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Hi I'm Heather

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to be active. Running and hiking would have to be my favorites, although playing biking, soccer, throwing a football, and doing cool gymnastic moves are great, too. I'm now a mother of 6 children ages 8 months to 11 years, so my energies are directed more toward running up and down stairs to get a clean shirt or put away laundry or make beds or calm an upset child. I still prioritize my health and work out each day, but motherhood has introduced me to many other activities that I enjoy. I love museum hopping with my kids. I love gardening- especially enjoying the fruits of our labors. I grew up playing the piano and now enjoy playing for my family and helping them to gain a love for music, too. I am beginning to quilt, and love the response I get from my family when I show them what I've created. I enjoy reading for myself as well as introducing my children to great stories and authors. I enjoy trying to preserve the many memories we create through blogging or scrapbooking. I'm desperately trying to find time to delve into the digital scrapbook world. In a nutshell, I realize there is a big world out there with lots to learn and discover. I don't want to miss out on any of it!

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate enough to be born and raised in a family that taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ. The patterns I learned were extremely helpful during my growing up years. Many youth turn to drugs, alcohol, sex, or other negative influences, I believe, in an attempt to "find themselves". Through gospel teachings, I learned that there are better ways. I was taught to rely on prayer with a loving Heavenly Father who knows me personally. I was taught that the scriptures have God's word for me. In fact, my dad often told me, "If you want to talk to God- pray. If you want God to talk to you- read your scriptures." I learned that there is a Prophet of God on the earth today who knows best how to counsel us, since he is aware of the challenges we currently face. From an early age, I learned to love and rely on the words of God's Prophet. As I have grown and faced challenges and decisions, I have had to find out for myself the truthfulness of the things my parents taught me. I am grateful for the knowledge I have of a loving Heavenly Father who truly knows what is best for me (even when it doesn't always seem that way), and a Savior who sacrificed everything for the love of all mankind. I have benefitted beyond measure through many practical skills our church teaches- emergency preparedness, living within our means, effective parenting skills, homemaking skills, and more. The camaraderie of good, honest, hardworking, goal-directed people is another added bonus to being a Mormon. Bottom-line, however, I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is lead by Jesus Christ himself, through living prophets on the earth today. I have enjoyed countless blessings and know that many of the best are yet to come because of my belief in Jesus Christ and his Church.

How I live my faith

Hopefully everything I do shows how I live my faith. Currently, most of my energies go toward raising my family. That is not an easy job- working all hours of the day and night, never knowing what conflict I'll have to resolve or what catastrophe I'll either have to face or try and evade, all on too few hours of sleep to function properly. Motherhood is a constant juggling act, trying to meet needs and wants when every child's urgency shouts, "This is an EMERGENCY and needs attention NOW!" It is in these moments of frustration, when I'm stretched beyond belief that my faith buoys me up. I am constantly reminded to pray for strength beyond my own. I plead for divine guidance and help, because I can't do this job alone. I also constantly asking for forgiveness when I fall short of my ideal! I hope that the way I live is teaching my children Who to turn to both in times of need and to show gratitude for all we've been blessed with. Outside of my home I try to live my faith by serving in my community and helping at my kids' school. God has no hands but our hands. It makes me feel good to know I'm partnering with God in using the gifts and talents He has given me to lift and bless others.