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Hi I'm Heather

I'm a quadriplegic. I'm full of joy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In 2003 I was a 19-year-old young woman who worked as an assistant manager of a movie theater while going to nursing school. I was very busy, but I enjoyed life and was excited about what the future held for me -- things like becoming a nurse, falling in love and getting married and having a family my own. On November 17, 2003, my life changed in a very drastic way. I'd just left the nursing home where I was assigned to do clinicals for nursing school. I was stopped at a red light, and when it turned green I preceded into the intersection. At that same instant a car driving the opposite direction ran a red light and smashed into my car on the driver's side. The damage happened in an instant, but it would affect me every day for the rest of my life. I sustained a broken neck at the second cervical level which meant that I could no longer breathe on my own and I would be paralyzed from the neck down for the rest of my life. My life certainly hasn't turned out the way I always hoped and dreamed it would. The life I always dreamed of is no longer attainable, but I haven't given up! I still have a very productive and fulfilling life, and I can honestly say that it's a life that is happy and full of joy. It doesn't mean that I'm not disappointed for the things that I want and can't have, but I've truly been blessed with a gift of joy.

Why I am a Mormon

For starters, I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so that's "technically" how I was introduced to the Mormon church. However, the reason I'm STILL a Mormon is a completely different thing altogether. I need the teachings of the Mormon church. I don't know how I would live my life as a quadriplegic if I didn't know who I was, why I'm here and where I'm going. If it weren't for the Mormon church and its teachings, I'm sure I would be a bitter and angry person and feel like my one shot at life had been stolen from me in a cruel twist of fate. Fortunately, I do know who I am and why I'm here and that makes all the difference. I often tell people that if they knew what I know, they could be happy like I am despite the challenges that they might face. This website is a great way how to know what I know!

How I live my faith

I currently use my voice-activated laptop to write the monthly newsletter for my ward, as well as the weekly bulletin. I've been doing this for years and I enjoy doing it because it's a way I can still serve. I'm also a visiting teacher and I've been a Relief Society teacher in the past.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

We believe that the purpose of life is to be born and receive a physical body. Our life is a test and if we live righteously one day we will be able to live with God. Not just with God, but with our families as well. Life is filled with challenges, but through these challenges we can grow closer to God and become more like Him. Show more Show less