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Hi I'm Heidi

I believe in Jesus Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up playing sports. I enjoy playing soccer and basketball, especially with my family. I have three brothers and three sisters. We love laughing together. I love baking, especially breads and desserts. I also love feeding my kids healthy foods! I am married and have four beautiful daughters. My husband and I both spent time living in Europe and we both speak German. We both graduated from college and are excited to be parents now.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both Mormons. When I was ten, I decided to read the Book of Mormon for myself. As I finished the last chapter on the night before my eleventh birthday, I came across a verse where a prophet named Moroni invites those who read the Book of Mormon to pray to find out if it is true. So when I finished the book, I knelt down by my bed and prayed. I told Heavenly Father that I felt like the Book of Mormon was a good book, but that I wanted to know if it was true. For a while I didn't get an answer. I knelt in silence and after a short period of time, I felt a warm, comforting feeling that started in my chest and seemed to go to my whole body. I later learned that I feel this same warm comforting feeling whenever the Holy Ghost is answering my prayers or prompting me to do something. I have had many occasions since that original experience that have solidified my belief that the Book of Mormon is true. Because I know the Book of Mormon to be true, I also know that Joseph Smith (the man who translated it) was a prophet of God. I also know that Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet today. I love the feeling that I have found THE church of Jesus Christ, restored to the earth for us today. Living the gospel and its teachings makes me happy, even though life isn't easy.

How I live my faith

I work with other women in my ward to serve members of our church and community who are in need. Some examples are providing meals for families who have new babies, reaching out to older people who might feel lonely, and assembling baskets full of health care/beauty supplies for women in a homeless shelter. I also live my faith in the home. I make time to read the scriptures and pray to my Heavenly Father every day. I try to forgive easily, because I know I am in need of the Savior's forgiveness. I try to see everyone as a son or daughter of God and treat them as such. I try to be a grateful person, full of love for my Savior. Mostly living my faith means repenting when I mess up.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Heidi
The Priesthood is God's power on earth through which ordinances (such as baptism) and miracles (such as healing the sick) are performed. When Christ was on the earth, he gave this authority to His apostles through the laying on of hands. The priesthood has continued to spread to righteous men in this same manner since the restoration of the church. Women always have had and will continue to have great influence in the world through the nurturing they perform in the home. As a woman I have total access to the blessings of the priesthood through my father, husband, bishop, and home teachers. Our home teachers visit my family in our home monthly and look after our well-being. Women have a great influence as leaders in the church through example. Young girls need righteous examples of Christlike women to whom they can look as they try to make good decisions in today's world. Women who are modest, caring, honest and virtuous lead these girls to Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Heidi
Our local congregation just participated in a wonderful activity providing gifts for New American families who have come as refugees to our area. None of these wonderful people are members of our church. It is so wonderful to be part of a church that does so much good for people in all the world. Show more Show less