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Hi I'm Heidi Black!

I'm a happy wife! I love to laugh, smile, cook, learn about human heath, and speak Spanish/ sing whenever and wherever I can! 🎶🎶

About Me

Hello! I'm Heidi! I love life, making people laugh and beautiful things! Through the challenges I face, I do my best to reflect and understand God's wisdom in how He is conducting His plan for me. I am consistently striving to be a witness of Jesus Christ. I desire to become the person God needs me to be. Nothing really stops me from enjoying the pleasant, simple things in life. As long as I can laugh, be with my family forever and feel the Spirit, I am content. My trials cannot take those things away from me. :) I'm the oldest child in my family. I have 3 brothers and 1 sister. I love each of them, with all my heart! I have amazing parents! I treasure their love. Love comes in many forms, and I am forever grateful for ALL the forms of love they have shown me, since day one. :) I love the Book of Mormon. Alma the Younger is one of the prophets I love to read about. This sacred book truly testifies of Jesus Christ. Prayer is truly sacred to me. I feel how familiar and personal the Savior really is to me when I pray. Daily prayer helps us to speak to Heavenly Father, feel of His unconditional love and strengthen our relationship with Him and His Son, Jesus Christ. I LOVE to sing! It helps me to express myself. I'm passionate about good music that has positive, uplifting vibes and also which helps me stay in touch with my spiritual side and be happy. :) I'm a goofball, I have tons of silly quirks, I love to smile, I love the Savior, Jesus Christ. And I'm a Mormon. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon by choice. I was born to a mother and father who are both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Although I was born into a Mormon family, I had to decide whether or not I wanted to be baptized when I turned 8 years old. Children in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are given the choice to be baptized or not, when they turn 8 years old. The reason for this is because we believe that when a child is old enough (8 years old) to make a decision and understand what it is that they are deciding to do, it is up to them to then make that choice. God has given all of us the ability to choose freely whatever they want to do with their lives, whether it is a good or bad decision, and the word that describes this is called agency. We also believe this to be a true blessing and gift given to us from Him. We are all here to experience life on earth with these mortal, physical bodies which God has also given to us. Because we chose to follow Heavenly Father's plan for us, which is a choice we made as spiritual beings in heaven before we were born, we are here on earth to show our Heavenly Father that we are still keeping true to that promise. It is my firm belief and testimony that all of us can have a desire to follow Jesus Christ, even if we all have different spiritual backgrounds and beliefs. No one's faith is more or less beautiful in His loving eyes. Not everyone will be a member of this Church, but that certainly does not mean that their relationship with God is any different. I love finding common ground and similar beliefs with other faithful people in my life who aren't members of this Church. God-fearing people inspire me, even if there are differences. God created us to be different so we can bless each other with our own unique spiritual strengths and gifts. I am using my agency to live a faithful life as an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and live a Christlike life for all to see.

How I live my faith

I live a faithful life by doing my best to be a Christlike example. I know that as I strive to keep a repentant heart, pray often with real intent, keep God's commandments, attend Church each Sunday and renew the covenants (promises) I made with Heavenly Father when I was baptized, attend the temple regularly and other such things, I know I am living a faithful life to the best of my abilities. It isn't easy. All of us are sinners. We all sin differently and in many ways, too... but God has a plan for each of us. He knows we will make mistakes, but He has sent us here to gain experience and have faith in Him. Ever since I was a little girl, I understood that faith is like a tiny seed. When it is planted in our hearts, it grows! But we all know what happens to seeds when they aren't cared for properly. It stops growing and it doesn't become a flower, tree or whatever it was meant to be. Faith is an action word. In order for someone to have faith, they need to start doing things in their lives to first plant it, and then keep it growing. Faith is always there. EVERYONE has a seed waiting to grow. To me, faith shows that everyone is capable and strong, even when they don't believe they are. It is simply up to us how strong we desire it to be. Living a faithful life requires constant effort. Every seed needs DAILY sunlight, water, and even shade sometimes. That means we are required to do our part. To find the right kind of soil, the tools, the water, and a good place to plant it. We may even need something to help us remember that we need to take care of it if we know we might forget about it. It is the same with strengthening our faith. Daily scripture study and prayer, uplifting music, good friends, temple attendance, going to church each Sunday and other such things will help one's faith endure and be strong. We are all at different stages of life, but I testify that one who decides to live by faith never feels alone, sad, angry, confused or lacks in confidence.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Heidi Black!
First of all, let's talk about sin in general. If we seek it out, THEN it is a sin. If we don't invite it, that makes it an accident. We can dismiss it from our minds and hearts, and do many things to prevent it from happening again. I know that as we decide to stay away from pornography, and never desire to seek it out, the spread and influence of pornography will stop with us- and it does make a difference. Pornography is evil. Satan uses it to try to ensnare God's children and make them feel captive and prisoner to him. He will make it seem to you that your weaknesses are the biggest factor of what makes you the person you are, when you look in the mirror or take time to reflect on how you truly feel about yourself. He will tell you that you are unworthy of God's love, and you may lack in confidence and faith to break free. The amount of time you have struggled with it might make it hard for you to believe that you could ever stop such a horrible pattern of sin in your life - whether it's been weeks, months or even years, and even with how often you seek it out. You may feel embarrassed, alone, scared, sorrow and hopeless in the midst of it all... In the name of Jesus Christ, I promise you that the healing power of the Atonement is more powerful than any temptation or influence that Satan could have on you. His love will make you whole. Read the story of Alma the Younger, and he will tell you his story. It is possible and it can be your story, too. Your heart can change. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Heidi Black!
The priesthood is best described as the power and authority for a man, who is worthy, to act in the name of Jesus Christ. The priesthood is essential in this life, because it is needed in order for a man or woman to make and keep very special, very sacred covenants with their Heavenly Father. The priesthood is a form of responsibility given to every man, or young man (ages 12 and up), and they are expected to respect and honor this responsibility. I have come to love, appreciate and admire the men in my life who hold the priesthood, because they were, and are, able to act in the name of Jesus Christ in order to bless me. If I need extra guidance, strength, council or comfort, I can ask for a special priesthood blessing to receive those boosts that I need. Someday, I will marry a man who is a worthy priesthood holder so that I, and my children, can be blessed and protected in this mortal journey. I encourage you to ask your local missionaries for more information of this sacred responsibility. I hope I answered this question in a way that those who read can understand clearly. There tend to be a few words which we use a lot that probably don't make sense. Please don't hesitate to ask us what we are talking about. I promise that as you listen to us and to the Holy Ghost, as we speak, you will feel familiarity with these "new" or "strange" terms and words. I know that the priesthood can and will bless your life personally. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. Show more Show less