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Hi I'm Heather

I love the outdoors, a brisk walk with inspiring music and spending time with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom of seven kids. Five through birth, and two who joined (or will soon join) us from Russia. Both of our adopted daughters were blessed with an extra chromosome. Unfortunately, they were born in a place where people with Down Syndrome live their lives in institutions. They haven't learned of their great potential or how much joy they bring to our lives. We felt God leading us to these two girls. Our family has been forever changed by them and can't imagine our lives without them. We pray that some day soon, parents who have children with disabilities in other lands will have the resources and support that they need to keep their babies when they are born. They have no idea what they are missing out on! I love learning about health and fitness. My favorite outlet is a nice, brisk walk, either with music in my headphones, or a friend.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that the true church of Jesus Christ, with all of the correct doctrine and the authority to act in Christ's name that existed when He lived on the earth, has been restored in it's fullness. There is so much uncertainty in the world. The economy, politics, shifting values, natural disasters...not much is certain, that's for sure. But I love that we have the promise that we will never be left to figure things out on our own. We have a prophet who receives direct revelation from God to lead Christ's church in his way. We also have the scriptures and the Gift of the Holy Ghost to guide us personally. I continue to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ because it's the only pathway to true, lasting joy. It guides me in everything that I do as a mom, a wife, and a citizen. I know that the Book of Mormon was written by prophets of God many years ago and preserved for our day, when we would need it most. It helps me to understand the gospel that is written in the Bible more clearly and it adds more truths that were taken away during translation. Reading the Book of Mormon has brought me closer to my Savior than any other book. I testify that it is true and anyone on this earth can know this for themselves if they just read it and ask God for themselves.

How I live my faith

I hope to finish my Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology some day. When that is complete, my dream is to help provide speech and language curriculum for people in Eastern Europe and other countries, where children who are born with special needs are almost always given up for adoption. There is no support or information available to empower their birth parents. I would love to take part in educating people and helping them to see what a tremendous blessing these children are. We are in the process of adopting one of them right now and hope to have her home with us by early spring 2011. I love serving in our church. Right now, I am the choir director. I absolutely love music. It's fun bringing voices together to sing about Christ. It always invites the such a warm, peaceful feeling into our meetings.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Heather
We hold all of our meetings in one block of time, on Sundays. One hour (usually the first) is Sacrament Meeting. In this meeting, we come together to partake of the Sacrament, which consists of broken bread and water. This is similar to communion, or the Lord's Supper in other faiths. After the sacrament is passed, we are taught by fellow members of our congregation. No one is paid in our church. We teach each other. Most Sundays, there are two or three speakers who are given a gospel topic to speak about. On the first Sunday of each month, members of the congregation can come to the front to share their testimonies with everyone. After Sacrament meeting, we break up into children, teen, and adult Sunday School-type classes for the rest of the time. The teachers use manuals created by the church. These classes are very interesting and interactive. Visitors are always invited at an LDS church! If you see one of our church buildings, you can almost always find a congregation meeting there on Sunday mornings at 9:00 and another one that starts at 11:00. Sometimes there's even a third group that starts at 1:00. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Heather
We believe that baptism is a commandment from God and that no one can live with God unless they have been baptized as a member of Christ's church. The method that we use is baptism by immersion, just as Christ was baptized. As far as age is concerned, The book of Mormon teaches that little children should not be baptized because they are not old enough to understand the concept of sin. So we are not baptized until we are eight years old. Show more Show less