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Hi I'm Heather.

I am studying to be a high school history teacher. I played and now coach high school girls lacrosse. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student working toward a bachelors degree in history education. I love learning about people in the past and how they handled the changes in their lives. I am also very interested in current events and how today's generations are applying their personal beliefs and worldviews to shape the future of mankind. One of my passions is working with teenagers. I have had the chance to teach math at an alternative high school, to coach my former high school lacrosse team, and to work as staff at a group home for girls. I am now taking 18 months out of my life to serve as a full-time missionary for the church in the Korea Seoul Mission. I'm excited for the chance to share God's love and doctrine with the people of Korea.

Why I am a Mormon

Being raised in the Church, I can't pinpoint any one experience that converted me. Instead it has been a life-long journey as I have felt the Holy Spirit bear witness to me, over and over again. The songs we sang as children taught me a love and reverence for Jesus Christ. The words of the prophets in the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible taught me examples of faith, charity, integrity, and courage. Mostly though, my faith comes from the love I feel from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. That I could never deny. I know that Heavenly Father sent me to Earth to work out my salvation and to aid others in that same cause. I know that as a part of that cause Jesus Christ offered himself a sacrifice for my sins and short-comings. I am so grateful for such divine love.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by obeying God's commandments. It would be so much easier to live on my own selfish agenda, but whenever I bring my will in-line with God's I feel His peace in my life, and sometimes, miracles happen. Relationships are healed. My weaknesses become strengths. Grief and loss are swallowed up in the Atonement. Specifically I live my faith by reading the scriptures, praying for guidance, and trying to act on the guidance that comes. I keep myself clean by not using any drugs or alcohol and being careful with the movies I watch and the music I listen to. I am striving to get an education and develop the talents God has given me. Bottom line, though, I feel the best expression of faith is to learn to love all of God's children, no matter how different you may be, and to make that love real by connecting with them, supporting them in their needs, and sharing God's love with them. I firmly believe that living our faith means bringing people together in support, not dividing them.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

This is one of the most basic truths that we as humans need to know. Is there a God? Yes! Yes there is! How do I know this? Because I feel His love. Just like I feel love from my very real friends and family, I feel the love of a very real God. Sometimes we question God's existence because life is hard, sometimes very hard. That does not make him any less real. If we turn to Him during the hard times, He strengthens us to handle the hard things that don't just go away. How did I get to feeling His love? Prayer. Once while on a youth trip at Lake Powell I was by myself, looking at a beautiful dark sky full of stars, praying to God. I felt very small in comparison to the night sky, but then I was overwhelmed with a feeling of God's love, just like that. In high school when I would get stressed out about things that now seem silly, I would drive in my car and pray. My car became my own special place to pray. So many times a subtle peace would enter my heart and fill me with love, just like that. Then one night in college, I thought I was going to lose my best friend, that he was going to die. I stayed up all night praying. This was no longer the simple prayer of a kid, but an intense pleading that this crisis would pass. I was once again filled with God's love but it was so intense that it provided me the strength to see the crisis through, just like that. That is how I know there is a God. That kind of powerful love comes someone, a very real Father in Heaven. Show more Show less