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Hi I'm Heather C.

I love the beaches of North Carolina with a passion, I love kayaking, I love to sing and I'm a Mormon! :)

About Me

I come from a family of 11 children of which, I am number 8. I love to sing, read, and I have just learned to start enjoying running! I am currently attending BYU-Idaho and I am the first to do so in my family. I have learned that life has challenges that sometimes take years to get through. Someone once said "you need to have the rain first before you can have the rainbows" and I believe that to be true.

Why I am a Mormon

I first became a Mormon because my parents took me to church every Sunday and it seemed like that's what I should do. My real conversion came however when I was a young youth (ages 9-16). I had heard of Joseph Smith multiple times and read the Book of Mormon and I am here to share with you my process of conversion. I didn't understand everything at once, but you don't really need to when you understand truth...not all at once anyway.

How I live my faith

I am an active participant in my community and in my church community. It was just this past weekend that we participated ( church members and community members together) in collecting food for the needy in our shared community. What a great faith-building opportunity that was to get together with people of different religious backgrounds and share this service to help others. I believe that service can heal those wounds that we carry on our backs and in our hearts...it is truly liberating.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Heather C.
I understand why some people may feel like Mormons only help other Mormons. Our church is very focused on helping others within our church congregation with meals, housing, child care, and spiritual uplifting. However, a much more global effort goes on to help all around the world. Full-time missionaries (more than 53,000) serve in countries all around the world and their focus is mainly on those who are not members of this church. In my community we also have found ways to contribute and help others. We recently did a food drive for our community since many people in the States continue to be out of work. The church collects a tithing fund from each member and that money directly goes to a general humanitarian fund to help others, construct temples for the expansions taking place, and even contribute to the education of a particular country, community, province, or neighborhood. It is a wonderful effort and i've been able to help in it my whole life :) Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Heather C.
Yes. 100%. When I joined this church, I realized that having Prophets and Apostles today just makes sense. Why would God stop speaking to his children this way all of the sudden and without warning? In the Bible, God speaks to many prophets such as Abraham, Isaiah, Moses, Noah etc. God loves us and would not leave us without light. The only time where it feels like God has abandoned us is when we sin....as we see with civilizations being destroyed in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Yet, during that time, there is always some small sliver of light. For example, in the time of Noah, the small sliver of truth and light came when Noah warned the people of the flood, and those who heeded this truth and revelation from God were saved and protected from the flood. Such is it in our lives. As we heed the council and warnings of the Prophet and Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we will be protected. I have seen this in my life. I worship my Savior, Jesus Christ, and follow his revelation as it is revealed to me and as it is revealed to the Prophet. I know that this church only brings happiness into our lives. It may be hard to make changes sometimes, but once we change for the better and align our lives to become like Christ, we will be blessed. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Heather C.
No. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not endorse any specific candidates or parties. Each member of the Church is strongly encouraged to exercise their right to vote and choose a candidate that most agrees with their personal values and beliefs. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Heather C.
To me a testimony is the following: a declaration of truth that I have found through study and experience. It is based on real evidences that have presented themselves before me in my life. The "testimony" that 'Mormons' refer to are the basic truths that we share with other faiths--that of a Loving Heavenly Father, of a Savior named Jesus Christ and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints really is the only true church on the earth as restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. A testimony is meant to share the gospel message and should never degrade or drag other religions and beliefs down, but rather create a basis for pleasant gospel conversations to take place. Much good can come from sharing beliefs across cultures and religions. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending a church and attending a temple?

Heather C.
Mormons believe in temples just like the Children of Israel believed in their tabernacle. The children of Israel were commanded by the Lord in Exodus 31(Bible) to construct a tabernacle, a place of worship, unto Him. Only certain persons who were worthy and prepared could participate in the sacred ordinances within. For example, Numbers 1:53 (Bible) states that "But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.". Only the Levites, because of their calling, preparation, and worthiness, could have charge over the sacred tabernacle and perform the ordinances therein. Mormons likewise hold a similar view toward the temple--it takes appropriate preparation and understanding of the Lord's commandments and standards to enter therein. Members of the Latter Day Saint faith are interviewed by their local Ward Bishops before entering the temple. Through this process, the temple (much like the tabernacle of old) becomes a sacred and hallowed place. Latter Day Saint Church buildings differ from that of temples greatly. All visitors are welcome to enter the church buildings for weekly activities or church services that are held each Sunday regardless of their religious practice or belief system. Show more Show less