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Hi I'm Heather

I'm from rural West Virginia. I've used a wheelchair since I was eleven. I love sci-fi, geography, and writing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I inherited a degenerative illness called Charcot-Marie-Tooth from my father, and I’ve used a wheelchair since I was eleven. Having a disability changed the course of my life, but I don’t think I would take a cure if it was offered to me now. My parents were foster parents for many years, which allowed me to get to know many people from different backgrounds. I'm grateful for where I came from and excited to see where God leads me next.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up going to a Protestant church, but even as a child, I couldn't agree with some of the things that were taught there. For example, many believe that everyone who doesn't worship God in this life will be doomed to an eternal torment, but anyone who accepts Christ's sacrifice will go to Heaven, no matter what evil acts they commit. To me, that didn't sound like a God I wanted to praise, so I sought out other options and eventually became an atheist. A few years later, I met a Mormon for the first time. At first I wasn't interested in his religion, but eventually I noticed that there was something different about Mormons. When my friend went on his mission, he taught me about the church in his letters and emails. I didn't pay attention in the beginning, but eventually I realized how beautiful the gospel of a loving Heavenly Father was and recognized that this was the belief system I had searched for as a child. I read the Book of Mormon twice, but struggled with prayer. A few months before my friend finished his mission, I was going through a dark time. I spent a whole night pouring over the scriptures and begging God to let me know if the gospel was true, and I received an answer that I couldn't possibly deny. It was the most beautiful and sacred experience of my life. I know this Church is true, I know that God is a loving Heavenly Father, and I know that Christ's atonement is there for every child of God who will ever live.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by looking for ways to serve others every day. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to attend one of our Institutes of Religion, which offers classes in gospel subjects to college students. Currently, I serve as the institute president, which means I lead the students here in planning activities and other day-to-day functions of the institute, as well as having a responsibility to assist in the spiritual well-being of my fellow students. I love having the opportunity to spend time around other young adults who share my beliefs and learn more about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

The Bible teaches that baptism is required for salvation. We believe that those who have passed on without the opportunity to be baptized still have a chance to accept the gospel in the afterlife. In the temple, we perform "baptism for the dead," which means that we are baptized on behalf of those who have gone on before us. The Bible mentions this practice in 1 Corinthians 15. The individuals for whom we perform these proxy baptisms are then able to choose whether they wish to accept or decline this ordinance. Show more Show less