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Hi I'm Heath

I'm an accountant, a law student, a father – and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I (and our three young children) live quietly near the shores of the Puget Sound here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We love the serenity and ambiance of the Evergreen State. I am blessed to work for an excellent aerospace company prevalent in this region, and at night I attend graduate school where I am soon to finish a law program. Most particularly, however, I am blessed with an excellent family. My wife and I love children, and we love to teach children. We were fortunate to spend much of our first year of marriage teaching voluntarily at a boarding school (for elementary age students) in China, and it was there – in the beginning – that we were awakened to the joys of both service and children.

Why I am a Mormon

When Jesus Christ walked among men and taught the eternal truths of His gospel, He often spoke of the “Comforter” or the “Holy Ghost” that would bear witness to the hearts of anyone who sincerely wished to know and follow the example of Christ. Jesus taught that this “Comforter” would testify of Him, His divinity, and His gospel. (John 15:26.) Further, Christ’s apostolic disciple, Paul, also taught in the New Testament that “no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” (1 Corinthians 2:11.) Lastly, Moroni, an ancient prophet and disciple of Jesus Christ, taught that by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” (Moroni 10:5.) Moroni’s instruction is accompanied by both an invitation and a promise: The invitation is to approach God in simple, personal prayer and inquire of Him about the veracity of the scriptures (particularly the Book of Mormon), the divinity of Jesus Christ, or even the existence of God at all. The promise is ensured to all sincere inquirers that if they will ask with real intent a witness of the truth to any of these questions will be conveyed to their hearts. Both the invitation and promise are extended to anyone (and everyone). I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes nicknamed the “Mormon Church”) for no other reason simply than I have asked in accordance with the invitation above. I have asked – and I have felt the promised witness. I have felt a witness that is both undeniable and unmistakable, and by means of this witness I know that that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that it is a companion testament to the Bible. I know that God has not abandoned any of us as some in the world today might think. I know that He loves me and that He loves each of His children.

How I live my faith

This knowledge changes things – It changes my outlook on life – It changes the paradigms that govern my life. Who can look upon one’s self and perceive for the first time that you are actually a son or daughter of God and not feel changed? Who then can look upon one’s work associates, classmates, or family members and perceive for the first time that they too are actually sons and daughters of God (albeit some few a little more odd than others, but sons and daughters nonetheless) and not feel changed? The happiest and most fulfilling way that I live my faith is when I am serving these children of God. I live my faith by voluntarily teaching both at the church and in the community. I live my faith by donating time and means to those in need at hospitals, shelters, and food banks – or just to the neighbor in need next door. I live my faith best when I share these principles and precious opportunities to serve with my children and help them to grow alongside their mother and me. Additionally, I have been very blessed when I follow the counsel of ancient and modern prophets as it is found in the scriptures; blessings that (not the least of which) include good health, peace of mind, and very fulfilling relationships with my family. I have seen this Church, or rather, the doctrines espoused by this Church – doctrines of service, faith, and adherence to providential commandment – change countless lives for the better all over the world. I believe that each member of the Church has also felt the same spiritual witness that I have.