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Hi I'm Hannah

I am a sibling of a child with special needs. I'm an artist, a storyteller, and an aspiring animator. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up the oldest of a family of six children. Being part of such a large group is what I believe helped me aspire to stand out. From rainbow colored braces as a child to mismatched socks in high school, I've always prided myself in my quirkiness. When I was seven years old, my mom gave birth to triplet boys. One of the triplet boys has cerebral palsy, a disability that limits the control of his muscles such that he must use a wheelchair. He has been through several surgeries and no doubt constant pain, yet he is one of the happiest people I have ever had the fortune of knowing. I constantly strive to be more like him. I love to be creative in any way I can, and this is what drives my love of art. For the past year I have studied animation at Brigham Young University, but currently I am taking a break from my education to serve as a Mormon missionary in Houston, Texas.

Why I am a Mormon

While it is true that I was born into this faith, it is not why I choose to be a Mormon. As I attended church meetings, activities, and lessons as a child, I began to develop a testimony, or a witness of the veracity of this gospel, that was individually a part of me. One specific instance that I believe created the foundation for my belief was simply while I was staring at the sky and pondering the creations of God. I remember feeling a profound thought that if God had made all these beautiful things simply so that I could enjoy them, He certainly loved me more than I could comprehend. It is this basis that I lean on as I learn of the doctrines of this church. I know that God loves us and wants nothing more than to give us every blessing He can. His purpose in creating man was that they might have joy. I believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ has given me more joy than I can express, and without it, surely my life would not be as fortunate as it is today. I'm not saying my life has been without troubles; I've certainly experienced my fair share of trials, yet, it is through this gospel that I have the strength to realize that God does all He does so that I can receive the blessings He has in store for me. And while I am not perfect, and continually make mistakes each day, it gives me great joy to know that through the Atonement of Christ, I can repent and be clean, and thus be more prepared to return to my Father in Heaven. The joy that His gospel brings me is what I wish to share as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I hope that I can help others feel that joy that comes from living as God would have us live. I know that He wants, more than anything, for each of His children to receive the blessings He has in store for them, and I hope to do all I can to be a tool to help Him.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life I have lived my faith simply by maintaining the attitude that all people are God's children. In this way, I have been motivated to serve others as I pray to see their needs and in what ways I can assist them. The church also extends various callings in which I have been blessed to serve. As a youth, I served in leadership positions among our youth group, which gave me the opportunity to notice the needs of my peers and serve them accordingly. I also have had a calling to help others with their family history: to assist them in discovering ancestors whom they had not previously know about. One of my favorite callings was to assist in an activity group for children with special needs. Each time I went to help out I always left in a better mood. Currently, I am serving as a full-time missionary for my church, and I hope that through my efforts I will be able to help others come closer to Christ. Each time I serve, I feel absolutely amazing, because it is as if I can feel the love that God has for His children. This love that I feel inspires me to continually keep serving.