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Hi I'm Heather.

I'm a family physician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and have 3 great kids, and am so excited to be a grandmother (that's pretty new). I look after and support many wonderful people who are my patients. I spend a lot of time learning and performing music, as a drummer and percussionist. I have been to Italy and Cuba with performing groups, and am planning to go to Iceland next year as part of a community band. I also love the mountains: skiing, hiking and just being there. I am a danger in a bookstore: I love to read.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up attending a mainstream Protestant church, it did not "take" with me. I thought that Christianity was untrue, or at least irrelevant. I did have an important spiritual experience as a teenager. I was devastated when my beloved grandfather died suddenly. I sent my heart out to God or to the universe to ask how he could be utterly gone. To my astonishment, I understood with complete surety that my grandfather, the essential part of him, still existed. But I did not know anything about God or Christ. I thought it unlikely that God, should he/she/it exist, would have anything to do with organized religion. As I started my university career, I deliberately trained myself to become a scientist. Science advances not by proving hypotheses, but by disproving them. The scientific method is a very powerful tool but it is not suited to investigating claims of a spiritual nature. In my case, my nature and training led me to doubt the claims of Christianity. At this time I met my future husband and his family, Mormons. They were such good people! I tried to disprove the teachings of the gospel (some of which seemed pretty outlandish to me.) I found that everything was internally consistent. That was not enough to believe it; but I had to understand that it was possible, before I was ready to receive the testimony of the Holy Spirit. Through prayer, and two years of study, that sure knowledge was given to me.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is paramount to my life and my identity. I feel joy and gratitude to my Heavenly Father as I try to live following the example of Jesus Christ. Over my 30+ years as a Church member, I have learned so many things! It seems that the most learning takes place when I am struggling to do what I don't feel I'm qualified to do. We are all leaders, learners and teachers together in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have taught all sorts of classes: religious, medical, and practical, including a stint of teaching New Testament to high school students at 6:30 a.m. every school day; to all ages and sizes of groups. There have been many other kinds of assignments. Currently my official role is to help anyone, whether a Church member or not, to become closer to their ancestors by assisting in family history research. Those are the external aspects of how I live my faith. More important is my personal relationship with my God and my Saviour. This is nurtured through daily prayer, scripture study, and service to others. It is a full life!