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Hi I'm Hannah Harper

I grew up all over the world. I'm a filmmaker, feminist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a kid I loved to read, no matter where I was, reading was my favorite activity. Now, I continue to read and I explore stories in other ways as a filmmaker and writer. I've lived in several US states, the Middle East and England. My husband is from South Africa and we love to travel and collaborate on creative projects.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in family. I cannot fathom or desire an eternity that I don't get to spend with my husband and other loved ones. The most important teaching of this church is that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can repent and be resurrected. Jesus is my loving older brother, and through his grace I can grow, repent and change. Through the Plan of Salvation, I can live forever with my family, including family members who have already passed on.

How I live my faith

I have participated in several volunteer capacities for the church. My favorite calling was teaching Sunday School lessons. I got to prepare the material about Christ and the Gospel ahead of time and present it to other members of the congregation. It was a great opportunity to research and learn for myself as well as from others and to draw closer to Christ.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Hannah Harper
Women are equal partners to men in the church but do not exercise Priesthood power in the same way that men do. Perhaps this is because a partnership must contain two different people who bring their own skill sets to the table, enhancing the overall partnership. One blessing we as women have is to create and bring life into this world. This gift is similar to the priesthood and is just as sacred. Women lead in various callings as Relief Society leaders, Primary Presidents and teachers of other Young Women. We also give talks and teach in Sacrament meeting to the entire congregation and women in certain callings act as advisers to the Bishop during ward council meetings. I know of no other church where women are encouraged, and have been encouraged from the founding of that church to play such an active and pivotal role in church goings on. In some rare cases women in the church have been looked down on or dismissed by Priesthood holders. This is wrong and is not endorsed or encouraged by church leaders and it is not how church leaders themselves behave. https://www.lds.org/church/news/elder-ballard-speaks-about-the-role-of-women-at-education-week?lang=eng Show more Show less