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Hi I'm Heidi

I grew up in the Philippines. I love art and music. I like to be organized. I am a wife and a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy graphic design and creating layouts for printing. I received a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with emphasis in commercial art. I worked for a brokerage firm in New York after graduating from college. I also worked as a graphic artist in New Jersey, California, Texas, and Washington. I love what the computer can do to help me create newsletters, invitations, forms, books, and work with photos. I enjoy music. I can play the piano, guitar, and ukulele. I also love to sing even if I don't have the greatest voice. I am happy my daughters do. I love listening to melodious music too. Singing as a family around the piano brings back fond memories of what we used to do while growing up in the Philippines, which created a strong familial bond. My mom wanted all of us siblings to learn the piano which we did and consequently, we've always enjoyed singing and harmonizing together. I am a mother and have served as a volunteer in school PTAs, helping my children's teachers with whatever they need for their classrooms. I enjoyed doing bulletin boards so I could use my creativity. I also have generated many school flyers and communication pieces. I love being a mother because I love my children. Some of my greatest hopes and aspirations are about them. I love for them to have experiences that enrich their lives and develop their talents. I have felt tragedy too when my son's life was taken horrendously. This experience does not compare to losing my parents in their 70's and 80's.

Why I am a Mormon

In 1970, my family was proselyted by missionaries in the Philippines. They taught us about the Plan of Salvation–God's plan to help us go back to live with Him. They taught us about the prophet Joseph Smith and his role in the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. The missionaries were polite and respectful and taught us that families can be together. My parents lost two infants after birth years prior to this time, and they knew that through the teachings of the missionaries, the babies were not completely lost, like what the Catholics taught. The teaching about eternal families was appealing to us. The missionaries challenged our family to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. So we did. My father was baptized first, then my brother. Then came my turn, but before I could be baptized, I needed to find out for myself the truth about the Book of Mormon. I read the last chapters through the night, and I knelt by my bed to pray if it was true. I struggled for a bit to get an answer. I had to ask in faith and believe I would get an answer. Then I asked God again about it, and finally my heart swelled up, and pounded hard, and I felt an electrifying current that traveled from my head to my arm, and I KNEW the Book was true. I also knew that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. I knew the authority of God was on the earth again. My baptism was sweet to me. I was baptized in the Laoag River, confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost became my companion in my life. My membership in the church brought so many blessings and joy to our family. Through the Church, I was able to attend BYU-Hawaii, get married in the temple, and my family sealed for time and eternity. I have come to fully appreciate God's love for me, the atoning sacrifice of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and I love them for it. Life would be empty without them.

How I live my faith

Having been a member for over 40 years, I have become a more well-rounded person. My active participation in the church has buried the timid girl I used to be. In church, I learned to share my beliefs through giving talks, teaching capacities, and organizing and planning activities for the adults, youth, and children at different times of my life. Currently, I work with the youth of the church in Tacoma as the president of the young women auxiliary. Together with my counselors, we plan events for the youth that would strengthen their faith in Christ, help them to be virtuous and pure, live their lives so they have the constant guide of the Holy Ghost, develop strong friendships with their peers, and be role models in their schools. We also oversee that the smaller young women auxiliaries under our stewardship are following the program as outlined by the church. "My house is a house of order," said the Lord, so in the church, we follow certain procedures and guidelines to keep it so. The youth of the church are the future leaders and we teach them so that they can learn how to be one. We also teach them standards and values to help them make correct choices and maintain their integrity. I also visit teach women in my ward to nurture and care for them with whatever they might need. I am a friend to them. At home, my family pray and read scriptures daily, we have family night every week, and eat dinner together as often as possible. My husband and I teach our children the gospel of Jesus Christ with the hope that they will not depart from his ways and teaching. We endure trials with the belief that these trials will make us stronger and enriches our faith in God, who knows all things. We also love family time, and encourage each other to be our best. We fully participate in church programs and events, and we find joy in mingling with fellow members as they strengthen us. We also fast once a month and give fast offerings to the church to be used for those in need.