everywhere I go, the Spirit and great love of the gospel is the same. I love this Church and I know it is Jesus Christ's Church established on the earth again today!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I read the Book of Mormon. I prayed to know if it was true. I have felt the power of the Holy Ghost in my heart telling me this book is true, it is a record of prophets who knew God our Father and Jesus Christ our Savior in their day. I prayed to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Again I felt the Holy Ghost touch my heart and testify to me that Joseph Smith was visited by God our Eternal Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I know that through Joseph Smith, the priesthood authority given to Jesus's apostles when he was on the earth, the authority which was lost with the Apostasy, has again been restored to the earth today. We are again led by a prophet of God. Because I know these things to be true, I have chosen to live by God's commandments. They have brought great peace and blessings in my life. I have faced trials in completing my education and in looking for a job. The gospel helped me through those trials: when faced with a seemingly impossible class schedule, or a failed interview, I often felt discouraged. As I prayed, studied the Book of Mormon and the scriptures, attended the temple and my church meetings, I found the strength to continue on. I learned things which seemed impossible and found a great job which allowed me to save up money to go on a mission. However, I know we are not always immediately blessed by God. Trials and tragedy are an unavoidable part of life. Life can seem unfair with the seemingly senseless suffering, deprivation, and cruelty which is part of our world. But I know the Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ, can comfort and heal all our wounds. I know this is Jesus Christ's Church, and He will carry us through whatever evil we may face, until we are reunited with Him and our Father in Heaven. It is my privilege to live this truth every day of my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to treat others with the love my Savior has shown me. I try to pay attention to everyone around me, whether at church, at home, at work or anywhere in my day-to-day life. I look for opportunities to serve. Sometimes these are big opportunities, such as volunteering a night a week to tutor high school students, teaching Relief Society lessons at church, or going out of my way to share my knowledge with a coworker on a difficult project. But more often they are small, such as holding the door open for someone, giving up your subway seat to someone else, approaching someone who looks lost to give directions, being polite and kind to an acquaintance who may be rude, or just talking to the person next to me and offering my friendship. All of the opportunities I've had above have blessed my life with great friends and personal peace. I know the Savior loves me and everyone that I meet. I am not always as patient and kind as I should be. When I do sin, I try to always admit my mistakes. I forgive others their mistakes because the Savior always forgives me. My goal is to always build up my friends, associates and neighbors. When I pray, the Lord is never rude or impatient with me. He always builds me up and lets me know of his love for me when I humbly ask for forgiveness and strength to love my neighbors. I am so grateful for this gospel which has the priesthood authority I need to perform the necessary ordinances to allow me to live with my Savior again.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Hannah
Of course not! This is Jesus Christ's Church. Jesus's Atonement was done for all. He loves us all. I know that God loves His children, and we are all his children. Because this is Christ's church, we serve all who we can, regardless of faith or any other factor. An example of this in my life is a tutoring program I was involved with in Washington D.C. A church member reached out to local high schools looking for students who needed tutoring. Most of these students were not Mormon. This church member organized volunteers, including me, to come tutor these students once a week at our church, providing a free dinner for both students and tutors. I also volunteered as an English teacher in China. For months, I taught children in Bengbu, China basic English as a Foreign Language. I will never forget the children I got to teach, and the love they showed me. Show more Show less