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Hi I'm Heather Cashman

Happily Mormon wife and mother, avid writer and published author, chocholic and consequent treadmill user.

About Me

I was born in 1972 in Tucson, Arizona. I grew up in a primarily female run house with my mother, aunt, cousin (6 months older than I am), and grandmother. We had the occasional live in aunt or uncle and I came to value family as the central part of my happiness. I spent my childhood running in sprinklers, taking naps by laying on our horses' backs, working in the garden, and milking or feeding the animals. I read voraciously, played the cello for many years, and then went to college at the University of Arizona. I earned a BA in Biochemistry and worked in a plant sciences lab. My husband found me there (at the U of A) and in 1992 we were sealed in the Mesa Temple. Three years later we had our first daughter. Within four years I had three children. I spent the next several years enjoying (nearly) every moment I had with my children. In 2008 we moved to New York. I loved it the festivals and the snow and the sledding and the white Christmas that looked like a postcard. In 2011 we moved to Kansas. I love it, but I miss New York. Kansas is growing on me. The seasons are beautiful but mild. I've had stories in my head forever, but began writing when my kids were young. I am a published author and plan to write until I die. Maybe longer.

Why I am a Mormon

I started out as a Mormon because my family was. When I was eighteen, I began to question if I wanted to be a member of the church. I took different religion classes in college and stopped going to church. My life changed imperceptibly. After over a year of inactivity in the church, I came to a low point in my life. It wasn't anything horrible. I just wasn't happy. I began to question what my life was missing. After a long look, I realized that what I was missing was something no other church could give me. It was the promises I had made with my Heavenly Father that required action on my part. Without the action, I couldn't receive the blessings of happiness that naturally follow. I also realized that the commandments were guidelines that would lead to freedom rather than take it away. When I followed the Lord's rules, it gave me a path to follow that gave me more control over my life and kept me from doing things that led to regret.

How I live my faith

For me, living the Gospel of Jesus Christ means filtering every choice and every event through a lens of faith. It makes living life easier. Trials can be suffered because I know the Savior is there to succor me and has gone through the very same thing. I want to help others through their own difficulties because I find purpose and joy. Anything I do to improve myself or others is an eternal accomplishment.