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Hi I'm Heidi

I love to read, write, and create art. I laugh a lot. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now, I'm embarking on a marvelous adventure... My husband and I are singing and dancing and laughing and washing dishes and folding laundry and trying to plan a career (all while trying not to burn dinner) through our first year of marriage. And we're loving it. I'm an editor, and I love art. My husband enjoys writing. One of our life dreams is to create children's books together. As soon as I finish my undergraduate degree in English linguistics, I'll try my hand at editing and illustrating his first story. I love to go on long walks outside, whether I'm chatting with a friend or simply enjoying nature and reflecting on life. Sometimes I get an itch to create something delicious in the kitchen, particularly when peanut butter and chocolate are involved. Occasionally I have impromptu dance parties in my living room on Saturday night. Any kind of family time is my best time. I'm never happier than when I have pile of colored paper in front of me. Scissors, glue sticks, crayons, and masking tape are some of my dearest friends. In the winter, I hang paper snowflakes from the ceiling. On summer afternoons, I create whimsical collages. Just like everyone else, I face challenges in life. But I try not to let that get me down. Because one of the things in life that makes me happiest is just being happy.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both members of the Church. When I turned eight, I had the opportunity to be baptized and become an official member of the Church as well. I gained my own testimony of the gospel by reading the Book of Mormon and praying to know whether it was true. I received a personal witness that Joseph Smith was a prophet called by God, that he translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God, that this Church is the true church restored on the earth today, and that we are led by modern day prophets. I gained a testimony of the Atonement by exercising its power in my life. I truly know for myself that we have a loving Heavenly Father and that His son, our brother, Jesus Christ is our Savior. Over time, my testimony of the gospel has increased as I have served others and shared the gospel with them. The gospel fills my life with light and joy, and that's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I work hard in my everyday life to prioritize people, just as the Savior did in his mortal ministry. I try to help others feel valued and appreciated, recognizing their good qualities and helping them to amplify and develop those characteristics. Everyone can use a reminder once in a while that they're doing a good job and that others notice them. I enjoy celebrating people's birthdays and sending letters and emails, just to let people know that I remember and love them. I often visit people and check up on how they're doing, and I always make time for a friend who needs a listening ear. I want to be a friend to everyone. I have been blessed with many opportunities at different times to teach children about the gospel through scripture stories and simple songs about faith, love, families, and the Savior. As I teach them, I learn about our Heavenly Father's love for each of us, His children.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Heidi
In the temple, husband and wife can be sealed to each other for time and all eternity, meaning that their marriage will continue after death. This sealing ordinance requires Priesthood authority and power. When a man and woman are sealed to each other in the temple, they are promised that children born into their marriage will likewise be sealed to them. Parents can also take adopted children to the temple and have them sealed to their family. When family members are sealed to each other, they will be able to live together in heaven, enjoying the same loving relationships they experienced on earth. The ongoing pattern of parents being sealed to their children links generations of families together in an unbroken succession. Temple sealings bring great comfort to individuals who mourn the death of a family member because they understand that they will be able to live with their loved one again. Sealings can also be performed vicariously in the temple for individuals who have died, making it possible for us to be sealed to all of our family members. Show more Show less