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Hi I'm Heidi

I like to laugh. I'm a wife and mother of 5 children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have three teenage daughters, one son that is a toddler, and a new baby girl. I’m happily married to a man that is a chiropractor and part comedian. He keeps life exciting and helps us see the lighter side of life. Sometimes in the evenings we will watch the sun set and talk. This is one of my favorite times of the day. I helped build the home that we are in now. I built the home through a sweat equity program along with 8 other families. The home is 1200 square feet—small by some standards, but a mansion by others. I love my little home. I have planted flowers out front and a garden and fruit trees in the back yard. We just planted a berry patch this year so I’m excited to see what those will produce next year. I like to sew even though I haven’t had much time to do that lately. I’m working on completing a Family and Consumer Science bachelors degree. I take one class at a time online so that I can continue to spend a lot of time with my family. When the girls were little we would have tea parties and stomp in mud puddles—they have moved on to other things and now as a family I love to spend time with them playing games, riding bikes, hiking, playing badminton, gardening, cooking, and listening to their dreams. Sometimes I still stomp in puddles. I also have 2 sisters and 3 brothers. We are all pretty close and enjoy getting together for dutch oven cooking, weinie roasts or just spending time and let the cousins run wild. I think family is the best!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the gospel, and I don’t remember ever questioning what my parents taught until I was in my mid teens. I then began to wonder if I believed simply because that was all I knew. I continued to go to church, attend seminary and youth activities, and pray daily. One day I went to a wedding at a church of a denomination that I don’t recall any more. I was in my early twenties. I remember walking into the building and not feeling anything. I was surprised, but figured it was because the entry led into a hallway. I then thought that by entering the chapel there would be a different feeling, but the chapel was a greater disappointment than having walked into the hall. It was beautiful, but empty of warmth or feeling. This was the first time that I had experienced the nothingness feeling of a building. I realized how tangible and real the feeling or spirit of an LDS church is. This experience caused me to realize that I had felt the spirit of Heavenly Father and Jesus my whole life, but I didn’t realize it. It would be like being born in a location that always had daylight and never experienced the dark of nighttime. This realization helped me to look at my beliefs differently. I realized that I believed because the teachings of the church made me happy and not because I had to do what Mom and Dad told me to do. My understanding of the church continues to grow. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus live. I know that it is the atonement of Jesus Christ that allows me to be happy, repent and do better each day. I know the Book of Mormon is true, but I love the first four books in the New Testament—this is what has deepened my understanding and love of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to live each day in such a way that I’m guilt free when I go to bed. I try to be a good neighbor and know my neighbor’s names. I had a great example of what a neighbor should be like from an older couple I was a neighbor with several years ago. He would see a neighbor out working in the yard, and he would go say hi and chat a while. He knew the children’s names on the street and knew a little about each family. He was willing to assist when someone needed help and he always had a smile. He would ride his bike with the children and genuinely loved them. His wife was likewise just as kind and giving. I don’t think that I’m quiet as good as a neighbor as that, but I’m working on it. At Christmas time my family will bake goodies and take them around to the neighbors. Last year we invited the neighbors to our house to enjoy the goodies and visit. I have been asked to help the sisters in the ward in their times of need. Sometimes I help coordinate meals going in to a new mother’s home when she is recovering after the birth of a baby. Sometimes a meal is needed for an injured, or sick individual. I have helped to coordinate other sisters in helping with a move, visiting new members, or seeing how another sister is doing after surgery. Sometimes the help needed is just generating ideas so the sister can solve her own problem. It is wonderful to be a part of a wonderful women’s organization that tries to be like Jesus and serve each other as he served the people he lived among.