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Hi I'm Heidi

I'm a fairly typical struggling college student, battling depression, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm Heidi. I'm currently in college. I am majoring in Psychology for now. I've already changed my major once. I was a creative writing major before. I'm not 100% sure what I want to do with psychology, but I do know I want to help people, especially those with mental illnesses. That is something close to my heart. I love to read. I also like to write stories and poetry. I sing and play the piano. The arts are a big part of my life. I've tried a whole lot of different areas in that category. That's all for now I suppose.

Why I am a Mormon

Within a year, two of my immediate family members left the church. Not just inactive, records removed and everything. I was only 13 years old at the time. I didn't know what to do. The people that had taught me the gospel had suddenly turned their back on it. At the time I only went to church because it made the girls in my ward angry because they hated me and had said so multiple times. One night, I went to an activity for the first time in about five months because it sounded like something I wanted to do. While there, I decided that I was never coming back. I said that if that was how the people in the "Lord's Church" treated me, I didn't want any part of it. Only a few days after this decision, I was walking when I ran into two friends. Somehow the church came up and they asked me to come to church with them the next Sunday. I went and sat in the back row with my dyed black hair, black nails, dark, thick eyeliner and all black clothes. I crossed my arms across my chest and sat there unenthused about being there. After the closing prayer, before I'd even stood up about half the youth of the ward were surrounding me asking who I was. I didn't know how to react. I was walked to class in a swarm of kids. It only got better from there. If I didn't show up at activities they would come and get me and make sure I came. I really felt I was important and loved. I know it didn't follow standard protocol, but they let me attend that ward. Both the bishop in the new ward and the bishop in my real ward were aware of the situation, and they both agreed if I was going to church it was ok for the time. Because of that new ward, I grew less dark (refer to the description of me in sacrament meeting). I started doing the "sunday school" answers everyday and it made all the difference. I felt the true love of Christ and gained a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. Because someone reached out to me when I looked different from everyone else, I'm still a Mormon.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith is by trying to live what I've been taught. Things such as reading my scriptures everyday. I haven't missed a day since Jan 2007. (Although, I admit I still have a weakness of not getting the most out of them some days). I live my faith by remembering that some of my family and now some of my roommates,as well as many people I interact with on campus, aren't LDS and their opinion of the church is largely impacted on how I behave. My standards are firm and I must always have them in my mind. I try to spread that Christlike love that brought me back into his fold, even through simple acts like talking to someone in the grocery store line, or helping someone with the child on the train. All it takes is a smile for people to see that you have something you want to share if they are willing to listen. I've served in callings or positions in the church. From being president over the youth girls to making sure that people are visited each month that they are doing alright to ward chorister. I've been a committee member to make sure actitvies are planned and carried out. There are a lot of opportunities for me to live my faith, and I hope that someone reading this will let me live it by sharing more with you.