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Hi I'm Hannah

I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. I'm an athlete and a Lord of the Rings finatic. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a college student, it’s sometimes hard to balance my crazy schedule. Whenever I have time, I like to play soccer, ultimate Frisbee, or go rock climbing. I just love being active and involved! Whether that means camping, hiking, or playing sports I want a part of it! I am currently enrolled in many classes here at college that challenge me and take up a lot of my time. I love learning, though, and I try to think of school as an opportunity to learn…rather than just a challenge to get an A. I love music! Music helps me get through everything, and my mood affects what I want to listen to. My go-to lately is country music. I love nature and just relaxing, so country music is a perfect match for me. I like all types of music, though, whether it is rock, alternative, or even classical (while I'm doing homework). You may not guess it by simply talking to me, but I am an avid fantasy nerd. Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Harry Potter—the whole lot. I love the beautiful wonders and nature of this world, and I love the exciting stories of the imagined worlds! I pride myself in my ability to quote the majority of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy (extended edition, of course!). I recently changed my major to Special Education, and I can't wait to get started! I love the idea of working in a career where I can help people every day. I feel so much better about my life when I am serving others, because then I am living for more than just myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a family where both parents were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My mom and dad were about twenty years old when they joined the church, and they loved raising their children with the knowledge they didn't have for so long. I've always known that there is a God and that He is our Heavenly Father. I knew that Christ truly did come to earth, was killed, and was resurrected. It took me some time, however, to understand what this knowledge really meant to me. I knew without a doubt that God was there and He loved me, that Christ came to earth to die for us, and that the Book of Mormon brought me peace. But I wanted to know more. In my early teenage years, I realized that I wanted to know for myself that what I was living was true. So, I prayed. I didn't receive a sudden or miraculous answer. Instead, I continued to pray and search for the answer. Gradually, experiences began to pile up on each other. I thought about how I felt when I read the Book of Mormon. I felt such peace and comfort from the words there, and it helped me better understand the doctrine of Christ as is taught in the Bible. I thought about church. I felt happy there, and I felt closer to God than I did in any other place. I thought about my Heavenly Father. I knew he loved me, and that He answered prayers. Because I knew that, I knew that He loved all of His children and wants them to return to Him. Over the last few years, I have developed a more firm knowledge that this is truly His church and that I am where I need to be. I have seen God's hand in my life so many times that I cannot deny His existence nor His love for His children. There are very few things that I feel peace about in this life, but this church is the source of so much peace and joy in my life. I know that it is truly Christ's restored church.

How I live my faith

Every Sunday I attend church for three hours. Yes, three! I know it sounds crazy, but the time actually flies by. I enjoy being there and learning about God and our Savior Jesus Christ and all that they've done for me and our world. Church is a time where I get to feel God's love for me and all of His children as we sing, teach, and learn about him. After church, I sing in the church choir. Admittedly, there are days when all I can think about after church is the moment when I get to go home and raid the fridge. When I sing with the choir, though, my heart is so full I hardly notice my stomach's emptiness. The songs we sing are so beautiful because of the words that praise God and the feeling of peace and love we feel as we sing. What about the other days of the week, though? I try each day to make a special effort to be aware of all the blessings God has given me and to notice His hand in my life. I pray each day, thanking Him for His help and love and to ask for His assistance. I've felt God's love for me each day as He answers my prayers, even if they are about trivial things. What matters to me, matters to my Heavenly Father, because He loves me.