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Hi I'm Heather.

I'm a daughter, sister, aunt. I'm a traveler, learner, believer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I want to try to help make the world a better place and make others happy each day. I love to learn about people and places. I grew up in Hawaii. I went to college in Utah. I have lived in Asia and traveled to Europe and Africa. I work for a nonprofit organization in Washington, DC. I love to read, run, hike, swim, travel, serve others, listen to good music and spend time with my family.  

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to faithful Mormon parents and most of my ancestors were faithful members of the Church as well. I am grateful for their examples and testimonies. They taught me through their words and examples about Jesus Christ, the Plan of Salvation, the Book of Mormon and the importance of faith, repentance, baptism, the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. I tried to follow their examples and through personal prayer and my own personal study of the Bible and Book of Mormon I came to know for myself that the gospel of Jesus Christ as restored to the earth through the prophet, Joseph Smith is God's true church. When I was thirteen years old I read the Book of Mormon for myself and felt an overwhelming spirit of joy and peace as I studied the words of prophets as they testified of Christ. I know that this was the Holy Ghost testifying of its truthfulness. Since then I have continued to study. I still have a lot to learn, but I am very grateful for the direction of the Holy Ghost in my life and the answers to prayers I have received as I have studied the scriptures. I know that God is our Heavenly Father. He loves us and knows us individually. We are His children. He has a plan for us. He wants us to be happy. Through faith in the atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ, we can repent. I know we will be happy as we strive to follow Jesus' example to love God, serve others, be kind, and keep God's commandments. I know that the fullness of truth was restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that we have a living prophet on the earth today and that God speaks to us today. My testimony of Jesus Christ and His restored gospel means everything to me. It is what guides the decisions I make in my life everyday and gives me an eternal perspective of the purpose of my life.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith everyday. Daily prayer and quiet time to ponder scriptures are important to me to feel near to God. I participate in church meetings every Sunday. I have had the opportunity to serve in various settings in the church. I served for a year-and-a-half as a full-time missionary. I have also planned weeknight church activities for youth and single adults, taught Sunday School lessons, and played the piano for the women's organization in the Church. Currently, I help to organize women in our area to visit each other each once a month to ensure everyone is taken care of with different needs that they have and ensure everyone has friendship opportunities. I also sing in our congregation's choir. I am grateful for opportunities to serve. I enjoy attending a weekly institute class when I have time. I also try to worship in the temple several times a month. When I have the opportunity I also like to spend time participating in church service projects or assisting the local missionaries serving in my area. As it says in 1 Peter chapter 3, I strive to "be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh me a reason of the hope that is in me."    Most importantly, I try to remember and follow the example of Jesus Christ each day - to love, be kind, forgive, serve, share, encourage and lift.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Heather.
Just as Joseph Smith studied the scriptures and prayed to know which church he should join, each one of us can pray to know and understand truth for ourselves. If we ask humbly and sincerely with the intent to act on the answer we receive God will teach us what is true and guide us in the choices we make. Often these answers to prayer come as small feelings and impressions from the Holy Ghost to our heart and minds. Feelings of peace and happiness help us recognize truth. As we follow these teachings and feelings we can be blessed with more truth and guidance from God and the Holy Ghost.  Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Heather.
Jesus taught his disciples in Jerusalem, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world (Matthew 28:19)." His prophets and apostles today have the same mission--to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world so that everyone can have the opportunity to be baptized and receive the ordinances necessary to return to God. The prophet calls missionaries to help teach and serve around the world so that every person can come to know of Jesus Christ. Missionaries choose to spend their own time and money to share the message of Jesus Christ and His gospel that has been restored in its fullness in our day. They teach from the scriptures and with the help of the Holy Ghost and in their own words and from their own experiences...as they have come to know for themselves of the truthfulness of the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father's plan for our eternal happiness. Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Heather.
Thomas S. Monson is the prophet today. He speaks for God. He teaches us in word and by example to follow the example of Jesus Christ - to be kind and love and care for each other. He warns us of dangers. He testifies of Christ. He encourages us to live the commandments of God. His life has been an example of service and faith. I am grateful for his example to reach out and serve and bless and lift and comfort the one!  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?

Heather.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a global Church. There are members in over 150 countries in the world. These individuals are ready to serve in their communities. The Church Welfare program also assists in countries all over the world in times of disaster and with other humanitarian efforts - building wells, providing medical training, delivering wheelchairs, etc. The Church reaches out to help those of all faiths all over the world.  Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Heather.
Yes! "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26) "And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent." (Mosiah 3:17) Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Heather.
Relief Society is God's organization for women with the divine mission to increase faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and seek out and help those in need. The motto of the Relief Society is "charity never faileth." All women eighteen and older are members of the Relief Society. The Relief Society was “divinely made, divinely authorized, divinely instituted, divinely ordained of God." The Prophet Joseph Smith organized the Relief Society on March 17, 1842. Today millions of Relief Society sisters serve in various capacities within the Relief Society, the Church, and in their communities out of love and charity for God and others. I love being a part of the Relief Society and I love this hymn that teaches of our shared love and mission. "As sisters in Zion, we’ll all work together The blessings of God on our labors we’ll seek. We’ll build up his kingdom with earnest endeavor We’ll comfort the weary and strengthen the weak. The errand of angels is given to women And this is a gift that, as sisters, we claim To do whatsoever is gentle and human, To cheer and to bless in humanity’s name. How vast is our purpose, how broad is our mission, If we but fulfill it in spirit and deed. Oh, naught but the Spirit’s divinest tuition Can give us the wisdom to truly succeed." Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Heather.
The family is "the fundamental unit of society" and "central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children." As our living prophets proclaim, "The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities." One of the greatest blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is the knowledge that families can be together forever. Through sacred temple ordinances worthy members of the church can be married for time and all eternity. As we live faithful to the promises we make with the Lord we can obtain these promised blessings. I love my family. We have our challenges, but I am grateful for temple ordinances that make it possible for us to be together forever. I am grateful for parents that taught me truth and right from wrong. I love my siblings and extended family. It is one of my greatest desires to be a wife and mother and example of these teachings. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Heather.
The Book of Mormon is another witness of Jesus Christ and His life and teachings. It is a record of the prophets and people who lived in the ancient Americas from about 600 BC to 400 AD. It confirms the truthfulness of the Bible prophesying of Christ and giving an account of His personal visit to the Americas after His death in Jerusalem. God loves all of His children and uses the law of witnesses to proclaim His words (2 Corinthians 13:1). As Nephi, one of the first prophets in the Book of Mormon, testifies, "Hearken unto these words and believe in Christ and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me and they teach all men that they should do good." Joseph Smith translated this ancient record with God's help in the 1820s. Because it exists today it is our responsibility to find out for ourselves if it is true. I love the Book of Mormon! I know it is the word of God. I know that as we live its teachings we will be happy! We can know the truth for ourselves as we follow the prophet Moroni's advice to “ponder it in your hearts…ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." Show more Show less