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Hi I'm Heather Marie

Native Rhode Islander, Wampanoag tribe. I love conversation, medical textbooks and all things musical. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 39 year old mother of eight children. I have been blessed to be able to have the opportunity be at home with my children, as that is what I have always wanted to do. The things I love most include: my husband, my children, the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, writing music, playing the piano, singing, volunteer work and laughing. I want to find joy in every day I am given.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the Mormon church when I was a year old, but I also grew up attending Catholic Mass with my maternal grandmother, Methodist services with my paternal grandmother, going to a Catholic youth center with friends and attending a private Baptist school for junior high and part of high school. From a young age, I have always had a desire to seek the Lord in my life. As a 10 year old, I was being asked questions at school about my religion and I realized I hadn't studied it enough to know enough about it. I asked the missionaries to teach me the basic discussions that they have with people who are interested in learning more about the Mormon faith. It was during this time that I began to gain a testimony of my own that the Mormon church was the restored church that Christ had established while He was here on the earth. The more I learned, the more it made sense to me. As I studied the Bible and the Book of Mormon as companions to each other, they helped me see clearer the teachings of Jesus Christ. I have continued to study the scriptures throughout my life. I am so grateful for the truths of the gospel. They daily help me in my desire to follow Jesus Christ. They apply in every aspect of my life, from being a good wife and mother, to being a good citizen, and being a good friend.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life in a way that shows that I am trying to follow the Savior. I want people to see the joy that can be found in living the teachings of Jesus Christ. Does that mean I'm perfect at it? OF COURSE NOT! (just ask my children!) But I am trying, and the atonement of Christ gives me hope that when I make mistakes I can repent and try again.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Heather Marie
We are told in the New Testament that we need to be baptized with water and with the spirit to enter the kingdom of God. Christ showed us through His example, the way to be baptized when he was baptized by immersion by John the Baptist. We follow his example when we enter the waters of baptism.   Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Heather Marie
I have struggled with this for most of my life, because I went to a school where they taught that Mormonism was a cult. I could never understand how their perception of what we believed could be so skewed. I think that people are afraid of what they don't know. The Mormon faith is a faith based on the principles of Jesus Christ. The more I talk to people of other faiths about what we truly believe, the more common ground we find we have. The main difference is that we believe that the fullness of the gospel that Jesus Christ taught when He was here on the earth has been restored to us through a modern day prophet Joseph Smith. He was a prophet just like the ones in the Old and New Testament that most people feel completely comfortable having faith in. We believe that God loves us as much as He loves the people of that time, and that He continues to reveal His truths to prophets on the earth. It is the idea of continued revelation that makes some people feel that we are "adding" new scripture and leads them to classify us as a cult. But in Hebrews it tells us that God is "the same, yesterday, today and forever." Why would He change the way He communicates with His children? In Amos 3:7 it tells us that the Lord will do nothing without revealing it to His prophets. This remains in force today. Show more Show less