What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Heidi

I'm the mother of 3 wonderful children. I'm a Sign Language interpreter, a children's advocate and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I recently took our youngest child to college so we now have a mostly 'empty nest'. I say mostly because I am blessed to be the mother of an "angel child" who lives at home with us and is a joy to everyone he meets. I have loved being a mother and nurturing our 3 children, learning a great deal in the process. When our oldest was diagnosed I quickly became his advocate, working to build bridges and tear down myths. I have had the opportunity to use what I learned to help other families with special needs children and serve at-risk youth in my community. I will probably always be an advocate. I work as a free lance Sign Language interpreter. I was only 8 years old when I first saw someone using sign language and decided someday I would learn to talk with my hands. It took 2 decades before I was in a position to go back to school and earn an interpreting degree. I love everything about this beautiful language and have met some of the most wonderful people as a result of my career. When I have free time I love to read, sew and put puzzles together. With my family I enjoy camping, road trips to visit relatives, amusement parks, boating and going to the state fair in the fall. It will be interesting to see what is in my future now that I'm facing a new season of life.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the Church when I was born, however I didn't receive my own testimony of it's truthfulness until I was in high school. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints isn't just a matter of what I believe but includes who I am. I can't imagine my life without the guiding influence of the Savior. The Gospel of Jesus Christ gives me peace even when the world is in turmoil. It gives me hope for the future, not just for myself but for all mankind. It shows me a way to live, how to have good health, teaches me about being a good mother, and so many other things. Through the Gospel I have learned how much my Heavenly Father loves me and that He is aware of even my smallest concerns. I never feel lost or alone because I can always rely on Him to help me. I am grateful to know and understand that I am a daughter of God.

How I live my faith

Currently I teach, provide training and support adult leaders of the young women organization in my area. Part of this responsibility also involves attending youth dances, teaching youth leaders how to plan, and organize activities, then report their progress; also I oversee the planning and realization of a week long girls camp each summer. I am constantly impressed with the teenagers I have worked with. They inspire me to be a better person. I am also privileged to be able to visit monthly with several women from church. We chat about how they are doing, what's new in their families, if they need my help in any way and we share our feelings about the Savior Jesus Christ and how He blesses our lives. Over the years I've had many opportunities to teach multiple age groups. I have found that I really love teaching and take every available opportunity to substitute when a Sunday school teacher falls ill or is out of town. Serving in my community brings me a great deal of happiness.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We believe it is through the grace of the Atonement of Jesus Christ that we can be saved, or in other words, return to live with our Heavenly Father. This grace is a gift for everyone, however it is connected to our actions. We cannot be saved in our sins, which means we must do our best to live as Jesus Christ taught and exemplified. When we make mistakes we must repent and turn from those things that lead us away from Christ. What a blessing it is to know that even though we will never be perfect in this life, if we strive to be like the Savior, His Atoning sacrifice will make up for our imperfections. Show more Show less