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Hi I'm Heidi

I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I'm a mother, grandmother, and a high school teacher. I'm a Mormon convert of almost 30 years

About Me

I'm the mother of 5; 4 daughters and 1 son. We are a blended family having 2 daughters from my husband's first marriage and one from mine. We have a daughter and a son together. I'm the grandmother of 5, soon to be 6 wonderful grandsons. I teach 9th grade English at a great high school. I love watching my son play golf, and hanging out with my family. We laugh a lot and our family motto is, "We don't quit until we break something!" Most often that's a vase or cup, but on a couple of occasions we've broken a bone. We can most often be found around the kitchen table sharing good food, good friends, and good stories.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised semi-Methodist. I say "semi" because we only went to church on occasion. I loved church and mostly because of the closeness I have always felt to my Father in Heaven. When I was 17 I met my first husband who was Mormon. He and his family introduced me to the church. We married when I was 20 and I became a member of the church when I was 21. I actually hadn't planned on it, but we were living in Denver at the time and they had recently finished building the Denver Temple. The open house was going on and we decided to go. I had been to church meetings before and enjoyed them, but was still not convinced it was right for me. That all changed when I entered the doors of the temple for the tour. For lack of a better description I felt like I had just come home. I had never felt my Heavenly Father's presences so strongly. I knew I had to come back to the temple and to do that I had to be baptized. I started taking the missionary discussions right away. I was baptized two week's later. My baptism completely confirmed that I had made the right choice. The only day that was better than this was the day I was sealed to my current husband in that same temple about 7 years later. I have been an active member of the church for almost 30 years now, having raised my children in the gospel. It has made so much difference in their lives. I am a Mormon for many reasons, but the best and most important reason is because I know that this is where my Father in Heaven wants me to be. I have grown closer to Him and to my Savior Jesus Christ and not a day goes by that I am not grateful for this amazing blessing in my life.

How I live my faith

I work in our women's organization helping with visiting teaching. It's a way that we make sure all of the women in our congregation are happy and well and being supported with anything they may need. Sometimes that's a meal or help moving, but most often it's with a loving hug or patient ear. My husband and I are currently helping to organize an annual event for the youth in our area during the summer. It's called Youth Conference and involves spiritual classes for young people along with lots of fun activities and dances.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

The role of husband and wife in the family is one of partnership. It is not a relationship in which one is more important than the other. I sometimes think of it as a tag-team match in wrestling. Raising children, working, and serving can often create some chaos. When one of us is tired or unable to take on a responsibility, the other steps right in and does it. While one of us is at a sports practice, the other might be home cooking dinner and helping with homework. While one has to stay late for work, the other may be doing laundry and packing lunches for school. It is truly a partnership of love. My husband and I have always tried to show our children the value of love through service, so they, too, are part of this partnership. Our family is the most important thing in the world to us and that includes our own love for each other and God. Our priorities are the same; our goals are the same. We are all seeking to do the best we can to do as Christ taught: "Love one another as I have loved you." Life isn't perfect, or even smooth for that matter, but there is always love. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Mormons believe God to be our Father. As such, he loves us and wants the very best for us. He is the perfect example of unconditional love. He cares about us; he cares about the little things and the big things in our lives. He KNOWS us as individuals, just as we know our own children--only he knows us better. The guidelines he gives us in the scriptures are designed to provide the happiest lives we can have on earth not to restrict us or set up obstacles to make us fail. He has always been there for me, especially during the times I felt most alone and afraid. He has always and always will watch over me. This knowledge of the nature of God has changed my life. It has enabled me to experience joy in good times and hope in bad times. I look forward to the day when I can once again be encircled by his loving arms. Show more Show less