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Hi I'm Heide.

I grew up in Germany and lived the second part of my life in the US. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a native from southern Germany and I love languages. It's no surprise that I work in the translation industry and enjoy the friendship of many people from foreign countries. I love my children with all my heart and it has been an adventure raising them. They are my best work. :-) Cooking is another favorite past time of mine, and traveling. I love to explore new places. It has been my privilege to live in Utah for the last 23 years, where you can find some of the best skiing on the planet. Skiing is the best way you can spend a winter day.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I always knew that God existed, and sometimes I would pray to Him and ask Him for help when I was sad or scared. I couldn't discern whether He answered my prayers. Sometimes, I felt they were answered and sometimes they weren't. Religion was important, I felt, but it was a very small part of my life. Going to church was not really practiced by my family and friends, except on big holidays. No one I knew read the scriptures, although my grandmother knew scripture references and would sometimes quote them. When I was introduced to the Book of Mormon, I was told that it was the true word of God and that I could know for myself whether this was true. All I needed to do was read it and pray about it. I was intrigued and put it to the test. At the same time, I started attending church meetings and was overwhelmingly welcomed by the members of this church and I felt very good about being there. This faith had answers to questions like why are we here and what happens after death. Very clear answers that made perfect sense. After a few months of investigating, I received a witness that the Book of Mormon, and the Prophet Joseph Smith, who had brought forth the Book of Mormon under the direction of the angel Moroni, were what they claimed to be. That evening I had read a chapter in the Book of Mormon and had asked Heavenly Father for a witness to know that it was true. It felt like a warm liquid was poured out over my head and my entire body. I felt so much peace and was so happy. I knew that this was the Holy Ghost and that my question had been answered. I could never deny the feeling. The gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to its fullness on the Earth, once again. After centuries of apostasy and loss of crucial elements of the true gospel of Jesus Christ, we now have again the priesthood, a living prophet, the saving ordinances that allow us to return to our Father in Heaven again and the blessing of the Gift of the Holy Ghost. To this I bear witness.

How I live my faith

I pray every day for help and guidance, so my life can be of most worth to others. I read in the scriptures, the Bible, Book of Mormon and the teachings of the prophets in our time that I can read on lds.org. I try to understand what I read and ask myself how it applies to me. The scriptures have often given guidance to me or helped me to understand people and circumstances. When I read regularly, my life goes more smoothly and I have peace. I also feel like it provides me and my loved ones with protection from danger. On Sundays, I go to church for three hours to take the sacrament, listen to speakers who have prepared talks that teach and inspire. I also teach the girls in my congregation and plan activities for them every week. If there is a need for a member of the congregation that I can fill, I try to help out. Sometimes, we do service projects. I attend the temple, a sacred place for members who live the commandments of God to the best of their ability. On Monday nights, we get together as a family and learn about the gospel or do a fun activity or some service. There is a lot I do to live my faith, most of all to strive to live a more Christ-like life everyday. This life is my chance to become better and to grow to become loving, patient, forgiving, to become the best version of myself.