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Hi I'm Heather

I attend BYU, where I am studying to be a school teacher. I'm preparing to be a missionary in Argentina. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Arizona, but moved around quite a bit within the state. The first time I was in any one school for more than two years was high school, where I always did well. I got good grades, made good friends, and attended every year of seminary. I did was was expected of me at school and church but I always had a difficult time connecting with my three sisters, my brother, and my parents so at home I was either quiet or arguing, which seemed inconsistent with who I was at school. I always did my best to be so nice and sincere, but it was difficult to be that way with my family. As I got older and learned some perspective I began to understand the value and strength of family. I call home all of the time! I love my family and my friends and am so grateful to have all these great people surrounding me. I have found a lot of happiness in being a consistent person. I like being the same across the board and not worrying about who sees what. I have always wanted to be a school teacher. When I was little I would come home from school and teach my younger sister what I had learned...and then give her homework. Luckily, she didn't catch on to what I was doing for quite a while. I like to joke that I like old people and young people, but nothing in between. I have worked in a nursing home and have learned so much from the "old people". I have taught swim lessons and coached a younger swim team and relearned how much I love the honesty of little children!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, so being a Mormon was not difficult. My parents provided all the means of keeping the commandments and being an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. When I moved away to college all my decisions were suddenly my own. I found myself doing all the same things that I did back home. Why? Why did I continue to do all of the little things, even when no one was watching? I can testify that those "little things" make a difference in my life. My mood is different when I don't read my scriptures, my mind is not clear when I don't pray. Those reasons alone are enough to make me want to do the right thing, and simply knowing that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church is enough to make me actually do what's right. I recently finished reading the Book of Mormon. Near the end, there is a promised contained therein. This promise tells you that if you have faith and ask God if the book is true then He will make it manifest unto you. I took up that promise and said a prayer, asking Heavenly Father to please give me a conviction of the Book of Mormon that no one could doubt. After I prayed I sat in silence, waiting for an answer. Perhaps I expected a voice or maybe even a VERY distinct "burning in the bosom". I experienced neither. Instead my mind began to review all the times that I had questions and that I had struggles. Each and every time the answer to my prayers was something I found in the book. Maybe it was 2 Nephi 22:2, or maybe it was Ether 12:6, or maybe even 1 Nephi 3:7. No matter the circumstance, no matter the struggle, I found direction and peace in the words that I read. This is why I am a Mormon: because I know that the things this church teaches work! I know that instruction comes from God and I do not have to fear corrupt leaders that tell me the wrong things. I have so much confidence in the Gospel and those who follow it. Of this I am certain: this is the happiest way to live.

How I live my faith

Growing up, I was always the Mormon in my school. Everyone knew what my religion was and many understood my standards. In many ways I felt that I was very valiant and obedient as a Young Woman. I tried to put others first and do what was right. Unfortunately, I had a judgmental attitude. I didn't know how to respond to someone who did drugs and I didn't know how to love someone who was selfish. It took until the 10th grade for me to figure it out. I was talking to another Mormon girl at my school who I had misjudged as not living up to the standards that she should. As I spoke with her, I realized her struggles and faults were not worse than mine, just different. I think that conversation was the beginnings of me learning to love everyone. As far back as I can remember I always had a calling in the Church. Beehive president, Mia Maid counselor, Laurel President... Ordinarily church attendance would have just been about me, myself, and I, but these callings helped me to think about how badly I wanted others to be at church with me. I had to begin making an effort to not only get myself to church on Sunday, but also the other girls who did not attend for various reasons. This was the beginning of missionary work for me. I learned more about what it meant to fellowship someone when I became a member of the older group of women. This group is called the Relief Society because it is intended to offer relief. I was called to be the Relief Society president so I quickly learned the relief that this society offers comes through serving. Each woman offers relief to other women. I love this sisterhood and fellowshipping program, known in the church as visiting teaching. This leadership experience instilled in me the importance of seeking not just the happiness of myself, but also that of others. This is how and why I have been able to make the choice to leave behind my family, friends, job, and schooling in order to serve a mission in Salta, Argentina.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

The temple is not a secret experience, but it is a sacred experience. Because of the sacred nature of the temple, I cannot say what takes place there. However, I can tell you how I feel in the temple. I feel strength by removing myself from the crazy world and taking time to focus on Christ. The temple, like the rest of the Gospel, is focused on Christ. I feel the presence of the Lord and I feel the Holy Ghost stronger in my life when I attend the temple. Because of the things that are done and the feelings felt in the temple, the individual who goes through the temple then becomes more accountable for their actions. We know that those who have greater knowledge are more accountable. This is why not everyone may go into the temple just because they are baptized. They must meet certain requirements and demonstrate to their church leaders that they can be an excellent representative of the Lord and that they are willing to be more responsible and accountable for themselves, based on what they learn in the temple. This protects those who may not take the covenants seriously simply because they were not ready to make them. Not everyone does hold a temple recommend, but everyone can. Every person can work towards worthiness that would allow them to enter the temple and and every person can prepare for the covenants made inside. Show more Show less