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Hi I'm Heather

I'm a mom, graphic artist and photographer, and feel blessed to be a Mormon.

About Me

I am the sixth of seven children and grew up with a lot of extended family living close by—grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. Some of my earliest memories are walking up to grandma and grandpa's house with my mom and hearing her say, "Isn't this a beautiful world Heavenly Father created for us!" It is from her I learned to love God and see His hand in the daily blessings and beauties that surround us. I am married to my best friend. I met my husband at a service project when we were in college on a day when we were weeding and planting flowers in our city center. Of course for that type of work I was dressed in my grubbiest clothes, and had just pulled my hair back and thrown on a hat, so he got to know me for simply who I was from the very beginning. We have been married for fourteen years now and have two children, a daughter whom we were able to have naturally and then ten years later we adopted our son. Our birth parents found us through itsaboutlove.org and we have an open adoption and wonderful relationship with them.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but like every one else I too had to find out for myself if it was true and what I really believed for myself. My first big questions started coming when I was around fifteen years old and by the time I was seventeen years old I began to find the answers I was looking for and I am continuing to learn and grow. Gospel knowledge is something that you gain "line upon line, precept upon precept." (Isaiah 28:10, Doctrine and Covenants 98:12, 2 Nephi 28:30) You gain a testimony and knowledge that something is true by study, faith, prayer, learning and practicing what you have been taught. We all make a lot of mistakes in this life, but the beauty of the atonement of Jesus Christ is that all who sincerely repent and come unto him will be forgiven, and "though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow." (Isaiah 1:18) I know that God is in the very details of our lives and that He is a God of miracles! I know that He is my Heavenly Father and that He loves us and hears and answers our all of our prayers. I know that even though He does not always give me everything I ask for, like my earthy father, He always gives me what is best for me. One of my favorite scripture passages is found in both St. Matthew 7:7-11 and again in 3 Nephi 14:7-11 7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? The Savior taught the same principles to the people in Jerusalem and on another people on a different continent as well because he loves all people and also because by "the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established." 2 Cor. 13: 1. The testimonies of prophets found in the Bible and Book of Mormon complement and testify of the other.

How I live my faith

I've learned that often it is the little things in life that matter most. The Book of Mormon it says that, "by small and simple things are great things brought to pass." Alma 37: 6 Our family starts and ends our day with prayer and scriptures. They sustain us and give us strength like food and water. Before we leave the house in the morning we pray as a family, before we eat meals we ask a blessing on the food, and then before bed we pray at night as a family. We also pray personally for the things we stand in need of and are grateful for. Every Sunday our family goes to church where we partake of the sacrament and remember our Savior Jesus Christ. On Monday nights we have family home evening where we have a fun activity, treat, spiritual thought or lesson, song and prayer. My husband and I enjoy working with the youth in our church. My husband is involved with Scouting and helps to plan camp outs, activities and meetings with motivational speakers to help and encourage teens to live good and moral lives based on faith, virtue, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works and integrity. I currently help with a weekly bulletin, and monthly newsletter for our congregation to publicize activities, current lessons and scripture study, and it also includes a getting to know you section that includes short biographies of families in our area.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

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There is a promise given in the last chapter of the Book of Mormon in Moroni 10 that gives us the pattern for finding and understanding truth in this life. 4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. 5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things. 6 And whatsoever thing is good is just and true; wherefore, nothing that is good denieth the Christ, but acknowledgeth that he is. 7 And ye may know that he is, by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I would exhort you that ye deny not the power of God; for he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever. I believe this promise and have used it as a pattern to try and understand what God would have me do. I feel we can follow the example of Joseph Smith's first prayer in discovering our own testimony of the gospel as well. He recorded his experience in his history found at the end of The Pearl of Great Price. Joseph Smith History 1: 11-17 11 I was one day reading the Epistle of James, first chapter and fifth verse, which reads: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 12 Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine. It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed wisdom from God, I did; for how to act I did not know, and unless I could get more wisdom than I then had, I would never know... 13 At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God. I at length came to the determination to “ask of God,” concluding that if he gave wisdom to them that lacked wisdom, and would give liberally, and not upbraid, I might venture. 14 So, in accordance with this, my determination to ask of God, I retired to the woods to make the attempt. It was on the morning of a beautiful, clear day, early in the spring of eighteen hundred and twenty. It was the first time in my life that I had made such an attempt, for amidst all my anxieties I had never as yet made the attempt to pray vocally. 15 After I had retired to the place where I had previously designed to go, having looked around me, and finding myself alone, I kneeled down and began to offer up the desires of my heart to God... 16 ...exerting all my powers to call upon God..., I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. 17 When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him! We do not need to see God or have experiences like Joseph Smith to know the truth for ourselves, but like him we do need to pray and ask in faith believing that we will receive an answer from God. My own personal answers have come by thoughts of inspiration to my mind that have been accompanied by a peaceful and warm feeling in my heart. My eyes often well up with emotion because of the strength of the feeling. I know that when something makes sense in my head and heart and combined with a sense of peace that the answer is right. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know it is true. I know that the Bible and Book of Mormon contain the words of God through his prophets. I know that God hears and answers each of our prayers to Him and I am profoundly grateful for the many beautiful ways the gospel has blesses my life on a daily basis. Show more Show less