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Hi I'm Heidi

I teach college-level English classes, community French classes, and do independent proofreading. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I graduated from high school in the early 90s then went to college at Brigham Young U where I majored in English for my love of writing and editing. Life took me in a few different directions after that. I completed my degree but not before serving a mission in France, which was nice since I'd studied French since junior high. Then, after graduating, I returned to Colorado and found work in a local day care. Here I strengthened my love for children and had my interest piqued in children's literature, which I pursued in an MFA a few years later in Virginia. While in grad school, my interest in teaching adults at the college-level increased. I had thought about it before, but had always been reluctant to teach because of my shyer nature and quiet voice. However, while seeking employment toward the end of my degree, my French skills got my foot in the door at a local community college where I began teaching French as a continuing ed course to interested adults and then English to college students. The many experiences on the East Coast were a lot of fun. But in December of 2010, many circumstances combined to lead me home to Colorado. Fortunately, after I moved move, I was blessed to continue the opportunities in colleges here!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both raised in the Church, and they raised me and my seven siblings in the faith as well. This, of course, didn't guarantee any of our continued interest or activity. But while I was in high school, I began reading the Book of Mormon and found my spirits lifted as a result. With a desire to marry a strong member, I decided to follow my parents' footsteps and aimed for BYU where I was "sure" to find a man. As it happened, I didn't get my MRS. at BYU. I'm, in fact, still single. But my testimony of the gospel grew as a result of my experiences and associations at the Y. And it has continued to grow since then, as well, as I continue to study the scriptures, say my daily prayers, and witness everyday miracles through my service in the Church and in my personal life.

How I live my faith

Over the years, I've had several of what we call "callings" in the Church, and I've grown from most, if not each, of them. Yes, sometimes they've been challenging. But they've contributed to my making many friends in the local congregations as well as my coming to understand the gospel and love the Savior more. Currently, I'm serving as the secretary in the stake-level Relief Society, the organization for women. This involves my training newly called ward-level secretaries in their Relief Society units as well as taking minutes at meetings and providing other support for the Stake Relief Society presidency, and in turn the wards in the stake. Living my Faith, to me, though, means more than just serving in the Church. Of course, this is part of it. But we believe in spreading the gospel everywhere and in constantly living our Faith, not just on Sundays. So, although I don't share with others verbally as much during the week, I try to live by the highest standards, such as in being honest, and in dressing modestly, and being courteous and loving toward all of God's children. Of course, though, I'm not perfect. I make quite a few mistakes, in fact, and so I'm grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ so I can get back up on my feet, take the sacrament, and renew my efforts to live righteously.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

In addition to the Church's official answer, I would add the concept of authority. Some people will ask why they should be baptized again if they were baptized already, somewhere else. In the Church, we believe the Priesthood authority has been returned to the Earth and that just as Jesus sought John the Baptist because he had the authority to perform the baptism, we must also be baptized by someone who has the Priesthood authority to perform such ordinances. Show more Show less