Hi I'm Heather
I'm a wife and mother of two young children. I love my pet tortoise. I am a hair doctor and enjoy working one day a week keeping people looking great. I like to think I live life to the fullest. I enjoy learning about nutrition and health. I love to cook exotic meals and try seeing what I can convince my family to eat and enjoy. A very proud moment for me was when my 1 year old devoured her tabouleh and my son asked for more seaweed and mochi. I'm particularly fond of exercise and triathlons. Hiking, biking, being outdoors and spending time with people that I love make me energized. I would adopt every orphan and every animal that needs a home if my husband would let me. My family is the source of my purest joy and peace. I am honored to be a mother. You could say that I'm artistic. I enjoy flair and a nice presentation. I'm an Arizona native, but It's been my pleasure to see a lot of our beautiful planet. I find people, cultures and languages exciting. I am humbled to learn from others every day. I love to try new things. I don't like to just get outside the box, I like to stand on it for a better view.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born and raised in the Mormon church, but being a Mormon was a deliberate choice for me. I traveled far from home after high school and found myself questioning a lot of things I'd been raised to believe, even the very existence of Heavenly Father. I'm grateful that I remained grounded and carefully considered what I really believed. I was able to be objective and dump out my bucket of beliefs, examine them all thoroughly, and retain what I now proudly can say that I believe. I realized that I truly believe in Heavenly Father who knows me well and loves me anyway. I believe in his son, Jesus Christ, and I recognize him as my Savior and Redeemer. He is my best friend and I strive to follow his pure teachings of love, compassion, and charity. Although I fall very short of his perfection, I am hopeful and happy because his grace is sufficient for me. There are some wild things about any faith, and mine is no exception. Joseph Smith may have suffered the follies of man, but he was an appointed prophet of God. He was humble enough to follow through with organizing the restored church, in spite of his short comings and the challenges that were to follow. I am grateful for the teachings of the prophets, ancient and modern, who give my life direction and teach me how to follow the Savior's path. I love being a part of this church, even though there are so many things I may not understand fully. I do know this, being a Mormon has blessed my life with immeasurable peace and understanding. The gospel is simple and the purest way to live a life full of love, direction, and happiness.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
When I make right choices, I realized the simple joy that comes from doing what I know I should. It helps reinforce that while there may seem to be a lot of "rules" being a member of a church like mine with high standards, those guidelines really save me from a lot of sorrow, heartache and hassle. Even if my life isn't perfect just because I strive to make right choices, I see that I am happier having done so. Especially when I contrast my life with those around me that have made poor choices. Over time, it is really easy to see the difference that making right choices has made in my life, and it only makes me want to try to do even better!
How I live my faith
I am lucky to live in an area where there are many member of my faith with whom I get to worship weekly. I attend church each Sunday (it keeps me grounded) and get to serve in the children's organization by playing the piano. I love hearing their simple faith through the songs they sing while I play. I'm glad my children will get to learn the same beautiful simplicity of the gospel. I try to find ways to serve those around me, whether or not they are members of my church. Bringing meals, tending children, or simply reaching out as a friend are ways that I accomplish this. I try to study the scriptures or church magazines regularly and teach the simplified concepts of what I learn to my children. I pray each day, sometimes carrying an ongoing conversation with God. I observe the word of wisdom, which is a code of health encouraging wise consumption of grains, fruits and vegetables, prohibiting the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea. I try each day to draw closer to my Savior and walk in the path he would have me follow.