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Hi I'm Heidi Day Owen

I was an Air Force brat growing up. I lived in several difernt states and spent 3 years in England with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 5 grown children and a grandmother of 12. My family brings me my greatest joy. I am happiest when I am with my children or out in my garden. My husband calls me a tree hugger and I suppose that is an appropriate name since I love to dig in the dirt and do anything related to beautifying God's good earth. I am a beekeeper, worm keeper (they make great dirt), and at the end of 2012 will be an official master gardner for Cobb County, GA. Being a master gardener provides me with opportunities to volunteer in the community and help educate others who want to learn more about gardening. I participate in a neighborhood garden next to our home where I enjoy interacting with neighbors who like to plant and raise vegetables. Producing food for our family is very rewarding for my husband and I. We feel it is an important skill to have and share with others. When our children were living at home we rode bikes and ran races together as a family. We participated in the BRAG (Bike Ride Across Georgia), 400 plus miles over the course of a week, for several years in a row. It was great...no phones (before cell phones were a part of everyone's life), no TV, no cars, just us and the beautiful Geaorgia scenery. We still ride bikes and run races together as often as time and miles permit.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were Mormons. Some traveled to the United States from England, Whales, and Scotland. Some walked to Utah with the Mormon pioneers. I followed in their footsteps. However, as I studied the gospel in early morning seminary classes everyday before school for 4 years while I was in High School and then went on to college, I knew I needed to develop my own testimony. This testimony came when I attended college and continued to study the scriptures and pray to know for myself. I have an especially strong testimony of the power of the priesthood which worthy male members of our church hold. It has blessed my life and the lives of my children. When I hear talks given by church leaders the Spirit tells me their words are true. Following their counsel has kept me safe and blessed my life and the lives of my children. The world seems to be confused about so many things. It seems so many people do not know where or how to find happiness. I have found it in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Currently I work with the girls age 12 to 18 in the 6 congregations that make up our stake (a group of congregations). The girls have a program called Personal Progress where they set goals for themselves and strive to accomplish them before they are 18 and leave the program. I have worked along side them in this program and it has strengthened my testimony. Our church has so much to offer the youth of today...so much more than the world has to offer. When I am in a gathering of several hundred youth I can feel their goodness and I have grown to love them through this opportunity to serve them. I love being a part of our women's organization. Again, the church has so much to offer women. I learn spiritual truths, homemaking skills, organizational skills, how to strenghten home and family relationships, how to be a better mother, wife, daughter, sister, and grandmother, how to better serve my community. I have served in many different capapcities in the church and each time I learn how to be a better person, reach out to others, and serve my Heavenly Father. I know my Savior and my Father in Heaven love me. This has been evidenced to me over and over in my life. I value my quiet moments and feel renewed as I ponder spiritual triths each sabbath day. The Lord was wise when he gave us the Sabbath. He knew we would need a day once a week to ponder and pray and worship Him, to clear away the clutter, confusion, and busyness of our workdays. I am grtaeful for the Sabbath.