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Hi I'm Heather

I pretty much grew up in Maine, but did spend a couple of years living in Virginia. I have been a Mormon since 1999.

About Me

I graduated from High School in 1988, and promptly went to a small, nearby college. I did not complete my third year however, as I had a nervous breakdown the first semester of my Junior year. Later, I did a carpentry apprenticeship program and got my carpentry apprentice certificate of completion. I also majored in Human Services (Adult Mental Health), and had about one more year left to graduate from that, but because of my disability and funding issues, had to stop. I am now an advocate for psychiatric service dog handlers, and advocate for well- mannered, task trained service dogs, and their law abiding disabled handlers. I have been utilizing a psychiatric service dog for 9 years now. My husband and I raised and trained a border collie pup, and trained with a service dog facility to become a certified service dog team. That dog has changed my life! Life is not easy for me. Soon, I may be facing hip surgery. For someone who does not drive and has depended on her own 2 feet to get her everywhere all her life, this had been a difficult time. I am praying my surgery will get me back on my feet again. My border collie misses her play runs!

Why I am a Mormon

After years of going to many different Christian churches, and a Universalist Unitarian Church searching for the church that fit me, I gave up. I had been going to the U. U. Church, and would leave there feeling so angry. I prayed that I would find the truth, the right church. One winter evening, two young Missionaries knocked on my door and I was eager to hear what they had to say. Soon after I was baptized into the LDS Church. I felt good about my choice. I believe I have been a member of the LDS Church now for about 15 years (as of 2014). My husband was baptized soon after me. My husband and I are going through a tough patch right now. We are struggling with our faith a lot. I know though, that Heavenly Father is there for us. I have to keep praying. I am thriving on my calling with the Family History Center, and have been in contact with our Missionaries to help us stay strong and to help us study the Scriptures.

How I live my faith

Last year, I was called to work in the Family History Center at my church. I had been going there with my visiting teacher, so they called me to work there. I am addicted to my family genealogy work. I hope that someday I will be ready to help enter information from other people's trees into the church's archives. Previously, my husband and I were called to work as Cub Scout Leaders to the Bears and Wolves. This was fun, and I miss it. We also taught the Sunbeams one year. My husband and I have no children, so working with children has been a bit awkward for us. We lost a baby in '95.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Heather
Although Joseph Smith is an important figure in our church history, we do not worship him. We admire him, and we learn about him in classes because of his importance to our church history. As the church's name suggests, we worship Jesus Christ, son of God (Heavenly Father). We also believe in the Holy Spirit. Even though we study from the Book of Mormon, it is only one form of Scriptures that we study. We also study the Bible. I have a big fat book with both the Bible and the Book of Mormon in one cover! Show more Show less