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Hi I'm Heather

I'm a one armed hispanic mom, wife, daughter and sister. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born and raised in Utah with my mom, dad, and 3 awesome sisters! I grew up on a small town and loved it, everyone knew each other and it was a great place to grow up. I also am missing a hand which is pretty cool I guess, it's defiantly a conversation starter :) I had amniotic band syndrome, essentially when I was born something wrapped around my arm in utero and didn't let it develop. I can do pretty much anything everyone else does, it doesn't hold me back to much, I love to go repelling, camping, play tennis (pretty much any sport except swimming), a lot of that is due to my parents treating me like a normal kid. I am also half Spanish, Hablo un poco de Español, and I mean a very little bit.. but I'm learning. My mom is from Madrid Spain and became LDS at 14 yrs old. So we love to have big family/friend parties with lots of food especially lots of salsa and guacamole :) I attended a local University where I grew up studying Psychology when I met the love of my life, Ben. We got along instantly and had so much in common, we both loved running, camping, studying and just being together. On April 1st 2008 he preposed to me and we where married 4 months later in a LDS temple as eternal companions. When he graduated University we moved so he could attend Medical school back East, it was hard moving away so far from our families especially since I was 4 months along with our first baby. But it was worth it and we love where we are now.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a LDS home, but just because I was doesn't mean I had to be a part of it, I chose to. My mom was a convert and has been a great example to me in my search for the truth while growing up. I often wondered what was it about our church that made people convert at a older age, what was it? Now that I'm older I can tell it is different for everybody, my mother said she knew it was true because she believed that God loves us enough to never abandoned us, and that's exactly what she learned in the LDS faith, that God loves us so much he is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure we have a living prophet today. And I believe that with all my heart, he will never abandon us, he will never leave us with no guidance. That is why he appeared to Joseph Smith to restore his church on earth with the proper authority. I have seen Gods presence in my life and I couldn't be happier. I know that me, Ben and our baby can be a eternal family, not just here on earth, but in heaven forever with ALL my family. And essentially that's what the church is centered around, family, because family can be a piece of heaven on Earth.

How I live my faith

When I was in University there was a group of us that went to Mexico for spring break to help in a orphanage, run a soup kitchen and we even built a new house for a LDS member while there because she was literally living in a cardboard box. We became known around the town and had a lot of people ask why would University students come to Mexico on spring break to just do service and not party like some of the others would. We would just respond that it was our religion that motivated us to do it, because if everyone else knew what we know, they would be doing the same thing. That's the great thing about being LDS, we know the truth for ourselves, and once you know that, it just becomes a part of you. In our ward I teach sunday school for kids ages 7-8 yrs and me and another sister once a week do whats called 'activity days' for girls ages 8-11 where we do fun crafts, learn good habits, and have church lessons. We show the girls things like how to budget money, cook, and how to be a spiritual leader in their homes. It's probably one of the funnest parts of my week!