What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Hi I'm Heather

I'm a Mormon. I am a Mama of 2 young kids, and I'm a ranch hand. I love being with my family, working with horses, and hiking.

About Me

I have 2 beautiful daughters ages 3 years, and 6 months. My husband is an air traffic controller and loves cars. I work at a farm where I have my horse and take care of cows, chickens, and work the land. I love being outdoors, growing my own food(although I'm not that good at it), and riding. I have ridden many disciplines, but as of now I ride cutting horses and dressage and I'm raising a filly. I did agility for years before I had kids and have a very talented and accomplished Sheltie named Lexie who we love. I miss it but I'll do it again one day when my kids are older. I'd rather be with them and enjoy their sweet spirits anyway. I love hiking, camping, and backpacking; the more remote the area the better. Above all, I love being home with my kids and spending time with my husband. I don't really enjoy cooking, but I love to eat. I love this church. I converted to this church at age 19 and when I think about where my life would be without it I shiver. Everything good in my life comes from this church and Heavenly Father's blessings.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I converted to the church I was living life all wrong. I made all the wrong choices chasing happiness that I would never find down those roads. I was lost, alone, and angry. Then I became friends with 2 LDS kids at my High School. At first I thought they were weird because they were different. How were they different? They were happy, confident, peaceful, and welcoming. They seemed to know exactly who they were and where they were going. I agreed to meet with the missionaries at their invitation and they both gave me a Book of Mormon with their testimonies written in them. It took me 2 years to get up the courage to join the Church. I was unsupported in this choice as my parents were very against this 'cult' as they called it. I was also engaged at the time to a young man who was not supportive of my choice. Then the day came that I knew I could no longer ignore the truth and I was baptized. Although I ended up not marrying that young man, and there was a rift between my parents and myself, from that moment on my life began to change for the good. This road and these choices are difficult, but it is all worth it. My husband and I were destined to be together and have this family. Everything makes so much more sense now that I have the Gospel in my life. Now I know who I am, and where I am going. And I desire very much to share this with others and for them to have the happiness that I know in my life.

How I live my faith

My big goal right now is to try and make sure my children grow up to be better people than I am. More humble, more patient, more kind, more faithful, and more obedient. In order to give them their best chance I feel that I need to live as righteously as I can and walk as closely with Christ as possible. I'll never be as good or perfect as I want to be, but I can try my best and repent when I need to. I enjoy attending church every week, I love teaching the young women every week, and going to the temple is just about the best thing there is. I try my best to keep the influence of the world out of my home and we are careful about what we watch, what we read, and what we listen to. Reading the scriptures and praying both as a family and individually is essential to have the discernment of the Holy Ghost with me so He can teach and lead me at all times. I believe animals are an important gift and teaching tool from Heavenly Father and I try to follow their examples of unconditional love and faith. Animals have also been a way that Heavenly Father has comforted me in times of need, and He has used animals to bless me in other ways too. Because of these things, there is a joy and peace in my life that is incredible. Life is amazing! It's been a long, hard road to get to where I am and I have fought hard. However, I know I need to continue to fight if I want to keep progressing. I know I will stumble and fall short of what is expected of me, but I won't give up.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Heather
Yes! Everyone is welcome and wanted at church! I bring visitors as often as I can. As a convert, I remember my first church service and it seemed very foreign to me. It's a lot quieter than some other church services and tends to be traditional and reverent. And it's 3 hours long, not 1! We play beautiful organ or piano music to sign our hymns to. We pray that the spirit would reside in the meeting and teach us, and take sacrament (or communion in other congregations) every week. Then we are taught during the service by assigned speakers who are other members of our congregation. I love this aspect because there is always someone you can relate to! Our Bishop and priesthood holders preside over this meeting. People of all ages and walks of life, including families, are there. We don't applaud after special musical numbers or performances because we want to be reverent and feel the Holy Spirit. We don't pass a plate to collect offerings. Then second hour we get to go to our choice of Sunday School classes where we delve into the scriptures and teachings of the prophets. Gospel Principles, Gospel Doctrine, and marriage or temple classes are a few that are offered. The second hour is a bit more informal and some great discussions are had. Third hour we split into Young Women's group, Relief Society (women 18 or older), or Priesthood where we learn more lessons in the scriptures and other core principles. It's so great to be able to fellowship with your peers in these groups! Show more Show less