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Hi I'm Heather

I'm a student of sociology. I'm a football fanatic. I'm a Southern Californian, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in sunny Southern California. I love everything about my home state: from the perfect weather, to the fantastic beaches, to all the fun to be had at Disneyland. You can't beat it! After graduating high school, I left home to attend my university of choice. Since childhood I had developed a great love of writing, and I had always planned on studying English when I attended college. However, after a year of schooling, I discovered my deep passion for sociology. I love learning about people; I love understanding why people think and act the way they do. I love studying all the different social theories that have developed over time; I love discussing how those theories impact our society today. But don't think I spend all my time with my books! Every weekend in the fall you can find me in one of two places: in front of the T.V. or in our school's beautiful, majestic football stadium. If there's a game goin' on, I'm there! New roommates are usually quick to learn that SportsCenter time is sacred time during football season. I have lots of other hobbies: I play the flute, I love to bake, and I can beat anyone in a game of Five Crowns or Phase 10. I love chocolate enough, it SHOULD be considered a hobby all it's own. I am currently taking time off from my formal education to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in and around Everett, Washington.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the Church when she was 20, and is the only member on her side of our family. On my father's side, we go all the way back to the 1800s. So, I was raised by my parents to know, understand, and live the true doctrines of the Church. To some people, that might discredit what I have to say, or make them uncomfortable. One of the main focuses of sociology is to "question what you know." That is to say that if society, your family, your friends, or even you tell yourself one thing, you must question and study it to see if it is right. Often, the expectation is that with new information you will change your perspective. So, sometimes, some people may think that if you grew up in and stayed faithful to Christ's Church and His doctrines, you DIDN'T question what you knew, if (or because) you didn't deviate from it. The key is the process: know it, understand it, and live it. From a young age, I intellectually knew that the Church was Christ's true church; that the keys to a happy life are reading the scriptures, going to Church, praying, being baptized and preparing for the temple. Over time, what I knew didn't change--I just understood "why." I began to understand that reading the scriptures brings us happiness because they show us how to live according to God's will. I began to understand that making the covenants associated with baptism provide the way for us to live with Him again. I love the way I feel living the Gospel, so I continue to live it. I know the Lord blesses me for every effort I make to keep His commandments and follow Him. He has! I'm not perfect, by any means, but I've never deviated from living the Gospel of Christ because you don't need to deviate from it to know it. I have always known it to be true. Some people may think that means I've never questioned what others told me. I didn't need to be told. I found it out for myself. I live it because I know it is true. I know it is true because I live it. They are inseparable.

How I live my faith

When asked "how [do] I live my faith?" the first answer that pops into my mind is: "as best as I can." No one is perfect; we all have our trials. Even the most faithful of members of the Church have need for the healing powers of the Atonement of Christ. I live my faith by doing those things that Christ would have me do. I use the Atonement in my life daily--I strive constantly to be clean of all the little mishaps and mistakes and sins that I am guilty of. I live my faith by keeping the commandments--by keeping the sabbath holy by attending church and partaking of the sacrament; by reading the scriptures and applying them in my life; by making and keeping sacred covenants at baptism and in the temple. A large part of my life right now is completely and wholly dedicated to doing what the Lord wants me, personally, to do: to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church. In our faith, men are given the specific responsibility to serve missions. Women are given the option to serve a mission, if they feel the Lord wants them, personally, to serve one. I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve a mission. I spend 24 hours a day, seven days a week, trying to help others develop a closer relationship with their Savior. It's truly amazing. The primary way I live my faith, however, can be found where my sociological ideology, my goals and my beliefs all intersect. My greatest desire in life is to be a wife and mother. As a sociologist, there have been many times I've been told that such a goal is "conformist," "a waste of time," "limiting," or "self-degrading"--even by men and women of my same faith. I emphatically assert that these accusations are entirely and undeniably false. I bear you my witness that there is no greater joy than being sealed (married) for time and all eternity, in the holy temple of the Lord, to the person you love more than anyone else in the world. There is no worthier calling than to raise, nurture and teach the next generation.