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Hi I'm Heidi

I'm a wife and mother of 4. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Southern California with my husband and four children, ages 10, 8, 6, and 11 months. I am a stay-at-home mom, and life is full and wonderful. I love those kids! My husband and I met in college, and have been married 14 years now. He's my best friend. I am a quarter Japanese. I love learning about new cultures and people and the languages they speak, especially Asian ones. While I was single, I lived in Japan and then Taiwan and studied both languages. One of the things I love about this community is the cultural diversity of the people here. When we moved here five years ago, my oldest was one of four white children in her class at school! We now have friends from all over the globe. Watching and helping my children learn and develop is fun and I'm never bored! They all love swimming, various aspects of school, friends, music, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. The three oldest all cook and help in the kitchen, as well as all over the house when properly motivated :) I've adjusted my hobbies over the years to the demands of my family life. I love to cook and try new foods, and enjoy the challenge of finding ways to prepare meals that are nutritious and creative but not too adventurous for my kids. Singing is another hobby I enjoy. I've written songs for my children and get involved in musical productions through my church. I currently lead a choir for the Chinese church congregation I attend.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were baptized when I was six, and the Church has been a large part of my life since then. I watched my parents make changes so that their lives would be more in harmony with the gospel's teachings, and have tried to follow that pattern in my own life. Over the years I have studied the scriptures and the words of our living prophet, and these teachings coupled with my relationship with the Lord have blessed me in every aspect of my life. As I have come to better understand the teachings of the gospel, I've followed them as well as I could and found joy in each commandment. The dividends have far outweighed the sacrifices. This is evidence to me that the gospel is true. As an example, two basic commandments are prayer and scripture reading. Through prayer and reading the scriptures, I have gained peace and comfort when I was troubled, direction and encouragement when I was struggling with a decision, and enlightenment when I was confused. I love to go to my Heavenly Father in the quiet of my room each morning to express my gratitude for my blessings and to seek strength and guidance for the challenges of the day. When I am finished praying, I know that I can do whatever is required of me, and I feel a sense of warmth and love that influences the way I interact with others in my path. When I fail to read my scriptures or pray, I can feel the absence of divine help that day, and I recommit to gaining it back tomorrow. I know that the Lord leads His church. When I've followed the counsel I've received from His servants- from the Bishop of my congregation to the prophet who is the president of the church worldwide- I've always been blessed. We have a loving Father who wants nothing more than for each of us to know Him and be happy. I am so grateful for this knowledge. It brings me great strength and helps me to see the great worth of those around me.

How I live my faith

There seems to be no end to the tasks of running a home, and I enjoy looking for the Divine in what I do. I've heard that motherhood isn't just a job, it's a calling-- and I believe that to be true. Raising children is a sacred trust given by a Father who loves us more deeply and possesses wisdom greater than we can imagine. I feel that I cannot fulfill this role without His help. We read scriptures and sing songs we've learned in church each day, but much of the teaching I do happens in between- in "the trenches!" I served a mission in Taiwan for the LDS church before marrying my sweetheart. As I mentioned earlier, my family attends church with a Chinese congregation. I was given this opportunity because of my language experience. I've enjoyed serving with these good Chinese people, and have grown in appreciation of my husband and children as they have supported me in this church calling. In this "calling", or capacity I've been asked to serve in, I often work with the missionaries to teach new members of our congregation or those who are investigating our faith. I also lead the choir which has been fun and rewarding. I love that our church has organized companionships to visit and look after other members. I visit two ladies from my congregation once a month, and two other ladies, in turn, visit me. Their visit usually comes at a time when I am starving for a sympathetic ear and an adult conversation- and their message always leaves me feeling loved and strengthened.