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Hi I'm Heather

Hello! I have decided to put off studies in psychology and social work to serve 18 months for the Lord. I am a Mormon!

About Me

Right now I am awaiting my mission call to serve for 18 months. My fiance proposed to me on Christmas of 2014, and I accepted, but in prayer, we both realized that I was supposed to serve a mission while he starts basic training for the Army. I have completed two and a half semesters at Brigham Young University as a Psychology student, and was accepted into BYU's Honor Society. Through prayer, I have decided that when I return from my mission, I will transfer to Utah Valley University and switch my focus to Social Work. My hobbies include hiking, biking, propelling, running, and climbing trees. I love writing and reading poetry. I also love music. While I am not versed at the piano, I like to create my own pieces. I also love children. I am known to spend many hours with my fiance's younger cousins. My mother joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints right after she divorced my father when I was two. My biological family has since left the church. I grew up in and out of foster care, returning to my mother while in high school. Before coming out to college, my mother kicked me out my junior year. Despite becoming homeless, I was Valedictorian of my high school. It was in high school that I discovered my interest in providing my peers with emotional support. I was trained in suicide prevention and started a Peer Helper's organization in a nearby school that did not have an organization like that. Since then, I have decided to seek out a career as an LCSW.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized several months after my eighth birthday. Our family was very inactive and finally a friend of my mother's reminded her that she had two children, my twin brother and I, who were able to be baptized. She decided to have the missionaries meet with us. I was baptized on February 29th, a leap day. While I was baptized at eight, I found it difficult, as most of what I learned in church (the rare times that we would attend) was contrary to how I was being raised. I am a survivor of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. I did not gain a testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ until I was about eleven. I felt distant from Heavenly Father's love, as my paternal uncle was sexually abusing me and it caused me to feel quite a bit of shame. I thought about ending my life. I remembered that I had been baptized as a Latter Day Saint. I got down on my knees and I prayed for a way to escape the abuse I was experiencing. In the first time in my whole life, I felt a warm reassuring peace. I knew that my situation wouldn't miraculously change overnight, however, I started reading my scriptures and the Lord gave me the courage to come forward to a school counselor. I spent almost a year in foster care where I was faced with foster-parents who were strongly anti-Mormon. I read my scriptures and prayed in secret to continue to find the peace that I so desperately needed. After foster-care, there were times that I lived with my birth family and then periods of time where I lived with various families in our congregation to escape further abuse. No matter what I went through, I felt my Heavenly Father's love through the members that served and protected me. I have found hope and healing through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. He knows all of my pains. The Gospel has been the one persistent truth in my life. I find peace in knowing that my future family will grow up in the protection of God's love. It is my desire to share God's love and concern for others.

How I live my faith

In church, I served as a leader over our classes I was in at various stages in my youth. I received an award that all young women in the church have an opportunity to earn. I worked on developing Christ-like qualities, serving in my community by helping out with the homeless or at-risk youth, and helping out in my home with my family. As a young adult, right now, I have served in our congregation choir, I have also served as a family history consultant. I enjoy researching my personal genealogy as well as helping others research their's. Like I said, I am anxiously awaiting my mission call to serve for 18 months for the Savior, Jesus Christ. Based upon revelation from the Lord, the First Presidency of the church makes an assignment for each missionary to serve almost anywhere around the world to preach the complete and restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that the call, or assignment, that the First Presidency will make for me, is an assignment directly from the Lord, and I know that wherever I am assigned, it will be because there is work the Lord has prepared for me specifically to do, and if I rely upon His power, I can share with those around me the knowledge that they are beloved sons and daughters of God. I often share my testimony when prompted to by the Spirit. A few weeks ago, I shared my testimony for the first time to a street vendor in Spanish and she accepted to read the Book of Mormon. It was an exciting feeling, but humbling, as I realized I did not have all the Spanish vocabulary for every concept I wanted to share. I enjoy using social media to share my feelings and beliefs on the Atonement and my Savior Jesus Christ. He lives!