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Hi I'm Heather

I am a counselor. I am an avid rock climber. I am a strong believer that duct tape fixes anything. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the fourth of ten kids and I had a very adventurous and exciting childhood with my siblings. Through my upbringing, I gained a great sense of adventure and curiosity early on that continues to dominate my everyday life. Any adventure is a good adventure, even if the car breaks down or we manage to get severely lost in the wild... With that said, I love hiking, jogging, rock climbing, back packing, and most recently fly fishing, basically spending time in nature. Fresh air does the body good and God's creations never cease to amaze me. I enjoy meditating among them and breathing in their wonders. Recently, I married my best friend who is also an avid outdoor enthusiast. Our master plan is to continue our thrilling "half planned" escapades until we are broken in many pieces and consigned to wheelchairs. At that point, we plan on taking up bobsledding or NASCAR driving... In the past, I worked as a Counselor for people with eating disorders. I loved my job and I love helping people gain a new love and respect for their bodies. Recently, I finished nursing school at the University of Washington and eventually I hope to be a Nurse Practitioner. I love working directly with people and helping them to overcome or work through whatever health problems that are troubling their bodies. Our physical bodies are amazing blessings and it is a passion of mine to help people to recognize them as GIFTS and to work hard to keep them running as smoothly as possible.

Why I am a Mormon

The church has been such a great blessing in my life. It gives me so much direction and peace and happiness. From the gospel teachings, I have gained a great understanding of my relationship with God and of my purpose on this earth. I feel God's hand constantly in my life leading me by the hand through learning experiences, trials, and even heart break. I feel so close to Him and I know that He loves me. As I get to know God and His son Jesus Christ better, I see the world differently. I am filled with greater hope and a greater love for people around me, even people who I don't know well. It's difficult to explain, but that's what I feel. I am not perfect, in fact, I feel rather far from perfection, but as I gain a greater understanding of Christ's atonement, I am filled with peace and hope. Repentance is such a lovely and delicate gift. I am so grateful that I have been given so many opportunities to learn and that as I stumble, repentance helps me back on my feet again. I have prayed to know whether the LDS church is true and I have received my own answer, quite often, that it is. The answers come through undeniable feelings of joy, enlightenment, and peace. The more I read the Book of Mormon and the Bible, the more I attend church, the more I serve others, the more I pray, the more I do these things, I gain a greater understanding of my purpose on this earth. I am filled with more joy and peace and I cannot deny those emotions or satisfactions. Learning and living the LDS gospel, is the best thing that has ever happened to me. The experience is very personal and real. Life simply makes more sense with Christ's true teachings.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day whether through prayer, reading the scriptures, meditation, obeying the commandments, or serving those around me. Living one's faith is not a one time choice. It doesn't stop with baptism. I demonstrate my faith in Jesus Christ through daily decisions and choices. Some days I am better than others, but little by little I feel like I am becoming a better follower of my Savior and I feel like I am getting to know him on a more personal basis. I have had the pleasure to serve the Lord in various different capacities, although it will never add up to the service and blessings that He has given me. In the LDS church, we are given the opportunity to serve through "callings." Leaders in the church are not formally trained or paid, instead every day members are asked to serve the church and other members in various ways. It is a great way to serve and also learn leadership skills and compassion. I was able to serve as the Young Woman's President for a Spanish ward. This meant that I helped to organize the program for teenage girls. I planned and taught lessons and helped organize activities that would help these young women to face whatever challenges they encountered and gain new skills and talents. I love working with the youth. Another example of a calling I had was serving in the Relief Society Presidency, which focuses on strengthening the women in the ward and serving others. My most memorable calling was serving a mission for the church in Chile. I spent 1.5 years among the Chileans and taught the gospel and served whoever was interested. It was a very uplifting and tender experience. I have made friendships and memories there, that I will never forget. Currently, I teach a Sunday School class every Sunday which I greatly enjoy. There is always uplifting service to do in the Lord's church. Although, the best service we can give is by reaching out to others and lifting them up whenever we see the need whether we have a "calling" or not.