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Hi I'm Hannah

I'm a Wife. Daughter. Sister. Writer. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a small town girl, born in rural South Carolina and raised in a small city in Upstate New York. Between family events, education, and my husband's job, I've lived in all different parts of the country: San Antonio, Texas; Atlanta, Georgia; Los Angeles, California; and most recently, Denver, Colorado. We move every few months for my husband's job, so the list is ever-growing! My husband works in the construction field as an electrician's apprentice and I am a homemaker. We met in December of 2013 (the same month that I converted to the LDS Church) at a church Christmas activity, and were married in May of 2014. We are parents to an adorable orange kitty. My hobbies and interests are reading true-crime and non-fiction, writing, genealogy/family history work, road trips, cooking and baking, animals, and spending time with my husband.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I love the hope that the Plan of Salvation brings. The Plan of Salvation is a key doctrine in our church, that promises that God has a plan for all of His children, and that we can be saved through his forgiving graces no matter what. It also promises that through faithful diligence in following His teachings and commandments, we can be with our families for all time and eternity - long after death do us part. When I first started meeting with the missionaries, they gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon. Prior to becoming a Mormon, I was a Catholic trying out many different religions to see which one suited me the best. I loved the peace and comfort I felt when I read The Book of Mormon. I received testimony that the church and the book were true when praying about them to God. The people at the church were really kind and welcoming to me, and the missionaries were so kind in helping me and answering all my questions. About a month after I started taking lessons from the missionaries, I was baptized into the church. Since then, my life has been blessed in many ways, including making tons of friends and meeting the love of my life, who I just celebrated my one-year wedding anniversary with!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by praying and reading church materials daily, including the Book of Mormon and the Bible. I used to be a missionary for my ward, going out with the full-time missionaries and helping them teach lessons.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Hannah
We believe the Bible is complementary to the Book of Mormon, and we believe both have equal weight. Neither is more important than the other. Rather, the Book of Mormon continues upon where the Bible leaves off. The Bible tells the story of Jesus Christ in the old world - the Holy Land. The Book of Mormon tells the story of Jesus Christ in the Americas. The Bible has very important key doctrines and commandments from God. The Old Testament is full of wisdom and sacred knowledge written by the prophets of that time, and the New Testament details the life of Christ and the establishment of His original church here upon this earth. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Hannah
Joseph Smith is the first prophet of the Mormon Church, who, at the young age of 14, received revelation from God and Jesus Christ about the Book of Mormon and how Christ's true church should be reestablished here on earth. He was born in 1805 in Vermont, and had 10 brothers and sisters. There is a beautiful video that shows the story of Joseph Smith and how the church came to be, and it is incredibly moving. It's just under 20 minutes long, and it can be seen on the church's website (copy and paste the link into your browser) at: https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2008-06-01-the-restoration?lang=eng Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Hannah
This is such a great question, and yet a deep one that really makes you think. We each relate our faith in Jesus Christ to very personal experiences, habits, and beliefs. So what increases one's faith in Christ may be different for each individual person. In general, though, we can increase our faith in Jesus Christ first by praying to God through Christ's name. We can also speak to Jesus and take comfort in the fact that He loves each and every one of us. Reading our scriptures daily and attending church are also wonderful ways to increase faith. There is a wonderful scripture in the Book of Mormon, it is Alma 32:28-43. It talks about how our faith is like a little seed, but if we plant it (make the decision to increase our faith) and then nourish it (follow God's commandments, read the scriptures, go to church), it will grow! It is also amazing to look at your life and the world around you and see all the little overlooked miracles that Jesus Christ and Our Heavenly Father put in our daily lives. Did you wake up today? Are you healthy? Did you make it to and from work (or school) safely? Is there food in your fridge? Are you surrounded by a family that loves you? These are all daily miracles of Christ. Have an attitude of gratitude. What personally increases my faith the most is the Atonement. When I feel like no one else can possibly understand how I feel or what I'm going through, I know Jesus has already felt my pain when he suffered for us in the Garden of Gethsemane. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Hannah
If you know a Mormon, they will be more than excited to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ and their religion with you. We are known for being rather eager about this! If you don't know a Mormon, you can visit your local church to meet some and get to know the missionaries in your area. To find your local church, visit Mormon.org/worship. Or, you can talk to missionaries or request a visit from them by calling 1-888-537-6600 or visiting Mormon.org/missionaries. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Hannah
It is! Just like in the New Testament, when Christ performed miracles and served the people in the Middle East, He also came to the Americas and healed our sick, taught the gospel, blessed our children, and called upon 12 disciples to organize His church right here in the Americas. However, in the Bible, we see that when Christ did these things in the Middle East, it was during his physical lifetime here on earth. When He came to the Americas, it was after His resurrection, when He returned from heaven. He first went back and visited his disciples in the Holy Land, and then He came to the Americas. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Hannah
Most missionaries pay for their own missions, by working and saving money and through family contributions. Mission expenses are just that - expensive. Especially if a family has more than one missionary out in the field at a time. The money they pay goes to cover their housing, healthcare expenses, groceries, travel expenses, and more. Some missionaries who can't afford to serve a mission, entirely or in part, receive assistance through donations from their ward. (A "ward" is our word for a group of people who worship together, and it basically means the same thing as a "congregation.") Currently, there are about 84,000 LDS missionaries out in the field, worldwide. Female missionaries serve for 18 months, and male missionaries serve for 24 months. They take time out of their lives to do this, including taking time off of work, college, family, friends, and dating. Missionaries are between the ages of 18 and 25, except for senior citizens who have the opportunity to serve together with their spouse (or individually) after retirement. Missionary service is completely voluntary, and the LDS Church has missions in most countries all around the world to spread the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ! Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Hannah
The Book of Mormon is a book complementary to the Bible, that continues to tell the story of Jesus Christ after His resurrection when He visited the Americas. It is a witness and testimony of Jesus Christ as God's son, and our Savior and Redeemer. Much like the Bible, it is broken down into individual sections called "books," and each contains the writings of ancient prophets. The Book of Mormon came to be when a young boy named Joseph Smith found it written on some golden plates and, through divine assistance, translated it into the book that it now is. This story of Joseph Smith is expanded upon in other FAQs, and on Mormon.org. In the Book of Mormon, in Moroni 10:4, we are promised that those who read this book and pray about it with sincerity in their hearts can receive a testimony from God himself that the book and the church are true! At the end of the introduction to the Book of Mormon, it is written, "We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost." Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Hannah
I have been a member of the Mormon Church for about a year and a half now, and I am just now beginning to comprehend the incredible miracle that is the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Many people who have been members of the church for their entire life cannot even fully understand or comprehend this yet. That's because it was a sacrifice made by Christ that was so big, so selfless, and so truly out of unconditional love for us, that at times it can be hard to fathom. The Atonement of Jesus Christ was the act of His suffering for our sins, so that we could live! Christ's suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane is one of the most saddening stories of His life to me, but also one of my favorite because of the comfort it brings. When you are going through something, and you feel beat down, depressed, angry, or anything in between, and you feel like no one could ever possibly comprehend how you are feeling or understand you, take solace in the fact that Christ has felt the exact pain that you are feeling at that moment, and He completely knows and understands what you are going through! This helps me through so many trying times when I feel like I can't go on anymore. He felt all of our pains, heartaches, and emotions in the Garden of Gethsemane. Because of this, and because He felt the weight of our sins in that garden, He bled from every pore. The Atonement also encompasses the suffering Jesus faced when He died for us on the cross. Without this, we could never be clean and pure! Show more Show less