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Hi I'm Heather

I'm a high school teacher, caregiver to an elderly father, aunt to 55 nieces and nephews and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi, I am a high school history teacher in a small school of about 500 students. I have been teaching 21 years. I am not married or have any children but I have lots of nieces and nephews. At last count, on January 3, I receieved my 55th nephew. Now that includes nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. I put that in here because my family is very important to me. Since I have not had the opportunity to marry or have children I work to have close relationships with all of these children. My 83 year old widowed father lives with me. He is legally blind and has many health issues. A lot of my time is spent with his care. However, we enjoy a great relationship and I have been blessed with his company for many years. I feel being an active and participating citizen is very important. I have developed a club at my school where I teach my students how to find out who their representitives are and how to know how they voted on various issues and how to contact them. I also have these kids read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and we discuss it. It is called Project Patriot. I love being an American and enjoy all the blessing we have. I have been in many other countries and there is not a more blessed land on earth. It makes me happy that as a whole Americans are giving and willing to share their good fortune with the whole world.

Why I am a Mormon

Even as a young child I have been interested in the true nature of God. I went to many different churches with my family growing up. We studied with a few of them but still never felt like they contained the deep feelings I had in my heart. When I was nine years old the Mormon missionaries knocked on our door. I was baptized on Joseph Smith's birthday December 23, 1967. I have been a member for 43 years and from that day to this I still love that boy for leading me to the Savior. I love that I can be with my family forever. Joseph Smith taught that the same associations we enjoy here will continue in the next world according to our faithfulness. I look forward to being reunited with my mother, brother and three nieces that have gone on before me. I love the fact that through the atonement of Jesus Christ and my obedience I can become a joint-heir with Christ, meaning I can become like him! I can share the same gifts from the Father as Christ receives, as taught in the Bible. I especially love that I can share this with my family, living and dead through temple work which is also mentioned in the Bible I Corinthians 1529. The Book of Mormon is a second witness to the divinity of Jesus Christ and his atonement. I know it is true. I have read it many times 38 to be exact and have felt the spirit testify of its truthfulness. Together with the Bible which I have read front to back 17 times I have a firm foundation on which to build my faith. My hope in Jesus Christ gives me courage and joy in everyday live and hope for a glorious resurrection and reunification with my family and my Savior. This church has a plan for every person to receive the opportunity to hear and accept or reject the truth. No other religion even makes that claim. I know Heavenly Father loves all of his children the same no matter where or when they were born. This great plan is called the Plan of Salvation and is the joy of my life.

How I live my faith

I guess the best way I live my faith is try every day to live the Golden Rule - Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Many days I do this and have a joyful and peaceful life. Of course we are not perfect and I struggle to be patient, serve others and be obedient to God's commandments. Prayer every morning and night, along with scripture study each day help me to keep good thoughts and things in my mind instead of all the bad that can surround and depress us. My faith that Jesus is my Savior helps me when I am overwhelmed, discouraged or have my feelings hurt. Knowing he will never leave me helps me to go on and trust in his time-line for me even when it is difficult or I don't understand. I gain a lot of knowledge and spiritual strength by teaching the adult Sunday School class at my church congregation. I have done this for many years and have many spiritual experiences as a result of deeply studying the scriptures in preperation for my class. I strive to be a helper of Jesus Christ. The president of our church, whom we also believe to be a prophet is named Thomas S. Monson. He said, "If the Lord wants an errand to run I want him to know Tom Monson will run it for him." That is my goal too and I practice every day getting a little better with each step.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

The idea that God loves us all and has a plan that every indivdual that ever lived can be saved is the greatest reason I see for the church's growth. By accepting Christ, repenting being baptized on earth or by proxy allows all people, no matter when or where you lived, to come unto Christ and be perfected in him. Show more Show less