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Hi I'm Heidi

I'm a CASA for foster children in the court system. I'm a substitute teacher. I love to travel, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My twin sister and I were born in Germany and were blessed to be adopted by an American couple who couldn't have children. We were 3 days old. My mom always said if they would have put 3 babies together and called them triplets, she would have happily taken all three. After waiting 12 years for us, Mom had 2 children naturally within 2 years after getting us. All of us grew up knowing we were loved and wanted more than anything by our parents. We grew up mostly in Colorado, with horses, dogs and cats to love. I went to college at Ricks, a Mormon junior college and graduated with an associates degree in Sociology. I worked for 2 years and then went on a LDS mission to Japan, which changed my life. I loved the Japanese people. My parents had both been in WWII and had lost friends in the Pacific. They hated the Japanese and were not excited about my call to serve there. Through my mission letters their hearts were softened and they came to appreciate and love the Japanese. After I returned, I went to BYU where I met my husband. We both graduated and began our family. We have 5 children and we wanted every one of them. My youngest is the only one home now. I am happiest when they are all at home teasing me and playing games as a family. I love to teach, read books and garden. I love my border collie and either my husband or I take her running daily. We both play volleyball and I 'try' to understand his addiction to fantasy sports.

Why I am a Mormon

Religion was important to my parents, but they came from 2 different Christian faiths and wanted to make sure we were baptized in the right one, so we were baptized both Lutheran and Baptist. Still, mom and dad had questions and their church's answers didn't satisfy them. When I was around 7, Mormon missionaries knocked on our door and started teaching our family. My mom was baptized first, followed by the rest of the family. When I was in high school, I had some great friends who happened to do bad things. But I really liked them, & wanted to be accepted by them, so I joined them in some of their activities. They put no pressure on me. I'm the one who chose to go with the flow. In my senior year I came to a point where I was sick of living two lives- a home life & a school life. My mom was making us go to church still and I had heard a teacher talk about a promise in Moroni that read, "And when we shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost." That felt like a thrown gauntlet. I decided to read the Book of Mormon and do what Moroni had said; if nothing happened, I was going to live my life and not feel guilty any more. I started reading 3 chapters every day and praying every night. I wasn't going to screw up the process by not doing it right. I'd been reading for a few weeks when it happened. I was reading and I started crying. No one was in my room, no one had died in the book. I was reading truth and it felt a fire within me. I knew the Book of Mormon was true. If it was true, then Joseph Smith, who translated it, was a prophet, and if he were a prophet, the Mormon church was God's church. Spirit imprinted on spirit that night, and I can never forget it. GOD knows I know what He revealed to me.

How I live my faith

I serve at church in the Seminary organization. LDS youth in our area, as soon as they start 9th grade, attend an early morning 6 am seminary program before school. We study the scriptures with a focus on one book each year. This year (2011-2012) we are studying the Old Testament. Next year the New Testament, then the Book of Mormon, then the Doctrine and Covenants. After 4 years, the kiddos should have a pretty good idea of the principles and doctrines found in the scriptures. I help train teachers and support them throughout the year, as well as set up class rosters and obtain class supplies from the Church Education system. I am a liason with our local church leaders and also with bishops who lead our congregations (wards). I think one reason our youth can be valiant in their testimonies is because we challenge them to ask God for a witness of the truth. We don't want them to just believe their parents, their teachers, or bishops. Sure it's okay to lean on other's testimonies for awhile, but the goal is to obtain your own. Our church is built on personal revelation and personal testimony. When the spirit testifies to you, you learn 3 things quickly: One, the person knows Gods knows them. Two, God answers prayers. Three, God reveals truth directly to you through the power of the Holy Ghost. I am a Visiting Teacher in our women's organization. This means I am assigned other women in my ward to visit on a monthly basis. There is a message in The Ensign, a church magazine, to share. Almost every woman in our ward has a visiting teacher who is supposed to visit her once a month. Sometimes the month gets away from me and I don't make my visits. I try to make a phone call then. I also volunteer as a CASA to help kids in the foster care system and I substitute teach in the district my children grew up in. Life is busy and that's the way I like it.