Hi I'm Heather
I grew up in Northern California in the middle of pretty much nowhere. Nowhere suited me fine and I had a happy childhood full of fun exploring the outdoors and nature. I love gardening and beautifying the outdoors. I love to cook healthy using fruits and vegetables that we grow in our backyard. I love music. I play the piano and teach and compose music. I graduated from college with my Masters in Physics, with an emphasis in Acoustics. I am married to the most wonderful man in the world and we have 2 very active little boys.
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up in the Mormon church. I had wonderful parents that taught me the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I gained my testimony little by little over a series of several years. I can't pin point the exact day or time that I gained a testimony, it seems like I always knew. The truths that I was taught were familiar to me, they resonated deep down and became a part of who I was. Through the years as I matured, I came to know more and more that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the true church on this earth. I came to know that the Book of Mormon is a true book, restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I began to understand the process of revelation and came to know that we have living prophets on the earth today who lead and guide the church. I came to understand that the Savior Jesus Christ is the head of the church. I know that He lives! He loves us and He wants all of us to return to live with our Father in Heaven again. That's my goal and that's why I'm a Mormon.
Think about your everyday activities. What are things you act upon each day where you cannot see the end results? How does faith move you to action?
Most of the activities I do every day as a mother do not have immediate payoffs. I change diapers, read stories, put on bandaids and wipe tears. I settle differences, cook meals, and clean and organize the house. The daily tasks are mundane and repetitious. They often go unnoticed and unappreciated. I have to exercise faith every day that what I am doing is important in my family and that I will see results. One of my favorite paintings is of a mother with a baby on her back and little child in front of her. She is holding a seed and placing it in the older child's hand. The painting is called, "Seed of Faith." The reason I love this painting is because it reminds me that I what I do every day with my children is worth it. I have to remember that I am planting seeds of faith in my children, one seed at a time. I nourish the seeds every day through encouragement, praise and love. I have faith that someday the seeds that I plant will grow into strong and valiant testimonies.
How I live my faith
The Mormon church requires a lot of it's members, all in an effort to help us to grow and develop into the people that we need to become. Each day we have family prayer morning and evening. We read the scriptures together as a family every night. Every Monday evening we hold family home evening where we have lessons, do activities & special numbers, schedule our week together and of course have treats. These family activities help our family grow closer together and give us the opportunity to teach our children the truths of the gospel. Sundays we attend a 3-hour block of church. There is a group meeting that we attend together and then we separate into classes. I work with the children in primary teaching them songs every week. In our church we have an amazing program that allows us to take care of each person in the church. Every month I visit three women and make sure that they are doing well. I call them throughout the month and check on them to see if they need help in any way. When they are sick, I will bring them a meal or offer to watch their children. Other women do the same for me. In this way, we are all watching out for each other and taking care of one another. Our faith is all about becoming like our Savior Jesus Christ. We try to pattern our lives after His example. We try to serve our fellow men and be good neighbors and good citizens of the countries that we live in.