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Hi I'm Hannah Nield

I live in Florida, and I've seen nesting sea turtles. I love spending time with my family, especially at the beach. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I moved to Florida, and I have loved it here. I realized that I wanted to serve a mission, so I started saving money towards it, and it's one of the best decisions I've made. I love hanging out with my family, especially outside. I especially enjoy hiking, and walking on the beach. That being said, I love sitting on the couch during a Florida rainstorm, and reading a book.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, so being a Latter Day Saint has been normal for me. Going to Activity Days, and Young Women's was just something I did, and I loved it. But when my parents got divorced, the gospel suddenly became a lot more real to me. Suddenly the comfort of the Atonement was real, and something I wanted, and my prayers were said more earnestly, sometimes desperately. I needed to know that I knew the gospel was true, and that everything promised in the scriptures was true. I also wanted my life to go back to normal, and didn't understand why this was happening to me and my family. But time and time again, Heavenly Father encouraged me to trust Him. He told me that everything was going to be okay. The scripture in Doctrine & Covenants (D&C) 121:7-8 came to my mind repeatedly, and it became my favorite. "My son, peace be unto thy soul. Thine afflictions and thine adversaries shall be but a small moment. And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exhalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes." For a 17 year old girl, this was exactly what I needed to hear. Now I can see what a difference that this gospel has made to me, and just how angry and bitter I could have become without it. The gospel offered me the stability and the support that I needed. This is why I feel like I was supposed to go on a mission. It's to help those that are searching for comfort just like I did, except I was fortunate enough to know about the Savior. I want to find those who aren't, and bring them what they're searching for.

How I live my faith

Being Mormon where I live is much different than my experiences in Utah. I was the one of the three LDS kids at my school, so it was important to be strong. My friends were understanding when I asked them to not swear when I was around, so I could feel more comfortable. I've found that if you stay strong, and simply voice your beliefs, your true friends will help you. I also try to simply love people. I try to find those around me that most others won't talk to, because, like Jesus Christ taught, they're all Heavenly Father's children, and they all deserve love and friendship. I try to listen to them, and understand where they are coming from, because I would want the same thing.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Hannah Nield
When I go to church on Sunday, I wear a dress, or a skirt. I wear my best clothes in my closet, because I'm am doing something that's not just merely casual. It's very sacred and important to me, therefore I dress up more. Mormons celebrate really any holiday that everyone else does, meaning Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and Halloween. The most important, are Easter and Christmas, since they mark the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and His birth. Show more Show less