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Hi I'm Heidi

I am a mom, gramma, wife and friend. Every aspect of my life is richer because I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of four who graduated from Brigham Young University and taught school for a few years before starting my family. I feel privileged to be able to stay home to raise my children, and have found great joy in watching them learn and grow. Each of my children have served full time missions for the Mormon Church, and my husband and I plan to serve a full time mission someday soon. I have always enjoyed being involved in my community and have worked in countless volunteer organizations. My love of education has led me to organize national and state wide award winning programs, to benefit children throughout the communities I've lived in. I love to see all children grow in confidence and increase their opportunities for success..

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe in our Heavenly Father's plan for each of our lives. His plan includes providing each of us with talents and gifts that we can use to bless others and be His instruments to serve our fellowman. I truly believe that Heavenly Father's gift of agency is a blessing. By exercising our agency we may make mistakes, but by exercising our Savior's atoning grace in our lives, we can become be forgiven and grow more like Him. Knowing that His plan for my personal salvation includes experiencing bumps and bruises in mortality gives purpose and perspective in times of trial. We are Heavenly Father's children. Brothers and sisters experiencing mortality together here on earth. As we learn to love each other as He does, we can begin to understand the power of his perfect love, and exercise charity towards each other. The family unit is a safe place to learn about Him, and grow together during mortality. I know that families can be together forever. By qualifying to make and keep sacred covenants in the Holy Temples, families can be sealed together now and throughout eternity. Knowing that we have a living prophet on the earth, Thomas S. Monson, means that we given revelation to guide us in these latter-days. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was restored in this dispensation through the sacrifice of many, including my ancestors. They forsook their former lives to cross the treacherous ocean and follow the conviction of their beliefs. The legacy they left for me will never go unappreciated. Mostly and foremost I believe in Christ as my Savior, my brother and my friend. I know he loves me and knows who I am, and is there to strengthen and bless me in times of need. I am a Mormon, because living the principles of the gospel of Christ brings true happiness in this life, and in the life to come.

How I live my faith

Currently my husband and I work with over 2600 Young Single Adults ages 18 to 30 throughout Northern Utah Valley. We are inspired by the strength of character and spirit these young people have. With the challenges facing the youth, we are encouraged by their desire to learn about Jesus Christ and stand as His witness. We have seen many overcome trials and seek to improve their lives by learning about the Savior's redeeming atonement. We feel privileged to be able to learn from them and are grateful for the opportunity to work together side by side to council, teach and uplift these incredible young adults. I love being a mother and grandmother and delight in watching my own children teach their children. The legacy of families is important to my husband and I, and we have sacrificed much to place our family at the forefront of our lives. Our children are our best friends . . . and our four grandchildren our greatest delight. I am so grateful to be apart of a church which elevates the role of families in our Heavenly Father's plan, and elevates the role of women within families. I know that by standing together we can stand strong, even in these challenging times. Supporting each of my children as they served full time missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been a great sacrifice and a great blessing. All of my children and their spouses have served missions. Collectively they have spent over 12 years teaching the gospel in Virginia, Washington, Venezuela, Ohio. Korea and the Philippines during the prime of their lives. My daughter served in the Philippines and experienced typhoons, earthquakes, mudslides and flooding, It took great faith to place her in the loving care of our Heavenly Father during times of challenge, when we couldn't protect and guide her. Serving a full-time missionary has brought great growth for each of our children. Dedicating their lives to Jesus Christ has better qualified them to become His disciples.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

I feel privileged to receive many blessings of the priesthood in my life. With my husband, we stand side by side as equals in our family unit. He does not rule over me, think for me or dictate what I do. We support each other in our separate roles and I feel very much his equal in every aspect of our marriage and our life together. Revelation for our church is received through a prophet of God. President Thomas S Monson is our latter-day prophet and leads and guides our church, with Jesus Christ himself the chief cornerstone. I believe in supporting the counsel of a prophet who receives revelation from God. The reason women do not hold the priesthood is because God has not revealed it to his prophet. That is good enough for me. Currently I serve as president of a women's organization with over 1200 members. As President of the Relief Society Organization I work with over 12 separate units, comprising 70-150 members each. In the leadership opportunity I've been given, I train, teach and direct the women in each unit to strengthen their faith and personal righteousness, homes and families and provide relief to each other and any in need. As President of the Relief Society, my leadership opportunities are endless. I council with the men who hold the priesthood in my stake, My ideas, thoughts and suggestions are valued and implemented where appropriate. I am grateful to belong to a church that respects the role of women, and allows them to lead. Show more Show less