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Hi I'm Hannah

I'm a college student. I love grammar and classic literature. I am a treky, whovian, and drama geek. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love reading, writing, eating, sleeping, skiing, sewing, singing, acting, learning, and other noble pursuits. I'm also obsessed with Dr. Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, and The Lord of the Rings. I like to pretend I know how to dance and I randomly burst out into song on a daily basis (so yeah, drama geek). I grew up with three brothers and I love them more than anything. I had a crazy childhood filled with watching Pokemon, quoting Dragon Ball Z, catching snakes, listening to classic rock music, sword fighting in the back yard, and playing boys versus girl. My parents are wonderful people. My dad taught me how to ski and we love finding secret trails in the back country and maneuvering moguls. My mom taught me how to sing and we've sung a few duets as well as every Broadway album we've ever owned in the car. When I was fourteen, I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. A year later I was diagnosed with epilepsy. The Lord has been there for me every step of the way, and with His help, I have been able to get my medical issues under control. I am currently in college at Brigham Young University as an English major and double-minoring in editing and creative writing. In the future I want to go into publishing. Ideally, I want to be a novelist, but I am also interested in becoming an editor, publisher, or literary agent. I want to change people's lives the way my favorite authors have changed mine.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was twelve years old, my oldest brother decided to leave the church. At first I was confused and couldn't understand why. My whole life everyone had told me that "the church is true," "the church is true," and here he was saying that it wasn't. So I read my scriptures and decided to pray to the Lord and ask Him whether or not this church is His true church restored to the Earth. After I prayed I felt this overwhelming feeling of love and peace and a thought popped into my head saying "you already know." Then I realized that I did know. All those people who told me "the church is true" were right. I had felt the Spirit and God's love all along; every time I went to church, every time my parents lived the gospel righteously and bore their testimonies to me, and every time I read the scriptures and prayed. I still feel that feeling today and it's a feeling beyond comprehension. I could write odes and songs to the Lord, but nothing could correctly describe the amount of joy I receive when I follow the Lord and His commandments. I know that God is real and that He loves all of His children. I know that Jesus Christ atoned for my sins and died so that I could live with my Heavenly Father again someday. I know that families are forever and when I die, I will see my family again. I know that God speaks to us and that He answers our prayers. I know that the Book of Mormon is a true book, as true as the Bible, and that anyone can know of its truthfulness if they pray and read it for themselves. God is amazing. I don't know where I would be without Him. And that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In the past I have run fundraisers for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, volunteered at my local library, and earned my Young Women's Medallion and Honor Bee (this is a special award/program sponsored by our church to help girls excel, similar to the scouting program). When I turned 19, I served as a missionary for my church in Virginia and North Carolina. I left my family, friends, fandoms, and education for 18 months so that I could serve the Lord. It was an amazing experience and I would never change it for anything. As a missionary I had the opportunity to serve and invite others to come unto Christ to feel of the love, comfort, and guidance that God has given me through-out my life. Right now I teach one of the classes in my local ward every few Sundays. I didn't choose to become a gospel doctrine teacher, but when my bishop asked me to do it, I accepted. It takes time to prepare my lessons, but I learn so much as I do so. Another thing I do is called visiting teaching. I visit a couple women in my ward at least once a month and help them with their needs. I also go to the LDS temple on a weekly basis to do baptisms for the dead, a means for my ancestors to receive the gospel and be baptized.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Hannah
The only way to find the truth is to ask. If you sincerely desire to know the truth, then pray and ask the Lord for yourself. I know He will answer your prayer. Sometimes the answers to our prayers don't come the way we expect them to. I've known people who fell away because God didn't appear to them or send a thundering voice from heaven, but the Lord's ways are much simpler than that. After keeping the commandments, reading my scriptures, and thinking about all the things I had been taught, I knelt down on my knees and asked the Lord whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is truly God's church restored to the Earth. Immediately following my prayer, I felt this overwhelming feeling of joy, as if someone were hugging me, and then a thought popped into my head saying "you already know." Then I realized that I did know. I had been feeling that loving comfort of the Spirit as I read my scriptures, attended my church meetings, and lived the gospel. I know that God loves all of His children and because He loves us, He will answer our questions, we just have to do our part so that we can hear the answers. Show more Show less