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Hi I'm Heidi

I grew up in the U.S. Navy. I am studying to be a high school physics teacher. I am newly married. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the U.S. Navy, moving every one to two years, though I was fortunate enough to spend all four years of high school in the same place. I absolutely loved it. My sister has autism so we never left the U.S., but we lived all over the United States. I experienced so many different cultures that exist just in the U.S., from the Bible Belt South to culturally diverse Southern California. Tiny towns and big cities. Navy bases and civilian life. I wouldn't change it for the world. I am a newly wed of less than a year and can't wait to start a family. My husband and I are both in college, he to become a mechanical engineer, me a high school physics teacher. We both love reading and spend our free time curled up together with good books, silent but enjoying each other's company. I also enjoy singing and have been in various choirs since middle school. I love cooking and baking, especially my mother's special chocolate chip cookies, which my husband really appreciates. As I look forward to being a mother, I first and foremost want to teach my children about the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I also want to instill in them a love of reading and a love of learning; to not be afraid of discovery and mistakes, of stretching their minds to the max. I love my husband, I love physics, I love books, and I love the Gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church and I have never doubted that it is where I belong. That does not mean that I just blindly follow this religion because I know no other. Since before I can remember my parents were teaching me to pray, to ask questions, to study the Lord's word, and to ask if what I have learned is true. I have prayed about this Church and I have received confirmation that it is the one and only true church on the earth. I have read the Book of Mormon and I have prayed and know that it contains the word of the Lord and that it's message is truth. I have listened to modern-day prophets and apostles and have prayed to know if they are the Lord's servants and messengers. I know that they are and that what they speak is modern-day scripture. I am a Mormon because I have learned the truth of these things and the Spirit of the Lord whispers it to my heart every day. Because I am a Mormon I know why I am here on earth, I know where I came from, and I know what I can achieve. And it is beautiful. Being a Mormon is a way of life, not just a religion, and it is a way of life that brings me joy and fulfillment. It fills me with happiness to know that I can be with my parents, siblings, husband, and children forever. I know the truth, testified to me by the Spirit. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have always predominately demonstrated my faith by being an example. Everyone in high school knew I was a Mormon and I was proud of it. They understood I was different and I wasn't afraid to explain why. I tried to follow the Church's standards to the best of my ability. I didn't smoke or drink or do drugs and I didn't feel the need to place myself in situations where I might be pressured to, no matter how popular the crowd. I dressed differently than the other girls at school, even when it was hot, and I didn't curse. Being different gave me opportunities to share my beliefs with those around me. Even though they might not have agreed with my beliefs, all my friends supported and respected me for keeping to my standards. Now I live in a predominately Mormon area, and it is easier to keep to my standards when they are the same as those around me, but I can still show my faith. In a new ward for married students I have been called to serve on a Compassionate Service Committee. We help those who are moving in or out and give aid to those who are sick or have just had a baby. I haven't had much chance to serve yet, but already I am filled with a spirit of love for those around me. I know that this is what the Lord wants me to be doing right now.