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Hi I'm Heather

I'm a teacher, a wife, a soon-to-be mother, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in small town in Utah. My childhood was very ideal. I was surrounded by friends and neighbors who shared my beliefs. I had six older siblings and one younger sister who I could always turn to for company or advice. My parents were happily married and I never doubted their love for me. However, when I was twelve years old my mom developed breast cancer. After three years she passed away. When I was sixteen my dad remarried a wonderful woman with six children. Although integrating two families with very different personalities is not easy we have learned, and are still learning, to love each other. I met my husband at college. We have been happily married for 2 years and just had a baby boy named Simon. I am a third grade teacher and I love it. One thing I love about teaching is seeing the energy and the enthusiasm for life that kids have. After this year my husband will be finished with his undergraduate program and we will be headed for medical school.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family where everyone went to church. I remember as a little kid wondering what if everything I had been taught was not true, and there was another church out there that had the real truth. These thoughts never lasted long because I trusted the faith of my parents, but when I was ten years old I decided I wanted to know for myself. I began to pray that God would tell me personally whether or not the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints really was the true church. I included this plea in my prayers for days, but did not feel like I was receiving an answer. I wondered if there was something I was doing wrong. Then one Sunday I was sitting in church listening to other members of my church bear their testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. A warm feeling came into my heart and I was filled with peace. At first I didn't think anything of these feelings because I had felt them so many times before at church and in my home. Then I remembered what I had been praying for and realized that this was my answer! God had been testifying to me the truth of His gospel my whole life, but I did not recognize it until I had sincerely asked. I have felt that same spirit of peace, love, and truth many times since that day. It has strengthened my faith and helped me through hard times.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in the way I live every day. This includes reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible, going to church, and making my family my first priority. Every week I prepare a lesson to teach a group of six year old girls at church. It can be a challenge to keep them occupied while their parents go to Sunday School, but I am always impressed by their simple faith and love for each other and for their Savior. My appreciation for my family and for the church grows as I consider the unknowns in my future. My husband has applied for medical schools across the nation. For us, one of the main factors in deciding which schools to apply to was it's proximity to family. We wanted to make sure that no matter where we went we would be close to our parents or a sibling. It is also comforting to know that no matter where I go there will be members of the church who will love and take care of me. Belonging to the church is like having an automatic family, even when you are far from home.