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Hi I'm Heather Smyth

Founder member of the LDS Church in Londonderry, N Ireland, 1957, and was it's first Relief Society President at age 18.

About Me

I was born the first of six children, and such was the need for family financial help that I began work one day before I was 14 years old, in a shirt making factory. That was the way of things in those long gone distant bye gone days. The blessing was that everyone you knew was in the same situation, all being very poor without anyone realising it. That same year was when I first met my husband to be. When our eyes first met, something inside of me jumped, and I knew he was the man I would marry. Unfortunately he was not on the same wavelength as me, none the less three years later, he walked me down the isle. In planning our wedding we had to make huge sacrifices to pay for everything, as we knew there would be no help from any other source. Within 3 months of our marriage we had met, spoken with, prayed and became converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since then my life has been totally wrapped up and emersed in the church. As such I bear witness and testimony to the world that I know it to be the Restored Church of my Saviour and Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. With this knowledge I raised my 4 children up in like manner, and prepared my 3 sons to serve voluntary missions for their Lord and Master. I helped to build our local chapel, and have served in every sister's calling within the local church structure. In later life served a 2 year voluntary Welfare and Humanitarian Mission with my husband, and am very happy to be known as a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

Becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was not an easy journey for me. Initially I followed my husband into the church as he claimed it was right. I had no such understanding. Preparing for baptism was a huge challenge as it caused so much conflict within the families. So much so that my own granny forced us to leave our apartment in her home, after only living there a few months. My husband took this all in his stride, but as a 17 year old newlywed I was devastated, actually crushed emotionally within. My husband assured me that the Lord would look after us, and He did. However the peer pressure never stopped. My 'saved' friends were constantly on my back deriding my stupidity for believing in the Book of Mormon. My husband encouraged me to continue praying, assuring me that it was possible to receive an answer from God, as he had. I tried but nothing seemed to work. Then my work friends conceived a cunning plan to get him to choose between me and the church. It was simply "force him to make a choice between you and his church." I liked this as I knew he loved me and there would be no contest I thought. I choose my moment and timing and one day when I knew we would be alone and without interruption, I confronted him. He held my hands looked deep into my eyes and said: "Heather, I love you as much as I know how, but if you force me to choose between you and the Lord's Church, you will Have to go." I went into hysterics and cried uncontrollably, and so did he. Only thereafter did I begin to realise that he must assuredly have experienced something unbelieveably dramatic, for him to put anything in front of me. I began preparing myself to ask Heavenly Father for a witness in ways that I had not done before. Laying my heart and soul open before him I pleaded and begged for an answer: Then a voice spoke to me and said: "What thou has embarked upon is true and I am indeed pleased with thee." This personal revelation is why, I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

When you know for sure that the church which Christ established upon the earth in the meridian of time, has once again been restored to the earth, it makes living it so much easier, even when times get hard. My testimony had not been built upon the understanding or wisdom of man, but had come to me directly from my loving Heavenly Father. This was my sure foundation. When my witness had become intensely personal, I was no longer ashamed to be known as a Mormon. I openly spoke of my faith to any who would listen, but shockingly no one was. The exception was my best friend, who joined the church, bore 7 children and faithfully brought them up in the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. When our church was being erected there were many days when I went without food, in order to feed. clothe, and house building missionaries. At times I was pregnant so no easy road, but inside I felt really good because I was sacrificing for my Saviour, who had suffered so much for me to be cleansed from my sins. I obviously survived and the sacrifices were my own choices, but glad that this phase of my life has now passed. Although I have many friends they are aware of my standards and accepted them, while I know there is safety and protection in being obedient to the laws of the restored gospel. This is especially true for me because I have an understanding of the true purpose of earth life or mortality. I do know what lies ahead and what is possible for me and my family to achieve. This is all built upon the knowledge I have of my pre-earth life when I lived in the presence of God as his spirit child. I do know the answers to life's 3 most important questions (where I came from, why I am here, and where I can go hereafter) As all of this has taught me of the love of God for me and all his children, then I strive to emulate these attributes in my own life. I try to help and empathise with others no matter who they are, and assist and help them as we are all brothers and sisters together.