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Hi I'm Heather

I'm the oldest of 5 adopted children. I'm a momma's girl. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have recently gotten engaged to the most amazing man that I have ever met. For the past couple of months I have been completely consumed by wedding plans and planning for my future with more than just myself in mind. Although planning your wedding to the man of your dreams is an exciting whirlwind of emotions and personal creativity, I have, more than once, found myself overwhelmed and stretched beyond my limits and abilities and really wishing that I could turn to my mother for advice and help. A girl needs her mother during this, the most important time in her life. A little over a year ago, my mother passed away after battling breast cancer for just over 2 years. I come from a family of 5 adopted kids. We were all adopted from different families and at different ages and times in our lives. I'm the oldest and I was adopted as an infant through LDS Social Services. The greatest blessing in my life has been the opportunity to be raised by a woman who really knew what she was doing and who brought us together as a family. Every great thing about myself, I learned from my mother.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church. I attended church meetings every Sunday and participated in family scripture study and family prayer every day. I was baptized when I was 8 years old. I attended Seminary in high school. My family was always strong in our membership. When my mom got sick I sometimes felt that it was unfair that she was the one who's life was wasting away when she hadn't wasted a day in her life. She was always serving others. She was kind and patient and understanding and loving. All the things that I really struggled with. I was really afraid that this would rock my faith and my testimony. I prayed fervently every single day that she would get better. But she didn't. When she passed away, I turned to my Heavenly Father in prayer. I started to read my scriptures. I came across Alma 7:11-12 which talks about how the Savior took upon himself the pains and afflictions of the world so that he would personally know how to comfort each of us individually in our trials. My testimony became so clear and strong and unshakable after than moment. I was sealed to my parents when I was just 11 months old. I got to attend the sealings of my siblings and I remember them well. Because of the sealing ordinance of the temple and teaching in the scriptures I have the knowledge that family units are forever. Which means that this earth life is not the end for us. I'm getting married in the temple because I want to be sealed to my husband for eternity. And I want our children to be sealed to us as a complete family unit. I love the feeling of security and peace I find in the gospel's principles and doctrines. This truly is Christ's church.

How I live my faith

Although I am currently without a calling in the church, I meet with other women in the church on a monthly basis to check up on them and to be checked up on. It's comforting to have that feminine contact that I have felt so without in the last year. Since I live away from home I depend on my ward family to help support me. I attend ward Family Home Evening activities on Mondays and I often have scripture study and family prayer with my room mates. My fiance and I live in different states so our scripture study is usually conducted over Skype or over the phone. I'm sure my room mates wonder why I read the scriptures out loud to myself all the time. :)

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Heather
Why wouldn't family be important?! Most of what we learn, we learn from our families. Having a loving, healthy environment in which to grow and develop is a great blessing. If your family environment is not ideal, you can choose to help make it better so that you can grow and progress together! Show more Show less