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Hi I'm Hannah Oliekan

I was raised in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. I love plants, singing, books, ASL, and chocolate, but mostly my family and my God.

About Me

I'm a missionary. I'm an introvert. I love colors and organization. I enjoy analyzing anything from literature to people to historical events, and I love those "light-bulb moments" when something suddenly makes sense. I like card games. I like movies and laughing with my friends and family. I love getting new clothes and trying new foods. I like to be in charge and be a problem-solver. I detest spiders, peas, and dull lectures. Being away at college, I've discovered how much I miss my family, but I've also discovered courage and strength to take care of myself and do scary things by myself that I didn't know I had.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it makes sense. It's hard, but it's comfortable. I always know enough, even though there's always more to learn. I'm happy despite trials. I feel an infinite amount of love from my Heavenly Father and older brother, Jesus Christ. His Atonement brings me peace and calms my fears. I don't know how I would live each day if I didn't have such faith in an eternal existence, in forever families, or in an all-powerful Father who is willing to do anything He can to help me find eternal joy.

How I live my faith

Right now I am serving our Deaf brothers and sisters in the California Anaheim Mission. It's been such an amazing blessing to learn how to teach and communicate in sign language and to become friends with the Deaf people here. When my 18 months are up, I'll return to college at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where I attend an LDS congregation of other single young adults on Sundays. It's really a great experience to live in a place with so many other people my age who share my beliefs about God and my standards for things like clean movies, respect for one's parents, honesty, modest dressing, and the law of chastity. I read from the scriptures, the Bible and the Book of Mormon, every day. I try to keep my body healthy because it's a gift from God, but it's hard to get myself up to exercise, and I looooove chocolate ice cream... I sometimes sing in my congregation's choir as an alto, which is fun and brings the Spirit into my day. I take my education seriously, both religious and secular. I strive for the best grades I can earn, and I like to learn about my church's history, the events in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and the meaning of the Christian doctrines I condone. I am always working on some sort of self-improvement. Currently my projects are charity and physical health, since I'm not great at either one.

What is the First Vision?

Hannah Oliekan
Joseph Smith's First Vision occurred when he was fourteen and went into the forest near his home to pray. He wanted to know which church God wanted him to join, and he learned from the Bible (James 1:5) that if he lacked wisdom, he should ask God. When he did, God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph and told him not to join any of the churches. Instead, Joseph would later be directed to restore the true Church of Jesus Christ to the Earth. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Hannah Oliekan
The Mormon church sends missionaries all over the world to proselyte because we want to share our joy with as many of God's children as we can reach. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ has made me more happy and at peace than anything I've ever felt before, and I am eager to tell anyone all about it. Don't be afraid to ask any Mormon questions about the Church - most of the time, we don't find it rude or inappropriate; on the contrary, we usually welcome such curiosity, because we love opportunities to share the glorious knowledge that we have! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Hannah Oliekan
Among Mormons there is a saying that "We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly" (Articles of Faith 1:8). We love and study the Bible as much as any other devout Christian, but we believe that it is not the only scripture that exists on this Earth. God wouldn't give instruction to one nation and ignore the rest of His children. Show more Show less