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Hi I'm Heather Secrest

I've lived all over the USA. I am often silly. I love to tie-dye. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have just graduated high school and am going on a mission. In school my two favorite subjects were English and Science. I also really enjoyed my language which was American Sign Language. I went to a huge high school. I want to obtain a college degree in Organic Chemistry after I get home from my mission and I hope to work in the textile industry creating dyes. I have been tie-dying and sewing since I was little. I love the water and have done both swimming and springboard diving as well as surf and other water sports. I moved around a lot as a child because my family is military and I have always liked getting a fresh start in a new place and meeting new people. I am outgoing and silly. Life is too short not to enjoy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born Mormon. This does not mean that being Mormon is not my own choice. Growing up my family moved from place to place. No matter where we went the gospel was always the same. I did not learn something different in the primary in California and the primary in Ohio. The Church has always been part of my support system. When I got to high school I started seminary. Mom never made me go, but I always noticed the difference when I did. My day went better no matter how late I had gone to bed the night before. I went to the temple. The spirit there was so strong it was overwhelming. I went to a marriage of a friend's sister in a non-Mormon church, and something felt like it was missing. The church and service were beautiful, but I expected to feel something more. I spent two months agonizing over my companions for being a youth councilor at camp because they felt wrong. They got switched around the week before camp and it turns out that I really was needed in my new group. When I am Mormon I am happy. My family is one of the most stable ones I know because we have the gospel in our lives and try to live by it. My testimony is not made up of one huge experience or defining moment. My testimony is made up of all the little life experiences I have had. I know the gospel is true. I know that with Christ and the Lord on my side I can do anything He asks of me. I know God loves me. I know families are eternal. I know that no matter what I can rely on the Lord and he will answer me, care for me, protect me, and rescue me. I would not be who I am without the gospel. I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I would not have it any other way. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I have had many roles in my church even as young as I am. For the last few years I helped my mother plan activities for girls who were 8-12 years old. I also was in charge of the girls my age for a year when I was 14 and from the ages 16-18 I was in charge of the local section of a program created by our church for young women that has spiritual activities similar to merit badges as well as 10 hour projects that the young women can complete. I have also taught classes for preschool children and for children that are 13 years old. Right now I am going on my mission. I will be spending 18 months dedicating myself to serving the Lord and teaching the gospel in the Spanish language. I am looking forwards to doing service in the community and to focusing on the Lord and the people I will be teaching.