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Hi I'm Heather

I grew up in the middle of nowhere. I I love to create and I love to learn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Do you ever get slightly overwhelmed by all the totally awesome stuff there is to do in this world? I do, but I do as much of it as I can. I like to draw, paint, work with ceramics, and do anything else artsy. I beat box on the flute- way fun! (I never thought I would learn to beat box, until I saw someone doing it while playing the flute) I also love writing music and fantasy stories, journaling, and editing. I dance absolutely all the time. I also love to cook! I'm studying in college to be a Food Scientist so I can make new foods on a bigger scale, and I've been fascinated by the chemistry classes I've taken so far for it. I also really love flying, but that's not such an easy hobby because for some strange reason skydiving and hang-gliding are a little pricy. I'm a college student right now, taking a break for a year and a half to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Being a student is an awesome adventure but it's always wonderful to visit my family again. I'm forever grateful to all my parents have done for me; they both have taught me so many important life lessons and prepared me to be an independent woman. They brought me up in the church and they taught me how to problem solve, be respectful, serve others, and fulfill my responsibilities. They have set such good examples for me. My siblings are some of my closest friends. I love getting to talk with them and just be silly. Thank goodness I can be with them for eternity!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents have always been members of the church. When I was growing up we always went to church, read scriptures and prayed together before bed, and spent a lot of time together as a family. I always believed in the church, but I really began learning for myself that it was true when I was about 11. I would often pray simple prayers, usually asking to find something I'd lost, and right away get an answer. I realized that God truly does hear and answer even MY prayers. As I got a little older I had bigger struggles that I needed help with, and as I poured out my heart in prayer to my Father in heaven I received such comfort and answers to my questions that I could not doubt he loved me and knew what I was going through. It's amazing to me that despite all of the galaxies He has created, despite the billions of people on Earth- whenever I pray to him he answers, be it silly or extremely important. Since then I have only learned more about God's truths. I have studied the teachings in the scriptures and I know in my heart that they're true. Knowing these truths and trying my best to be a good, kind person has helped me to just be happy in the face of life's disappointments. Even though I'm not rich and there are plenty of things I don't have, I've learned that there is always so much to be grateful for! I can't take any material things with me when I die, but I will have my family and my memories. I love being a Mormon because in the church we support each other and help one another to remember the bigger picture, to serve more, and to continually become better than we were before. Yes there are rules to follow, but I have found that life goes so much easier when I'm doing the things I should. God wants us to succeed and he's given us the church to help us do that. I'm a Mormon and I love it!

How I live my faith

There are a lot of things that I don't do- I don't wear revealing clothing, drink coffee or alcohol, curse or use foul language, for example. Some of those things sound pretty crazy to some people but I've never considered it a sacrifice to live this way because it's saved me a lot of unhappiness. I respect my body by wearing clothes that don't show it off like an object. I don't need coffee to wake up in the morning- just knowing that life is fantastic gives me the energy I need, even if I haven't gotten much sleep (and I don't get much sleep in college). That and prayer! I don't have to worry about getting headaches from a coffee withdrawal either. Like most people, I don't like being told what to do because I want to make decisions for myself, and I definitely don't want a beverage taking away my control over my actions. This way, I can find fun activities to do that don't involve drinking, and I can always remember them the next morning! By not using foul language I show and feel more respect for the people around me. There are also a lot of things that I DO to live my faith. Though I'm far from perfect, I really try to live my beliefs continually- to keep a positive outlook on life and look for opportunities to serve other people. Ultimately, Mormons are striving to become like Christ. Even though I make plenty of mistakes- God lets imperfect people into his church, isn't it great?- I am learning a lot about how to love the people around me, react with forgiveness instead of anger, and to meet life's difficulties with patience. Every Sunday I go to church and throughout the week I continue to develop my relationship with Heavenly Father by studying the scriptures and praying to Him. I seek opportunities to serve; there is such a good feeling that comes just from making someone else happy.