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Hi I'm Heather

I love to read, I love to travel, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to read. I read science fiction, fantasy, young adult books, classics, graphic novels and many others. I started a book club several years ago and I enjoy disscussing books with friends. I love to travel as well. I've been around the United States, to China, Costa Rica, Mexico and to Japan four times, once as a Mormon missionary.

Why I am a Mormon

I was trying to think of all the reasons and experiences I could share to say why I am a Mormon and I think it all comes down to this: It feels right. I feel peaceful and warm when I say my prayers and read the Book of Mormon. I feel comfortable and loved when I go to church and when I learn in Sunday School. I feel safe and optimistic as I live my daily life. My parents are Mormon and I went to church with them since I was a baby. But I can honestly say I don’t have the desire to change churches or stop going to church. When I think about it and ask myself, “What would I do if I didn’t have church?” or “What would my life be like if I wasn’t a Mormon?” I can’t imagine how my life would be different. I have so many things in my life that are good, and working smoothly, and enjoyable that I don’t want to change a thing. I know all the good in my life comes from heavenly father. I know he is watching out for me and loving me.

How I live my faith

I teach the 4 year old class in the Swahili congregation. I’ve been doing this for a year now. I volunteer to help out because they don’t have enough people to have teachers for all the kids. They are sweet kids and learn quickly all the stories and songs. The lesson a few weeks ago was called “Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Love Me”. I taught that to my class. I help up pictures and I told the story of Jesus in the New Testament saying to the children “come unto me” (found in Mark 10:13–16). “13 ¶ And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.” I also told the story from the Book of Mormon of Jesus blessing the children and praying with them and crying because he was so happy. (found in 3 Nephi 17:11–21) “11 And it came to pass that he commanded that their little children should be brought. 12 So they brought their little children and set them down upon the ground round about him, and Jesus stood in the midst; and the multitude gave way till they had all been brought unto him. 13 And it came to pass that when they had all been brought, and Jesus stood in the midst, he commanded the multitude that they should kneel down upon the ground. 15 And […] he himself also knelt upon the earth; and behold he prayed unto the Father, and the things which he prayed cannot be written, and the multitude did bear record who heard him. 16 And after this manner do they bear record: The eye hath never seen, neither hath the ear heard, before, so great and marvelous things as we saw and heard Jesus speak unto the Father; 17 And no tongue can speak, neither can there be written by any man, neither can the hearts of men conceive so great and marvelous things as we both saw and heard Jesus speak; and no one can conceive of the joy which filled our souls at the time we heard him pray for us unto the Father. 18 And it came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of praying unto the Father, he arose; but so great was the joy of the multitude that they were overcome. 19 And it came to pass that Jesus spake unto them, and bade them arise. 20 And they arose from the earth, and he said unto them: Blessed are ye because of your faith. And now behold, my joy is full. 21 And when he had said these words, he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them." The children in my class all listened to the stories and looked at the pictures of Jesus with the children. Then I said how he loves all of them too. I looked each child in the eye individually and put my arm on their shoulder and said, “Godfrey, you are so energetic, Jesus would tell you, I love you.” Then the next child, “Angeline, you have such a kind smile if Jesus were here he would say I love you.” and “Edison you are such a smart boy, Jesus would tell you I love you.” And “Jessie you have such a nice singing voice, if Jesus were here he would say I love you.” I did this for all the children. They looked at me and listened as I spoke and smiled. I felt good, I felt peaceful, I felt the Holy Ghost in that moment. I knew it was true, Jesus did love them, I felt it. It was a simple basic lesson to teach them but it was something important for them to know. And it was something important for me to remember as well. I enjoyed my class that day, I enjoyed the whole day. I think it was because I felt the Holy Ghost and remembered and not just remembered but believed that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father love me, and it made everything so much smoother.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

I’ve attended Mormon Church meetings in a lot of places; all around the US, Japan, China, Costa Rica and Mexico. I didn’t understand the language spoken in all those places but I did feel welcome. And I knew what I would see when I attended. When I was an exchange student in Nagano Japan my host mother came to pick me up after church one week. She came into the building to look for me and one of the church members asked if she wanted a tour of the church. She said yes and I walked with her as he showed her around the building. We looked at the classes and offices, and the kitchen and the chapel. She said, “It looks like a school.” And we both nodded because that is true. In a lot of ways a Mormon church is like a school, in looks and interaction. In the Sunday school classes the teacher presents the topic or the scripture section for study that day. All those in the class can ask questions and make comments and discuss the topic. We get to see how each person sees what we are talking about and how it works in their life. I always feel like I learned something after I go to church. I like it. One thing I like about church is that there is a place for everyone. And it is the same in any Mormon church in any place you go. There is a class for children 12 and under called Primary: they hear scripture stories, sing songs, color pictures and intact with others their age. Teens from 13 to 18 have a Sunday school class with their age-mates and then they attend Young Women’s class or the Young Men’s class. At the same time the adults are having Sunday School together and then attending the Relief Society (for Women) or Priesthood Meeting (for men). And then we have Sacrament Meeting, which is for the whole family and you can sit together to learn and sing. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a book I love. Ancient prophets wrote down their feelings and knowledge so we could have it today. It is a record; like a journal, or a newspaper from the past. They talked with God and Christ, prayed, and taught their people. I love to read about their experiences and teachings. Many times I feel a personal connection when I read these journal entries which are wrote with sincerity and faith. When I read their stories I can empathize with them and see parallels in my own life and circumstances. I feel peace and comfort when I read it. My mind is enlightened and I learn about myself and about Jesus Christ. I know it is a book for us to read and use. Show more Show less