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Hi I'm Heather

I'm a Disney Trivia champion, a blogger, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the DC area, grew up in Washington state, went to BYU (where I met my husband), and then spent the last nine years in the Midwest putting him through medical school, residency and fellowship. I am a voracious reader, whose favorite class in college was a toss-up between choral conducting and Polynesian dance. Now I'm a stay-at home mom to four kids ages eight and under. I love to have people over for good food and games. I must admit to being a wee bit competitive, especially at Disney Trivia. I love old musicals, quoting movie lines, singing, taking pictures, editing them in Photoshop, and blogging about the life that is unfolding around me.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was seven years old, my parents took me to the baptism of a girl just a year older. As I watched her go under the water and then reemerge, totally clean, I felt a powerful warmth flow through my body. I knew that being baptized was what God wanted me to do. As I grew older, I tested the strength of my testimony by taking the challenge in the back of The Book of Mormon. I asked God, really wanting to know, if this book, and thus, this church was true. I received an answer - yes, this is God's church restored to the earth. The Book of Mormon is true, and Joseph Smith was a prophet who translated it by the power of God. I felt of its truth and I still know it. I was blessed to do a study abroad in Jerusalem for a few months during my sophomore year of college. That was an incredible opportunity to immerse myself in the Old and New Testament, learning all I could about the Savior. Now, as a wife and mother, I need the gospel more than ever. I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me and prepared a way for me to return to Him and live with my family after this life. This testimony is my greatest treasure. I try to share my love of the Lord with my children so that they may develop the faith necessary to face the trials of today and know where to turn for comfort and help.

How I live my faith

I have the best job in the church. I get to teach the twelve and thirteen-year-old girls about the gospel. We study the scriptures together, discuss questions, problems, and build each other's faith. There is nothing like helping nurture the testimony of the youth. I love being part of this great work of helping girls discover who they truly are and giving them the tools to develop their own relationships with God.

What is being a Mormon like?

Heather
Being a Mormon is a pretty big time commitment. We pray and study the scriptures daily, alone and in families, we attend church for three hours on Sunday, and attend other meetings and offer service during the middle of the week. Mormons don't just go to church on Sunday, we live our religion every day. But the perks are awesome. We know who we are. We know why we're here. We know God's word through the prophet, and through personal revelation. We know what happens after we die. We know where to turn when problems come. We know how to find joy through obedience. Being a Mormon rocks. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Heather
This is one of the coolest things about the Church. We believe that every person needs to be baptized to be saved. But what about the countless people born without a knowledge of who Jesus even was? Will they automatically be shut out? No. Mormons find names of people who have died without being baptized. Then they go to the temple and are baptized in place of that person (using the deceased's name). Now the person has the choice - they can accept the gospel or not, but the essential baptism has been taken care of on earth, giving them the opportunity to choose. Show more Show less