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Hi I'm Heather.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I live in Southern California. We met in a graduate program in biology about 15 years ago. I'm currently working as a lawyer in Los Angeles. When we're not working, we enjoy trying new sushi places and hiking. We have eight nieces and nephews whom we love very much.

Why I am a Mormon

Despite the sorrow or disappointment in our lives, when I ponder the scriptures and pray to the Lord, my heart fills with hope. I like attending Church because most people there are trying to become more selfless and Christ-like.

How I live my faith

I help organize the teachers and lessons for the children ages 12 and under. Sometimes I get to teach, too, or play the piano while the kids sing, which is really fun.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Every young man should serve a mission, usually around age 19, although there are exceptions for individuals with health or other issues. Single women age 21 and over and retired couples may consider prayerfully whether a mission is right for them. Between college and graduate school, I served in the Japan Nagoya Mission. I loved my time in Japan. The people were warm and welcoming, even those who weren't interested in hearing about the Church. I loved learning a new language and culture. Japan is a beautiful country, and I served in mostly rural areas. One of my happiest memories is riding my bike through the rice fields in the early evening, listening to the crickets and looking at the stars. I also was grateful for the opportunity to spend 18 months concentrating on my relationship with God, and I feel that my time in Japan has had a significant impact on my spiritual life since. Show more Show less