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Hi I'm Heather

I'm a single mother, a social work graduate student and a grandmother of eight and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've learned that life doesn't always follow the plan that we started with. Sometimes a plan B is necessary, and that's okay. Starting college during middle age was scary, but I love going to school and my daughters are cheering me on as I study social work. I look forward to a meaningful career helping others after I graduate. In my spare time, I love to travel, spend time outdoors, read, and enjoy good music by playing the piano and attending concerts. My daughters are some of my best friends, and although they all live in different states, we find ways to stay close in spirit. I also have close network of friends who laugh and cry with me over the trials and triumphs in our lives. I am blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon for my entire life. The teachings and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ have influenced my choices and provided guidance as I grew. However, I could not lean on the faith of my parents indefinitely and I tested the promise found in the Book of Mormon and received my own personal testimony as a youth. It has given me strength as I have faced challenges in my life. I know that I have a loving Father in Heaven who knows me and cares about what I do and how I feel. I have felt His hand both guide and carry me. I know that the Atonement of His son, Jesus Christ, was to pay the price of our sins and our sorrows. I love my Savior for the beautiful gift that He has provided each of us through His everlasting love. I am so very grateful for my knowledge of His plan of happiness, which includes the fact that I can continue my relationships with those I love past this life and into the next. I am also grateful that Heavenly Father has provided us with continued revelation through a living prophet here on earth today. I know that I can also receive my own revelation through the scriptures and through prayer. I need never be without direction because all I have to do is search the scriptures, listen to the words of a prophet and the whisperings of the Holy Ghost and I will be sure to find the answers that I seek. This brings peace to my life. I know that our prayers are heard and answered, and that our lives can be blessed by daily manifestations of God's love if our hearts are open and are turned towards Him. Life never goes exactly as planned. I have experienced bitter disappointment, trials and sadness, yet I know that God is directing my path and that if I put my hand in His with trust and live true to my convictions, I will never feel abandoned or alone. It is possible to live a joyful life despite difficult circumstances because of my faith in my Savior, Jesus Christ. His gospel provides light and hope to my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through service. Service is love in action. By serving others, I can show my love and gratitude to my Heavenly Father. I have been able to teach the youth and serve in leadership in their organizations. I have also played the piano for the children's program in our church (Primary). I have especially enjoyed working with the young adults, getting to know them, organizing events for them and providing leadership training. I also serve as a visiting teacher to several women where I visit them in their home each month, we catch up on each other's lives and share a gospel-centered message. Sometimes service is a hot meal, and sometimes it is just being there with a listening ear and an open heart.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

We are all children of God. That fact alone, makes each one worthy of assistance. Our church provides humanitarian aid and services around the world to Mormon and non-Mormon alike. My daughter is a full-time missionary for the church in Louisiana. She and her fellow-missionaries spent weeks of service to the victims of Hurricane Isaac. We are taught to follow the example of Jesus Christ and serve wherever there is need. Show more Show less