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Hi I'm Heather

I love to smile. I love to be happy. I love my family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest child in my family. I have a sister 21, and two brothers 18 and 16 who think they're the greatest thing in the world. Sometimes, I tend to agree with them. I'm 23. Currently, I'm a college student, and am studying English literature with an editing minor. I love reading more than about anything. Its my favorite. I'll graduate in a few months, and the time between now and then . . . will be an adventure. And an exercise in faith. I've lived in Utah my whole life--except for the 19 months I spent in Georgia. My greatest fear in going there was that I'd come back with a Southern accent. I did, and whenever it reasserts itself now it makes my heart happy.

Why I am a Mormon

Simply, I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know its teachings are true. As I study from the Bible and the Book of Mormon I feel the Spirit confirm to me that it is true. I get a warm feeling--its like my heart starts glowing and smiling, and it reminds me that God loves me and will take care of me. I know that this is what my Heavenly Father wants me to do so that I can return to live with Him again. If God called prophets in ancient days then it makes sense that He would give us prophets today. Listening to the teachings of latter-day prophets proves to me that God does inspire these men and give them the directions we need in order to live our lives according to His will so we can have an ultimate happiness. I'm so thankful for this revelation and how it has blessed me, and helped my family.

How I live my faith

For me, it is important that I do something each day to strengthen my testimony and help others--even in simple ways. Although I'm not perfect, the time I spend reading and more importantly STUDYING the scriptures daily remind me of why I believe these things. When Christ taught that we should follow Him I try to do that to my best. I try to let the phrase "What Would Jesus Do" govern my actions so that I'm living each day in a way that would be pleasing to my Savior. I treasure the opportunity I have to talk to my Heavenly Father throughout the day. Someone once told me that she was a "Daddy's Girl" in reference to our Heavenly Father. When I pray I listen for Him to give me specific guidance and answer my questions and resolve my concerns. Prayer is more than a one-way call. Its not like we're just ordering pizza! We can talk to the one who has all the answers and is perfectly understanding. The days when my prayers and sincere and I truly desire to have the Lord's guidance are when I feel closer to the Lord and have more clarity in what I'm supposed to do that day.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Throughout all of scripture the Lord tells us to "ask and ye shall receive" or "knock and it shall be opened unto you." In order to find out the truth of anything your have to put effort into and truly desire to know it is true. For yourself. Not because you have a bet with a friend. YOU have to have a desire, and have a desire to act upon the answer you receive. That's step one. In Matthew Christ teaches that you can know prophets by their "fruits." Noah had the ark, Moses had the 10 commandments, and today we can know if Joseph Smith was a prophet and if Mormonism is true by reading from the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. When I read the Book of Mormon I feel the spirit just as I do when I read from the Bible. If the same spirit that confirms the truthfulness of the Bible is present when I read the Book of Mormon then I know that they have to be true. One of the most important things for me to remember whenever I pray to know the truth of anything is not to make my mind up before I pray. If I'm asking God for His wisdom, then I should trust Him and not myself. After praying I take a few moments to just give the Lord a chance to talk to me, paying attention to my thoughts and feelings. I know that if it worked for me, it works for everyone else too. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

I have received many blessings from reading the Bible, Book of Mormon, and the words of latter-day prophets. Oftentimes when I feel troubled or confused I know that I can find peace in these inspired words of God. It seems like no matter what there is always an answer to my question and concern, especially when I approach this scripture study prayerfully. Perhaps one of the greatest blessings of reading from the Bible and Book of Mormon is a greater relationship with my Savior and Father in Heaven. I come to know them more personally and feel of their presence in my life. I have come to recognize them as my greatest friends because of my scripture study. I know that Christ lives and that God is truly my Eternal Father who desires my happiness and success in life because of my scripture study. I have come to know that this is what God wants me to be doing at this time. Show more Show less