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Hi I'm Hannah

I grew up in the metro Washington DC area. I love teaching people how to swim. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a second year student at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah studying pre-nursing. I love studying the human body and learning how to care for others and appreciate the opportunities that nursing will give me to support myself and hopefully a future family. I've always loved to swim! I've been on various swim teams for the past 13 years and while I've never been the very fastest, it's a great way to stay in shape and gives me a wonderful community of people that share my interest. For the past several years I have given swim lessons, coached the younger kids on the team, and even lifeguarded and pool operated at my neighborhood pool. It's a happy, safe place for me that I enjoy spending so much of my time at, socializing, working and practicing. At school I try to get as many of my friends into swimming with me as possible so I can keep it up and spread the love! I have an awesome set of parents and three little sisters. We don't always get along or anything like that, but we love each other and keep in close contact while I'm away at school. We love to sing and play piano together because we're musical nerds and even though it hasn't always been easy with all of them I'm grateful for them all the same.

Why I am a Mormon

I love this gospel and what it means. I went through some hard times in which I felt totally alone, as if there was no one that could really help or understand me. The classic middle school/teenager issues. But the fact that they are unfortunately common doesn't make them any easier to handle. In those times, often the only comfort I could find was in going to the temple or even just saying my prayers and reading the scriptures each night. I particularly loved the promise in 1 Nephi 21: 15 "Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee, O house of Israel," and still do. I have felt that love, that intimate presence in the darkest times of my life time and time again even when I felt that I couldn't possibly deserve such love and compassion. The reassurance is powerful and consistent and as I strive to live my faith more perfectly I can feel that spirit and that love more and more. The peace that comes from building that kind of connection with my Heavenly Father is one major part of why I stand by my faith and I hope that others can find it as well.

How I live my faith

For the past year I've had a variety of teaching callings at church. I taught the adult New Testament class until a few months ago and since then taught the youth sunday school classes in my home ward. I particularly loved working with the youth because I remember being in high school very recently and know how hard that can be sometimes, so I like to be close with them, hear about what they're struggling with specifically in their lives, and teach a lesson I may have found helpful in that time of my life. I think it helps that I was in a similar position so recently because I can remember more freshly what it was like. I definitely put a lot of effort into those lessons. I want to be the best resource possible for them.