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Hi I'm Heidi

I'm a wife, mother, outdoors lover, gardening nut, health enthusiast, and eager to learn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife to a wonderful husband and mother to a beautiful daughter. I have grown immeasurably in my capacity to love and to love without fear. I lost my father at a young age and the fallout created a lot of problems for me. I made a lot of mistakes in seeking someone to fill that void and it took enormous effort and persistence to readjust my perspective and start creating healthy relationships with men. My teenage and young adult life were filled with emotional turmoil as I finished high school and attended college. I struggled with depression and anxiety and took medication for them. I was fortunate enough to attend a church school and had a wonderful psychology teacher who taught me an eternal principle: I was not helpless. As a daughter of God, I have the inborn ability and destiny to act rather than be acted upon. And with the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I have access to healing and strengthening power. This changed my outlook on my mental illness. I no longer viewed myself as a victim doomed to this dreary existence forever. I had the power to change my brain. So, I went to work applying the Atonement and doing every physical thing to help my body heal. I phased out my medication and learned to exercise and eat right for my physical and mental health. I relied on Christ to help me bear my burden. I have been medication free since. Although I still struggle at times, I have found ways to manage the depression and lead a healthy life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know this is the complete and restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe that we are God's children and He wants us to become like Him. I believe that this life is meant to try, test, and build us so we can become more like God. I know that families are an eternal principle and through the restored priesthood authority, we can make and keep covenants and receive ordinances that will allow us to return and live with God and our families forever. I know that God has restored prophets to the earth to help us and guide us through these last days. I know that Christ is risen and that He lives. I know He atoned for my sins and suffered my afflictions so I can follow Him and be redeemed. I know that through Christ, I can be perfected and become like Him. I know He has a body of flesh and so does our Father in Heaven, resurrected and perfected bodies. I know that everyone is my brother and deserves my love and kindness. I know that the full teachings and power of Christ are here in this gospel because it is His. I know that this church is guided by God through His prophets and I know that anyone can receive the knowledge and testimony I have through the power of prayer and the Holy Spirit. I received a knowledge of these things through the confirmation of the Holy Spirit. That is why I'm a Mormon and that's why I live the way I do.

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday with my family. I participate in an ordinance called the Sacrament which allows me to repent of my sins and renew my covenants (promises) that I made with God when I got baptized, went to our temple, and married my sweet husband. Each hour is filled with inspired messages that members and leaders of our congregation have prayerfully studied and prepared to share with us so we can discuss them and share our experiences and faith. I currently am a chorister in the third hour women's meeting. I enjoy picking hymns to compliment the lessons we have to invite the Spirit of God to be with us as we learn the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also have the opportunity to visit a few women in my ward to bring a special message to them each month and serve them in anyway I can. I'm trying to get more involved in my community's politics and health groups to help promote the family and be a light unto others to share the teachings of Christ.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Heidi
The purpose is to assist people when they are struggling to allow them to get back on their feet. Work is an eternal principle and it is something that refines and gratifies our spirits. Adam was commanded to work that he might "eat by the sweat of [his] brow". We are to do the same, not only for the benefit of ourselves and families, but to bless the lives of others. Show more Show less