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Hi I'm Heather B.

I'm a busy mom! I love color, creativity, and ingenuity. My favorite thing to do is volunteer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother to five great kids, ranging in age from 2-15, and a wife to my best friend. We have a lot of fun together. We love to make things (crafts, cakes, Lego buildings, sand castles, anything involving paper and double stick tape.) Having five children has been a remarkable adventure and I love it. When I was young I knew I wanted to be a mom someday. When I went to college I chose a major that would help kids with "learning differences." Little did I know that those two dreams of mine would come together by raising a family and volunteering in the community. Within my family we have individually dealt with some pretty interesting labels, dyslexia, ADD, epilepsy, speech delays, as well as gifted and talented. The truth is, we are all just a little bit different and I believe with a little creativity, we can bring out the best in each other. The years my daughter struggled with dyslexia we started a book club to encourage and inspire other girls to love reading. Our little club had members from California to Virginia, Texas to Indiana. I believe if you find something that works for you, it just might work for someone else. So we shared! Today my daughter is an outstanding reader. She inspires me by the way she has overcome her obstacles. I love volunteering at our local schools, serving as a Girl Scout leader, fulfilling church assignments, and lending a hand where needed in our Texas community. I believe each one of us can make a difference.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother taught me her religion with conviction. As a Jehovah's Witness, she raised me with the courage to seek out answers to questions and study them out. She raised me to understand dedication. In high school, I became associated with several members of the LDS Church. My genius friend in math was LDS. My cheerleader friend in Health was LDS. The basketball star was LDS. To top it off, my crush in Art was LDS. We seemed to have a lot of things in common. Over the years I came to respect the LDS people and realized they were as passionate about their faith as my mom was about hers! This made me start to ask some tough questions about what really is true and what I personally believe. For a couple of years I was confused and torn. I went to the library and read a lot of religious books. I started to believe it was impossible to prove a religion true. Although I have tremendous respect for worldwide religions in general, I never could deny my love for Jesus Christ. There was something planted so deeply in my heart that I couldn't deny Him. I made up my mind that I wanted to be a Christian, but wasn't sure which Christian religion to join. I read the Book of Mormon with an eye to find its flaws, but instead found it to be filled with faith promoting stories and verses of Jesus Christ! I really connected with Joseph Smith's story of searching for the true religion. I prayed with all of my heart many days and nights, even years, but did not receive an answer to my prayer to know what to do with my religious life. It wasn't until the timing was right, that my prayers were answered. I had studied many things out in my mind, but it was an answer that ultimately came to my heart that I followed. At eighteen, I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My relationship to our Savior has grown immeasurably sense then. I feel His love daily. I am forever grateful for the path that led me closer to Him.

How I live my faith

In the Book of Mormon we can read about a Prophet named King Benjamin. One of the things he said echoes in my mind and heart everyday. He said, "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." I live my faith by looking for opportunities and accepting opportunities to serve others. I have been able to join a great group of people simply called "volunteers." These people come from all different races, religions and statuses. It is a privilege to join forces and feel their spirit as we serve together. I believe we are all God's children and I have felt that working as a volunteer. Whether helping in the school, teaching a Sunday School lesson, camping with scouts, or serving as a volunteer in an emergency Red Cross shelter, I feel Christ's love encouraging me to give back whenever I am able. I live my faith by accepting the fact that I will make mistakes, everyone does, but through Christ's Atonement, I can be forgiven. We do the best we can and He makes up the difference. I live my faith by sharing it with my children and anyone else that might be interested. Just like finding a wonderful recipe begs to be shared, I feel my faith teaches a wonderful recipe for life and I'm happy to share the recipe! I live my faith by being tolerant and understanding of other people. My faith teaches that everyone has been given a God given gift to choose for themselves, how they live their life and what they believe. I don't expect anyone to agree with everything I think. We are all individuals and we are supposed to be different. I strive to live my faith every single day and hope my children will someday look back on my life and agree.