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Hi I'm Heather

I grew up in Idaho. I love to help others and make their day better. I work hard in everything I do. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently going to college, majoring in human Biology. I am from a small town in Idaho. I am the third of five children. I like to play the violin, ice skate, swim, take pictures, spend time with friends, being in nature and hiking, and get involved in service activities. The thing I love most though is learning different languages and cultures. I especially love Asian languages. I studied Japanese by myself for seven years, took two years of Mandarin in college, and am starting to study Korean on my own as well.

Why I am a Mormon

...Because there is nothing in this world I would rather be! First off, I know God loves me. I know that his son, Jesus Christ, cares for me and you so much that he suffered for our sins and died on the cross on Calvary. He overcame death, and because of that, we can too. He paid the price for our sins, and all he asks in return is for us to follow him. If we do so, we can be free of sin and happy for all eternity, yes, eternity. Why would we go through these experiences on earth if there was nothing after it? We came from in the presence of God before we were here in earth. After we leave this world, we will return, only with so much more- things like a family and knowledge. I can face each day knowing that I am not alone. There is someone always with me, guiding me, and looking out for me. When I am doing what I should do and am trying to be like Jesus Christ and his example, I can feel his presence. I know I am never alone. James 2:20-24 in the New Testament explains that faith is only completed if you have works accompanying it. If you truly believe in something, shouldn't your actions reflect it? The knowledge and truth that I have learned through the scriptures, church, and others around me has helped me through hard times in my life. When I see people and friends that I work with struggle with problems in their lives, I wish I could share all the many things I have learned with them. I get so much help and guidance through my religion. I would not be anywhere near where I am now if it were not for me being a Mormon. If you are not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, please ask for a free Book of Mormon. It parallels the Bible; it teaches about Jesus Christ and why we are here. Please read it, and you will learn why becoming a Mormon is so invaluable. Your life will change.

How I live my faith

I love to live my faith. Even though a person may not share the same religious beliefs as me, I still love them all the same. I like to visit those who may be having hardships or struggles and see if I can make things easier. I was blessed with two good hands and two good ears- it makes sense to use them for more than myself. I like to get to know those around me. I love my church because it goes the extra mile to help us visit and help each other.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

The reason why polygamy was used for a while was because there were many widowed women and children who did not have fathers (because they were killed during persecution of the saints) that needed to be taken care of and supported. It was not for the fact of having many women. Polygamy was ended because we are instructed that we must obey the laws of the land. The US said that it was illegal, so they stopped. As you are probably aware, Polygamy is not practiced in our religion and has not been for over a hundred years. At that time, it served its purpose of caring for the widowed and the fatherless. Crossing the plains to Salt Lake City would have been much harder for a single mother with children. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Many may not know this, but we do not pay 10% of our money to support our leaders. We happily give it for things the Lord would have us do. He wants us to help each other. The Lord instructed us to give tithing to share some of what we have with others through many different means. Tithing is used for building and maintaining church meeting houses, temples, helping families in need, missionary work, and funding continuing education opportunities at LDS colleges and universities. Tithing is something that God has commanded for in the past. Tithing is 10% of your income. It does not necessarily mean money though. In olden days, tithing was also paid in flocks, cattle, and harvests. 1/10th of what was produced was given unto the Lord for his purpose. Tithing is not a rich person competition. It does not matter if your 10% is big or small- it is your heart that counts. If your heart is willfully doing it, your heart will benefit. There is a wonderful story in Luke Ch 21 that tells about many rich men giving great treasures as tithing. A widow came and gave all that she had, 2 mites, as her humble tithe. Jesus Christ said that she, with her 2 coins, gave more than those rich men. Surely, she also gained more than those rich men. I find it a pleasure to be able to give a small amount of what I have received to help others and myself. Where did the opportunity to earn money come from? God. I may give 10%, but in return, I receive more than 100% in spiritual and temporal returns. Show more Show less