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Hi I'm Hanna Crowley

I'm a Visual Communications major at BYU-Idaho, I have a family I love, I'm about to serve a mission in England, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've grown up in Idaho since I could remember. I am from a family of five children, one boy and four girls. They mean the world to me, and I can definitely say that I'm happiest with them (even though we still have our moments). Since my parents met in choir at Ricks College, we're a musical family and were forced to sing and learn piano since we were born! But, we love it. We love to dance, play games, and laugh together. I've been going to school at Brigham Young University - Idaho and majoring in Visual Communications, which involves learning photography and graphic design & formatting. I love to finding ways to create new things and learning new skills. So, I've also involved myself with sewing, fashion, arts and crafts, and so on. And though I am not proficient by any means, but I've enjoyed improving these skills and sharing with others! I have a huge appreciation for theatre, dance, all kinds of music, art, travel, history, etc, and expect to continue to surround myself with these things. I have also made the decision to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and have been called to serve in the England Birmingham Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the good life it has given me. I have parents who I love and love me back. I have siblings who I can rely on and can also give me good advice. I have a whole ward family to continually give me support and love. I have good health and no addictions. I have a plan and a direction for who I want to be and how I'm going to get there. And even though I still have a lot of kinks to work out, I feel peace with who I am and with where I'm going. I also know that this church is true. I've read the Book of Mormon many times, and still learning something new each time. I know that it was truly translated by the power of God through Joseph Smith. And I know that the priesthood power and keys, which were on the earth with Jesus Christ and his apostles in the New Testament of the Bible, have been restored to this day and age. I know the Thomas S. Monson is a prophet on the earth today. I know that Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of all men, and that through that atonement we can be forgiven, and be given peace and comfort. I know that our Heavenly Father loves each one of us, and wants us to come back to live with Him again. This life is not easy, but I know through God it is possible and through our trials it is worth it.

How I live my faith

In my ward right now, I create the newsletter for Relief Society, the women's organization, in my ward. I include things like announcements, new sisters in the ward, birthdays, and a "recipe of the month" from a member in the ward. In the past in other wards, I've also created the ward bulletin for Sunday meetings, taught gospel doctrine for Sunday School, and was a counselor for the Relief Society presidency. I've always been a visiting teacher, which is where we go to homes of one or two sisters and visit with them. I've gotten to personally know so many women that way and have had opportunities to serve them. Up at college, there was one time that me and my companion took dinner to our girls during finals week. It was fun, and they definitely appreciated it. Having these callings and responsibilities has helped me develop better skills and traits within my life. I haven't received any kind of compensation. It's all volunteer work.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon temples? What goes on in Mormon temples?

Hanna Crowley
The blessings of the temple are for everyone. But to receive those blessings, every person has to take certain steps to get there. There are certain qualifications, one being baptism. Baptism is important because it's a covenant or promise with God. Once we enter into the temple, we continue to make covenants with God. We should only make covenants if we intend to keep them. ("For of him unto whom much is given much is required; and he who sins against the greater light shall receive the greater condemnation." Doctrine & Covenants 82:3). Each of us have to decide for ourselves if we are willing to keep the commandments of God, keep our promises, and live our lives worthily so we can be in his presence. The temple is dedicated to the Lord and is called the House of the Lord. It is very sacred. If just anyone could go in it, we wouldn't have the opportunity to personally ask ourselves if we are worthy to be in the Lord's presence. It wouldn't be special, or sacred. It would just be another common place. This is also why we don't speak of it causally or lightly. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Hanna Crowley
My biggest reason for being there is a God is because of the immense joy, peace, and love I have felt in my life, especially in my times of need. I also can't help but why we have advanced so much out of all the mammals and creatures on the earth? We create clothes, build buildings, drive cars, fly in airplanes, talk on cellular phones, use satellites, go into space, and so on. And why do we have the families, feelings, and memories we have? Do we have all of this for nothing? So we can die and have nothing? That seems like such a waste to me. Therefore, I have to believe there more to life, that I will be with my family forever, and that there is a God. Show more Show less