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Hi I'm Heath

I am a husband to my beautiful wife, I am an adventurer, convert, veteran, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I recently finished my degree in Middle Eastern Studies/Arabic, where I obtained a deeper understanding about people who are different than myself. The reason I choose this particular field of study emerged out of my desire to cultivate love for the Arab people. Before school, I served four and half years in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman assigned to a Marine Corps infantry unit. I enjoy spending time with my wife, trying new foods, studying Arabic, and traveling.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in Texas, I was surrounded by individuals of various faiths. My family attended a non-denominational church. During this time, I learned about Christ, but I could not understand the basic points of doctrine preach about every Sunday. As I grew older, I stopped attending church. When I was fourteen years of age, one day, the most devastating event occurred, my parents divorced. This event left me broken and shattered inside, as the stability of my life seemed to take a downward spiral. From that point on, the destitution of anger consumed my life. I felt that happiness was a figment of my imagination. Once I reached the age of eighteen, I enlisted in the United States Navy to find something out in the world that would bring peace to my soul. However, peace continued to evade my soul, for loneliness anguished the very fiber of my being. In February of 2002, another tragedy beset my life. My closet friend, cousin, and confidant, Josh was killed in a car accident in Eastern Texas. He was only eighteen years of age, and his passing forced me to ask questions about the meaning of life. I felt that no one, not even preachers could answer my questions. As I was assigned to my military outpost in Okinawa, I continued to search for answers that never seemed to arrive. During my time in Okinawa, I was in a relationship with a girl from Brookeland, Texas. Her family had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the year before I enter the military, and I was there at their baptism. I supported them in their decision and thought nothing else concerning their new religion. However, the girl I was in a relationship with gave me a Book of Mormon. In 2003, an event occurred that forever changed my life. My anguish continually beset me to the point that it brought me to my knees. I remember asking Heavenly Father if there was anything in this life worth living for. I begged and pleaded for anything to take away my pain and my sorrow. A few weeks later, my answers came in a dream. In it I learned that the Book of Mormon is “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” Also, I learned that this life has a purpose and that Heavenly Father knew me personally. After waking from the dream, I knew that the Lord had answered my humble prayer. I immediately called the local Mormon Church and asked if they could baptize me. Two weeks later, this became a reality.

How I live my faith

My participation in my local ward enables me to remain firmly rooted in the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. The ward gives me responsibilities that allows me to lift others, especially going to other members' homes and sharing a Gospel message each month. However, this process is beneficial to me, as it is for those I serve. Character building takes place and a sense of love for my fellow man is cultivated.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

There are various gifts that can be given to you through the power of the Holy Ghost. Some are born with many, others not so much. However, if each individual truly desires to develop or obtain more gifts, all you have to do is work at it and continually pray for them from our Heavenly Father. As noted above, I am a convert to the Church. Hence, I did not serve a mission or learn a new language, but I have always wanted to learn a foreign language. To help with this endeavor, I prayed continually for the gift of tongues. In the course of studying Arabic, a lot of hard work and diligence was required. I have gained a testimony that through hard work, the Lord sees our sacrifice and delights in honoring those who serve him. The Lord, through the Holy Ghost, has blessed me with the ability to speak Arabic and love for language learning, but it still requires diligence and practice. You must act in obtaining that which you desire, for the Lord requires us to work at it and through our sacrifice the Lord honors our request. So take any gift you wish to cultivate in your own life, pray for it, then act in all diligence to obtain it. The Lord will see you through on any endeavor you wish to apply yourself. Show more Show less