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Hi I'm Heather

I'm an avid student of life, an educational reformer, a mom of many, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My growing up family began when my father consented to study the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a show of love to his sweetheart, my mom. Within weeks, he had reached the decision that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ was available in the LDS Church. My life has been immeasurably, profoundly affected for good by the faith of my parents. Also through my parents, I came to love learning. My young life had four centres: home, church, the woods near our home, and the public library. Reading, thinking and writing have helped me appreciate and understand this world better, and to make contributions. From childhood, I've felt that we are all God's children -- that the world is populated by our spiritual family. I love this gospel truth. A piece of my heart belongs to people in places around the world. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe we are here to help each other on our way. Families are an ideal environment for understanding the power in love, kindness, selflessness and forgiveness. My husband and I are parents to nine children. They are our primary life's work and joy. One of our sons passed away at age 23. I love knowing that he is still himself, still "ours," and that he has merely preceded us to our heavenly home. Wholeheartedly believing that education is key to freedom and fulfillment, my avocation as an educator is to nurture, inspire and preserve the love of learning in people of all ages and life circumstances.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I love my Mormon life. I'm a Mormon because I am healthier, more resilient in challenges, kinder, more interested in peace, more open in my perspectives, more hopeful, and more giving when I live by the teachings of Jesus Christ than when I fade in my attention to them. Being a Mormon means that I am reminded of Jesus Christ and God, Our Father, throughout my days, weeks, and years and encouraged to model my life after their ways. I'm a Mormon because the Church's teachings ground me to reliable truths: that my life has meaning and purpose; that my family is of highest importance; that I am a child of God; that we have infinite potential for good. I'm a Mormon because of sacred, spiritual experiences that confirm what I've been taught. I'm a Mormon because I want to make the most of my time in life, and I'm inspired and helped to do this through my membership in the Church

How I live my faith

I love the way service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints both shows me I have wings and teaches me to fly. Over and over, I've been given the chance to give and have both grown and "flown." Here are a few of those opportunities: working with 8 to 11 year old boys in Scouting; teaching everything from cooking to conflict resolution in our church's Relief Society meetings; writing and performing a one-act/one-person play on the theme "charity;" supporting new mothers; visiting elderly women; counselling with local church leaders to serve the needs of children, young women, and mature women; running a 3 day wilderness camp for 35 or so 12 and 13 year old girls; collaborating on humanitarian relief efforts; teaching countless classes; presenting innumerable talks as a peer in church services, and leading a choir. (Something I'd never done before.) I LOVE the school of life that LDS Church membership means. On a more personal note, I live my faith in quiet settings of family devotionals, individual study of our sacred texts -- the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and others -- in prayer with Father in Heaven, and in conversations with people of our faith and of other faith traditions. I counsel with God about most aspects of my life from seemingly trivial things like finding my lost keys or understanding my kids' math problems to resolving a financial setback to seeking comfort at the loss of a loved one. I believe to the point of inner knowing that God watches over us, hears our hearts and our words, and blesses us in ways that are wise. He instructs us how to better love and help each other. Trusting that I am intimately connected to divine love and power is a natural result of private acts of seeking God. He loves us. His son, Jesus Christ, has given the ultimate sacrifice to provide an atonement for wrongdoing -- ours and others'. I know all will be right in the end.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost is the special messenger of God. As a spirit being, he can communicate with us through our own spiritual self and mind -- warning us, comforting us, teaching us truth, alerting us to falsehood or danger, bringing the truth we've learned to mind, urging us to act on loving, kindly, helpful feelings. When we commit ourselves to become followers of Jesus Christ through the act of baptism, we are given the gift of companionship of the Holy Ghost. The feelings of the Holy Ghost (also called "the Spirit of God" or "Holy Spirit") are uplifting, guiding, and comforting. Show more Show less