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Hi I'm Hannah

I am a photographer. I am a activist for female and human rights. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I just finished my first year of college working on a photography minor and sociology major. I live in Portland Oregon and love the green and lush area that I live in more than anywhere else. I love politics and following current events and enjoy keeping up with the political atmosphere of my county and world. I am a vegetarian and if I could eat ice cream for every meal I would.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the church for my entire life but membership has never been a 'give in' for me and I have consistently struggled with my faith despite having a strong community to back me up. I was not interested in being a member of my parents religion for a long time during middle school and high school, until I began to better understand the concept of personal revelation. The idea that we could each pray individually and come to a knowledge of God's power and existence for ourselves not only appealed to me, but seemed to be exactly what a loving Heavenly Father would want us to be able to do. Learning that I had the power to come to a knowledge that was purely my own and not blindly following anyone else, encouraged me to actually pray and ask these questions for myself. I still have times of struggle, where I feel alone in my ability to marry my secular beliefs with my religious knowledge. However any doubt that I have is championed by the spirit that I feel when being a active member of the church- not because my doubts go away, but because I know that the closest that I feel to my Heavenly Father, is when I am taking the sacrament or attending the temple. This knowledge gives me strength to step forward following the Lord's Church despite my struggles.

How I live my faith

Throughout my experience as a member of a church I have had the chance to serve my community and ward. I have had the privilege of working on service committees that have helped organize a large variety of events from hospital blankets to birthday cards for the people my age. Due to my unique family circumstances I have had the opportunity to serve as a unofficial missionary for a large part of my life as I speak openly about why and how the church has been important in my life. I am grateful that I have been able to express my testimony to those in my community.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are just like any other women except that they are also mormon. Mormons believe in the equality of all individuals despite race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or any other cultural barriers we may put on others in society. As the Doctrine and Covenants teaches: 'Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God'. D&C 18:10 People often misunderstand our teachings of motherhood and fatherhood as a teaching of what is acceptable for women and what is acceptable for men. We speak openly about the role of a mother and the role of a father within the home, but we primarily teach about the biggest purpose of our religion: how to be the best INDIVIDUAL we can each be- by following the Savior and His teachings. If every member of the church is the best individual they can be, they will simultaneously be the best mother or father (or sister or brother or friend or employee) that they can be. Parents pray and seek guidance as they receive revelation about what is the best way to support and raise their children. A husband and wife will prayerfully and carefully follow spiritual guidance together to know what is the right thing to do. Mormon women are not forced or pushed into the home or told that that is their only purpose or strength. Mormon women and mormon men work together to make choices that are best for their family. This is a choice of strength and of faith that makes the sacrifice that mothers and fathers make extremely personal and inspired. Show more Show less