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Hi I'm Heidi

I'm a Texan. I'm a wife of one and a mother of five. I'm a Dallas Cowboys fan, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and mother of five children. I like to play the piano and flute and try new things. Motherhood has shown me that Heavenly Father definitely has a sense of humor!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Protestant faith right in the heart of the "Bible Belt." I was taught about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, prayer, service, and reverence for sacred things. Growing up, I always wondered about prophets, apostles, and whether or not there would ever come any more scriptures. In school, I noticed the Latter-day Saints around me, but I never inquired about their religion. It wasn't until I went to college that I decided to contact the missionaries and learn about the gospel. I found what I'd always been looking for, since childhood--it was like coming home. Now I know that God truly does still call prophets and apostles who share His word with us. I believe, as our Articles of Faith state, that the Bible is the word of God, as well as the Book of Mormon. I am so thankful that Heavenly Father continues to reveal His word to us.

How I live my faith

I am in charge of the Young Women (ages 12-18) in our congregation, also known as a "ward." We meet on Sundays as well as Wednesday nights. It's such a blessing to see the faith and earnestness of these wonderful youth. I also serve as a "visiting teacher" where I visit several of the women in our ward and share a spiritual message and see if there is anything they need help with. That could be as simple as saying a prayer for helping them find a job or helping clean the kitchen or giving them a ride to the doctor.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Heidi
Primarily tithing. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Heidi
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Heidi
We go to a meetinghouse, known as a chapel, on Sundays. We may attend the temple for special things like weddings. We refer to temple weddings as "sealings." We believe families may be "sealed together" for all time by participating in temple ordinances. We consider the temple to be extremely sacred, so only members of the Church who commit to obey Heavenly Father's commandments qualify themselves to enter. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Heidi
We believe families can be together forever. We believe that we may come nearer to Heavenly Father by taking care of one another in our families, whether as parents, children, siblings, or as part of our extended family. Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Heidi
Members of the Church gives tithes and offerings. That money goes to help people locally and around the world, regardless of whether they are Mormon or not. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Heidi
Study the teachings of the Church thoughtfully. Sincerely have a desire to know whether it's true or not, no matter the consequences. With that desire in mind, go to Heavenly Father in prayer, expecting He will give you an answer. Also, try and live in a way that would be pleasing to Heavenly Father, you will be better able to "hear" the answer in your heart and your mind. Feelings of peace or comfort or confidence or happiness or clarity are often the Holy Ghost telling you something is true (even if that's not the answer you "wanted"). Also, Heavenly Father will sometimes answer our prayers using other people, so be aware of that as well. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Heidi
The temple is a special place. We believe that one must be clean in body and mind to fully appreciate the significance of the ordinances, as well as to be able to receive revelation to our minds for our own lives. We also believe that to enter, one must have made a commitment to God to live the way He has asked us. One needn't be perfect (otherwise, it'd be awfully empty), but one must be free from serious sins--that have not been repented of--like adultery or drug abuse. Those things cloud our judgment and perceptions to such a degree that while God may wish to communicate with us, we would not be in a state to hear Him. In temples, we learn eternal truths and participate in ordinances which bind spouses or children and parents, for eternity. We also may participate in baptisms in befalf of those who have died without the opportunity to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe Heavenly Father intends to save ALL His children, not just those who happened to grow up Mormon, or Christian, or in the U.S., etc., etc. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Heidi
Would you pay attention to a traffic ticket issued by someone who wasn't a police officer? Of course not, because only a police officer has the authority to give you one. It's sort of the same idea. We believe that through the priesthood in our church, Heavenly Father has given authorization to perform ordinances like baptism, the same way a city gives authorization to a police officer to issue citations. Of course, baptism is a good thing, very unlike a traffic ticket! Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Heidi
The Book of Mormon is the record of people living in the Americas who were visited by Jesus Christ after His resurrection. These people looked forward to the birth of Jesus Christ long before He was born in the old world. They had prophecies and testimonies of His birth, death, resurrection, and mission. When the Savior visited these people, He taught them the same things He taught to those in the old world (which are recorded in the Bible). Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Heidi
It's a commandment from the Bible (see Malachi 3). Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Heidi
It's the word of God. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Heidi
Joseph Smith. That's the short answer. When Joseph Smith was 14, the area he lived in was experiencing a type of religious revival. He wanted to join himself with a church, but he didn't know which one to join because they each said they were "right" but they didn't all agree on everything. He read in the Book of James in the Holy Bible that (paraphrasing) if you lack wisdom, you should ask God because he gives answers and won't be mad at you for asking. So, he did just that. He went into the woods by his house so he could be alone, and he prayed. In answer to his prayer, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him (as they did with Moses, Paul, etc.). Heavenly Father said, "Joseph, this is my beloved Son. Hear him." Joseph was told not to join any church. He was told that, "they [other churches] draw near unto me [God] with their lips, but their hearts are far from me." Joseph was chosen to restore the Church that Jesus Christ had organized while he was on the earth during his ministry. Joseph translated the Book of Mormon from gold plates by the power of God. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized on April 6, 1830, about 10 years after Joseph Smith's vision of God the Father and Jesus Christ. Show more Show less