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Hi I'm Heather

I’m a quadriplegic. I live in a nursing facility. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’ve been a member of the Church all my life. I was a missionary in Munich, Germany. It was beautiful. Unfortunately, I came home sick. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. My family didn’t live close to any cities, so I moved in with my grandparents until I could find a place of my own. I worked and went to school while seeing both a counselor and a psychiatrist. I had my ups and downs, but I kept going. I hit a low point and was struggling to come out of it, and making some progress, but not nearly enough. I drove to our biannual church meeting at Salt Lake, where the Prophet, Apostles and other Church leaders speak to us. On my way back to the Phoenix area, I had a horrible accident outside of Las Vegas. I’ve been told I woke up after 5 days, but I don’t remember much of that month. I was flown back to Phoenix. I had 2 sets of grandparents and lots of cousins in the Valley. My parents moved closer for a while. I went back to school until I broke my ankle. I tried to go back that fall, but it was too early. I’ve tried several times since, but haven’t made it yet, though I’m not giving up. I get out and about as much as I can: going to church, shopping, visiting the library, out to eat with friends, watching movies, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m in a much better place now than I was before the accident. Yes, my body is paralyzed, but I’m more alive and well mentally, emotionally, socially, and especially spiritually. I still get a little depressed and angry, who wouldn’t? I no longer suffer the symptoms of bipolar disorder! That’s a much better trade off in my opinion. I’m free, freer than I ever was before. I love being able to truly study the Scriptures. There are times when I’m only reading words, but when I start with my mind and heart in it, it means so much more. I love that Spirit. When I was too sick to go to church, the Sacramental bread and water were brought me, but it’s not the same. I like to be with the members in singing and prayer as well as listening to the Good Word. I’ve been blessed with a very strong testimony of the Book of Mormon and the Bible, the Gospel of Jesus Christ found in our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, of the Church leadership, the Holy Ghost, the spirit of healing, family history, Temple work, and so much more.

How I live my faith

I’ve always been told how important it is for us to do our family history, but I was not in a big hurry to do so until my great aunt and uncle passed away within a month of each other. Later that same year, my grandpa also died. I had no idea how to begin my own work. With help from our Family History Center and the FamilySearch website, I was able to prepare them to have their Temple work done. We believe in the words spoken by Christ, that a man must be born of water and of the spirit or he cannot enter Heaven. In our Temples, we do the work by proxy for our ancestors. They still have the right to choose to accept or refuse. I am not able to do any baptisms, but there are other things for me to do. We also believe in eternal families. Christ brought forth the Priesthood, the authority to act in His name. Through this power, I have been “sealed” or bound to my parents and my great aunt and uncle can be “sealed” or married forever. That means as long as I and my parents live righteously, we too can live as a forever family! I love doing work for my family and I pray regularly that the Lord will help me do as he did and “go about doing good.” I enjoy being able to visit with others in the congregation as a visiting teacher, an opportunity to share the lives and testimonies of other sisters, and as my visiting teachers and home teachers (brethren) come to me. I have several friends in the congregation that come to visit me regularly: helping me clean and better organize my room, drive me to the Temple about once a month and other outings. My friends, my congregation and the Lord have been very good to me. I'm very blessed.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

We believe the Bible is the word of God. It was written by many Prophets and Apostles blessed with the Spirit of the Lord. This Holy Scripture has been a part of the lives of God's children from the time of Adam. Each prophet/apostle adding as the Lord directed. Over time, some has been lost and/or changed, there are yet great truths therein. We also have other Holy Scripture written by men of God: The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, a record of the ancient inhabitants of the Americas;The Doctrine And Covenants, written for the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in these latter days; and the Pearl of Great Price, revelations, translations and writings of Joseph Smith. Show more Show less