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Hi I'm Heather

I love traveling and exploring the world, hiking, and being my children's teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Shortly after my birth, my parents moved from Wyoming, the place of their birth and upbringing, to Alaska with my brother and me. We lived there seven years. These were some of the most influential years of my life. My love for God, people, cultures and adventure, knowledge of the purpose of life, and a deep appreciation for the beauties of the earth took root in my heart there in that beautiful state among people from many different places, ethnicities, and cultures. From my earliest recollections, I've felt a closeness to God and appreciation for His creations and the diversities of life. These deeply ingrained beliefs and feelings as well as a conviction that I am a daughter of God, our loving Heavenly Father, have strengthened me to focus on the good in life and in others and to persevere through challenges and trials, including living with chronic illness. I love to read and study English literature, history, languages - right now especially Latin, nutrition, and natural remedies for illness and injuries. I also love to walk, explore and trailblaze - particularly in remote, natural settings, to snow ski and ice-skate, to swim and scuba dive. I am grateful for the opportunity to be my children's principal teacher and find great joy in motherhood. And most of all, I love to spend time with my husband whether it be cuddling while watching a movie or braving the elements on a mountain top.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints firstly, because of the faith of my mother - She knew as a child that she would join the church of her future husband. When she met and fell in love with my father, she braved disapproving parents and family to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She also strengthened my father and her children through her faith and desires to do what she believed was right, no matter how inconvenient or uncomfortable the effort or consequences. I admire her courage, faith, and determination. Secondly, because of the faith of my father - His quiet example lit my path through life. He "showed" me how to live and I've been trying to follow that example my whole life. Thirdly, because of wonderful teachers and leaders at Church who taught me who I am, the purpose of life, God's plan for His children, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their love and dedication carried these teachings to my heart so that I knew for myself that what they taught was true. And fourthly, I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and continue to live the gospel of Jesus Christ because, line upon line, precept upon precept, I have learned for myself through the Holy Spirit that Jesus is the Son of God, that He lives, and that He is at the head of this Church. I know His gospel is the path that leads to peace in this life and eternal joy in the life to come. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, instrumental in the restoration of Christ's Church, restoring truth and authority that was lost at the death of Jesus Christ and His apostles. I know that there is a prophet on the earth today. I know the Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. I know the Book of Mormon - Another Testament of Jesus Christ is the word of God preserved and brought forth for our day, and bears testimony to the truthfulness of the Bible. I know these things to be true.

How I live my faith

My faith is so much a part of who I am that it affects everything I do. BECAUSE I BELIEVE Because I believe, I can climb mountains, soar over their peaks, and do the "impossible." Because I believe, I do not let fear stop me from doing the difficult things. Because I believe, I can smile through the pain and tears, and rejoice in my God for all that is good and pleasant and sweet. Because I believe, I see sunshine when it rains, I feel courage when I could feel fear, I run to Him instead of running away. Because I believe, I know all will be for my good. Because I believe, I cherish family - give and live my life for them. Because I believe, hope fills my heart, burdens are lifted, miracles occur. First and foremost, I live my faith at home and in my family by striving to follow Jesus Christ's example, to teach my children the gospel, and to seek for guidance in my responsibilities, whether it be our children's education or finances. Second, I serve at Church. I am a visiting teaching. This means, each month another woman and I visit three other women, sharing a faith promoting message and visiting with each other as friends do. Through this program of visiting teaching, we are there for each other during good times and bad. I also serve in our Cub Scout Pack as a Bear Den Leader. I love helping the 8 year boys discover talents and skills. Third, I live my faith in my community by being involved as much as my health and energy allow and by being a kind neighbor.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Heather
A "testimony" is a heart-felt statement of our faith, belief, and knowledge. The knowledge I speak of comes to those who search, ponder, and pray to God in the name of Christ with a sincere heart and with real intent -- see Moroni chapter 10 verse 4 in the Book of Mormon. God manifests truth to us, His children, by the power of the Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit. A testimony is concluded in the name of Jesus Christ. To me, those words act as a seal of validity to my heart-felt testimony, much like someone with authority placing a visible seal of authenticity on a legal document. I have a testimony that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of the world. I know He lives and loves each of us as individuals and cares for us as such, too. He knows our pains, our heartaches, our sorrows. He knows our joys and the deepest desires of our hearts. Whether we believe in Him or not, He is ready to lift our burdens, to hush our fears, to answer our humble prayers. I know this is true for He has lifted me and carried me through my darkest and loneliest hours, as well as illuminated my joy and strengthened me in my service to others. I love Him. I share this testimony in His name, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less