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Hi I'm Keith Heiner

I love computers and the brain mystifies me. I hope to use my interests to mitigate brain disabilities. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm in college right now, attending Brigham Young University. The most significant thing about this period of my life is finding myself; I work hard to understand who I am and where I need to be - where God wants me to be. Because of this, my major changes often (but more in my mind than on paper). Right now it's Computer Engineering. I'm thinking of doing research in Brain Computer Interface. I love computers and programming. I love learning about the way the world works. I love stories. Books, movies, and games that tell stories excite me.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know it's true. I know that I can live with God again and that I can live with my family forever. I know the love my Father in Heaven has for each and every one of His children and I can't wait to have the same love for others as He has. God loves us and wants each of us to return to live with him. He pleads with us to choose the right, and through the Spirit he guides us to Christ, the one and only path back to him. Although this path seems difficult, understanding that we have Diety on our side brings me hope. Seeing the way Christ helps me brings me joy.

How I live my faith

The biggest way I'm living my faith is by serving as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I'm excited to serve in the Thailand Bangkok mission and bring the joy and happiness that comes from the Gospel to the lives of the people I teach. I also live my faith by searching for truth. I love truth in all forms, and hope to discover and share spiritual truths, scientific truths, literary truths, and any other truths I can find with others. I believe that through truth, both spiritual and physical, we find strength and joy.

What is the First Vision?

Keith Heiner
The First Vision, in it's simplest form, was the answer to a young boy's question. Joseph Smith, a young boy of 14 years, wanted to know the truth. He wanted to know which church on Earth was true. Amidst careful and anxious consideration, he studied the Bible. James 1:5 particularly struck him. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." Joseph knew that his Father in Heaven wanted the best for him and had faith in this scripture; he knew that if he asked God which church was true he would receive an answer. Resolved to follow whatever answer God gave him, Joseph knelt in prayer in a grove of trees and prayed. In answer to his sincere prayer Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him. They told Joseph that none of the churches were true, and that Joseph was destined to play a part in the Restoration of the true Church of Christ, the same church established on the Earth by Christ Himself. That church has since been restored as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The power and authority of the Prisethood of God has been restored and the wholeness of the truth has been given to us to follow and come unto Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Keith Heiner
Absolutely not! As members of the Church, we try our best to become like Christ, serving all people included. As a whole Church, our humanitarian efforts have been large. We've both donated supplies to and physically served in many areas post-disaster, including Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, Haiti after the massive earthquake, and Japan after the devastating tsunami. Individually, we contribute fast offerings to support the needy and try as best we can to serve in our community. Service is in fact quite integral to our beliefs. In the Book of Mormon, Mosiah 2:17 says, "And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn awisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the bservice of your cfellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." By serving people we gain peace and happiness through coming closer to God. Show more Show less