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Hi I'm Heather

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of three, married to my best friend. I happily stay home with my kids every day. I love music. Especially music that makes me want to dance. I graduated from Chapman University in Orange, California, in Social Sciences. History is one of my favorite subjects, and I look forward to a time of life when I will have more time to read. I have a goal to become a runner. I recently lost a bunch of weight, after my third baby, by working out really hard with weights, bootcamp-style classes and eating better. My friends, neighbors and family have supported me and cheered me on. They have helped motivate me to keep it up! I can't believe that I'm in that place where working out is actually FUN. I am a certified scuba diver. The ocean was my biggest fear. I conquered this fear, and have enjoyed my new hobby. I went swimming with whale sharks by Isla Mujares (near Cancun, Mexico), and went diving several times around Cozumel. I wish that everyone could experience the exhilaration of being in that beautiful under-water world. It is seriously cool, in every way. Plus, my hubby and I now can scuba dive together. We love it. I'm addicted to BBC movies. Each time my husband catches me watching one, he says, "ANOTHER ONE?! How many of these can there be?!" My mom is my hero. She says that "if you have a brain and 2 hands, you can do anything." She proves that statement by the way she lives. She drives heavy-duty farm equipment, and can buck bales of hay like there's no tomorrow.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. I knew that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true from a very young age. When I was in college, I struggled with this knowledge, due to a difficult situation in my family. I made some mistakes, but knew I needed to pray about whether or not the Church was true. I prayed, and my answer came in a very personal way. One of my family members called me that day to tell me he was being baptized. I felt the Spirit confirm to my heart that my testimony had been there all along. I married my husband in the temple. I cannot deny the spirit that I feel each time I'm in the temple. It is a Holy house of the Lord. My knowledge of the Gospel of Jesus Christ grows as I personally study, pray and meditate on the His words. I love Him and know that He suffered for my sins. He died for me. He was resurrected and promises that I can also be resurrected and live eternally with my family. This is the most beautiful piece of the Plan that there is. Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's prophet today. He really is the mouthpiece of God. We do not worship him. We worship Jesus Christ. Our church is the only church who has the true Priesthood authority and keys today. The Gospel has been restored. It is true. I know this, and am not ashamed of my knowledge.

How I live my faith

I serve in my local church as the first counselor in the Relief Society (organization for women 18 and older). I help our teachers and music leaders. I get to visit many women, and get to know them and their stories. It has been a blessing to do this, because I am the one who is lifted and helped. Sometimes I feel inadequate, but I remember that I am just an instrument in His hands. I am doing the best that I can. My love for serving others grows each time I get the opportunity. We serve all people in our area who are in need, not just the members of our church. I study the scriptures. I feel a personal connection to Heavenly Father as I do this. I can see His hand in my life as I apply the scriptures' messages to my day-to-day experiences.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Heather
The grace that Christ gives to us is necessary for us to be saved. Without His powerful act of suffering for our sins, dying on the cross, and being raised up again on the third day, we would be left without meaning or hope. He asks us to follow Him. This means that we are to do as he did, in word and action. Serve others, be kind, visit the poor and sick, help those in need...etc. These are acts that He would do if he were here. He loves each of his children. True love and charity are simple attributes that we can develop to become like Him. He asks us to keep his commandments. If grace were all we needed, there would be no need for us to do good deeds. We could merely drift through life without any good works. Our faith in Jesus Christ compels us to act. We want to do all we can to show him that we love Him. I believe that His grace is the mercy that He extends to those who need His divine help. He loves us enough that He suffered tremendously, beyond our comprehension. When we have the knowledge of the Gospel, we can act upon our knowledge. If we do not have this knowledge, His hand extends with mercy to make up whatever we lack. We act according to our knowledge. We have the Restored Gospel on the earth today. We learn how to follow Him. We do our best. His grace makes up for the rest. We do not need to be perfect, but we try to follow in His ways. Show more Show less