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Hi I'm Hannah

I grew up in Oregon. I love to play sports, teach, and laugh. I am a student, daughter, and a sister. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Hannah, but it is pronounced Haw - na. I am 21 years old and a current junior at Brigham Young University in Idaho. I am studying Elementary Education. I love to see the smiles on a young child when they finally understand what they are learning. I have taught swimming lessons and been a lifeguard since I was 15 years old. I think that is why I love working with kids, but also I think being an older sibling has helped me receive the joy of teaching. I am the second eldest of seven children. My youngest sibling is 6 years old and a pride and joy of mine. I have grown up playing sports. I played basketball for eight years and one semester here at school. I played volleyball for two years in high school. Overall, my favorite sport is waterpolo. I played it for three years in high school and one season in college. I am not what you would call amazing at it, but I love swiping the ball from an unsuspecting victim or shooting an unexpected goal from the outside. Other than sports I love to do anything I have never done before and anything outdoors. I love to read books, go on walks, and eat. I have many allergies that make me different. I am allergic to gluten, dairy, sugar, and corn among a few other things. I am not perfect and have many weaknesses, but I love life and am passionate about things I believe.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints as long as I can remember. In the Book of Mormon there is a verse to ask in prayer if this church is true. When I was nine and twelve I can remember distinctly reading this scripture and kneeling down and asking with the intent to want to know if this church is true. The first time I didn't hear or feel anything except for a quiet peace. When I was twelve I remember feeling that I have always known I know this gospel is true and to get up and serve the Lord. I knew this church was true, but until the year 2013 I never knew how much this gospel could help me get through the hard times. After 22 years of a difficult marriage my parents decided to separate. It was then when I fell a part. The situation was less than ideal. Many nights I found myself crying to sleep saying woe is me and why is this happening to me and my siblings. My mother was my hero and even when things were hard she would take care of us and help us feel the love the Savior and our Heavenly Father had for my family. I felt this love when I felt in the worst situation of my life angels were sent, I wasn't able to see them, but I know they were there protecting us. Even now looking back I am thankful for this gospel. Because of the plan of Happiness our Heavenly Father and the Savior has given us I know that if I keep an eternal perspective I can get through anything. My Savior loves me and has been through everything I have been through and knows me by name. Why am I a Mormon? I am a mormon because it helps me become the person I can become, feel the peace I need to feel, and to know that I have a loving Heavenly Father who loves me for who I am. I am a Mormon because it is helping me become the best person I can become.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being the best person I can be. I have had many experiences through my callings where I have been an instrument in God's hand. I was a instructor in one college semester for church. There I had the experience of listening to the promptings that came to me in order to give a lesson that someone of multiple sisters. These promptings have been a blessing in my life when I listen and act on them. In my life these promptings have been my guiding light. Sometimes these will be a still small voice, but other times I will have a thought or a memory pop up into my head. I have found when I act on these promptings I have been able to help someone in need. Not only in my instruction, but also in my daily life. This helps me become the best person I can be and the best person God wants me to be.