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Hi I'm Heather

I'm from the western United States, and I love reading and learning. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Probably the most important thing about me is that I love to learn. I graduated with a degree in English and a minor in history. Mostly I'm interested in 19th century American literature and the social history of the American family. After a year of working as a writer and manager in the corporate world, I'm now back at school pursuing a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies. I'm interested in helping others write biographies and family histories. I also love to read, cook, travel, sing, and spend time with my fantastic husband, Greg.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are both members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so I was raised a member myself. However, I've had many experiences that have taught me that the church is where I want to stay. I am a Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon is true. It testifies of Jesus Christ and how coming closer to Christ can improve our lives. The Atonement is not only available for our sins; it is also a way to find comfort in our trials. For a few years, my husband and I have wanted to have children. We've struggled through some difficult years of infertility and some hard experiences with miscarriage and infant loss. Instead of leading me away from things I know are right, I have found that our journey has helped us grow closer to Heavenly Father. I know that God loves me, and has not abandoned us. He simply has a different idea for how our lives should go. I have learned to be grateful for the knowledge that families are important to God, and that my family will always be whole and complete. I have also learned that my belief in God is not predicated upon getting what I want; my belief in God is based upon my knowledge that Heavenly Father is always mindful of me and desires me to have experiences that will make me stronger. Because the Savior has suffered the Atonement, I can know that my needs, desires, and struggles are always understood by Him. I can also find happiness in knowing that my children will always be mine.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow the specific plan that God has for me and for my family. Most of the time this involves doing simple things like serving those around me. In the past, I've worked as a coordinator in organizing women's meetings that teach church members new skills and improve family life. My husband and I have also served together teaching classes about The Book of Mormon. We believe this is a book of scripture that comes from God that can help us know how to be happy and follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. My church membership is also a factor in my interest about family history. I have found that connecting to our family roots helps us to gain valuable perspective for our own lives. Understanding the choices and sacrifices of those who came before us can always guide us in making wise choices for raising our own families.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Mormons believe that the commandment to "multiply and replenish the earth" remains in force (Genesis 1:28). This means that Heavenly Father has prepared a way for us to be with our families forever. Ordinances performed in temples seal us to our families through the priesthood, or the power of Jesus Christ. I believe that if I am faithful to the commandments and follow Jesus Christ, I can be with my husband and any children we may have forever, even after death. I also believe that even if my family looks different than other families, Heavenly Father has prepared a way for us to be happy together if we do what's right. Show more Show less