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Hi I'm Heidi

Wife, Mother of 3, BYU-Idaho Pathway Student

About Me

My husband and I married in the Oakland temple. I am a mother to three young daughters. I studied gerontology, the science of aging, at our local university before marrying. I'm completing a degree in accounting currently at an online university and may be continuing on with a Masters in Business. I plan to use my education in volunteer capacities and am coordinating a business for our children to make handcrafts from home with me to sell, to save for their missions and education. I love learning and strive to bless my parent's lives for the life they gave me. While my days are at home caring for our family, I also wrote and administered with two other neighbors a community grant for children which has been funded locally for monthly activities. I have also researched grants for Courage House, a recovery house for the rescue of girls from prostitution. I find that there are countless opportunities to help others in our neighborhood, community, extended family, and especially through church humanitarian services. Volunteering in any way helps me in my studies of Jesus Christ, in learning more of him and how he served our Heavenly Father willingly, quietly, obediently, and selflessly. I love to think of him and his example during service opportunities!

Why I am a Mormon

As President Eyring recently spoke of in this year's Christmas devotional, a star arose on the night of Jesus Christ's birth, the light of that star illuminating the night sky for those who watched in wait for the momentous event of Christ's birth! Today, Jesus Christ blesses the lives of believers through his restored church, with restored light and truth in his gospel available to every honest and sincere seeker of him. It is his gospel and his alone in his church, illuminating the lives of God's children with eternal truth, with required ordinances by proper authority, with purpose and love. I chose to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for one reason, I was invited by missionaries to read, ponder and pray about the Book of Mormon, and to ask in my personal prayer of Heavenly Father, asking in Jesus' name, if the Book of Mormon is true. I did so. During my prayer, I felt a burning feeling in my bosom confirming that the Book of Mormon is indeed true. That is how simple the receiving of testimony from the Godhead is. Knowing that the Book of Mormon is true, I also know that the Prophet Joseph Smith was the prophet of the restoration, that there is a living prophet today, Thomas S. Monson, that the proper authority for required ordinances to return to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is in the church that is headed by Jesus Christ through his prophet, that the temples are houses of the Lord where families can receive necessary ordinances to be together forever! All of this testimony I received as a gift from God because I sincerely wanted to know and because I accepted a simple invitation to pray and ask to find out for myself.

How I live my faith

I begin and end my days with prayer, study the scriptures daily to learn more of Jesus Christ (the scriptures I study are the Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants) and to build my personal relationship with Him, and seek to be of some small service everyday. Additionally, in our church, there are responsibilities that the Lord gives, through inspiration to the bishop, to members, such as myself for particular church work. Right now, I have been asked by the Lord to serve as a ward missionary. I'll be teaching restored doctrine and bearing my own testimony of how the Lord's teachings have blessed my life to those seeking to get to know him and his church. Additionally, I am a visiting teacher. This means that I go to the homes of others to share a monthly message about Jesus Christ and/or his church. We always focus a lot on scriptures. Finally, as a member of Relief Society, there are countless opportunities to work and serve homeless, orphaned, widowed, sick, those in our own church and family. In the past, I've taught children in Primary and held leadership positions in Primary and the Young Women's organizations. I love all of the leaders in the church, both the priesthood and Relief Society leaders are amazing! I love that all of the families that I volunteer with in Jesus' restored church are volunteers too - none of us are paid to do anything! From Bishop and Stake President to Chorister and Pianist; we simply bring our talents and our individual backgrounds with us and each do what need to get done, as we are asked and often without being asked. There is a saying that the people in the church may not be perfect, but his organization is. I truly do know for myself that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Jesus Christ's true restored church, and you can too! Simply accept the invitation, read and ponder a bit of the Book of Mormon, and pray and ask our Heavenly Father in Jesus' name if it is true!

What do Mormons believe about family?

Heidi
I know that I had to properly prepare to be blessed to marry my husband and then later to have our children. I believe and know that God's greatest blessings are within his family unit: a man and woman and their children. I know, through scripture study of the Bible and Book of Mormon and having received testimony that families can be together forever through the ordinances that are done at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints temples. I cherish having a family of my own with my husband. My appreciation of my extended family and church family continues to grow as I continue to strive to develop a charitable love for everyone, to seek the praiseworthy qualities in others, and especially to serve them in small ways. Show more Show less