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Hi I'm Heidi Shipp

I was born in Minnesota. I have raised 7 children, including one who is disabled and one we adopted from Ukraine. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Wife, Mother, Sister and Daughter. Most of my time is filled with fulfilling these rolls. -My husband and I have been married for 41 years. I love him more today than when we were married. Learning to work together, serve together, sacrifice together, learning together, praying together and playing together fills one’s life with rich memories. -We have seven children who have been a delight and a challenge to raise and launch. Each came to our home with unique interests and talents but no instruction manual arrived with their delivery. Each has their own talents that have taken time to cultivate. -My only sister has a major disabling disease. She has lived with great pain and fatigue for over 20 years. Because of this I try to spend time helping her with simple things that she is unable to do for herself. This is always a privalage but sad that I’m not able to do more for her. -Even though I’m one of six siblings I offen feel like I’m an only child at this point in my life. My father passed away 5 yeas ago and my Mother needs a lot of attention. My sister is unable to help and my four brothers are working to support their own Families and not as tuned into the difficulties a woman faces as I am. Because of this my mother relies on me for many of her needs.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it brings me so much happiness and peace. I know God lives. I know this because I feel his influence in my life daily. The beauties of this world testify of this love for me. The opportunities of having families where we practice sacrificing and growing together, testify of God’s reality to me. I look forward to being back in His presence someday. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. I know he loves me. I know he was willing to do everything His Father asked him to do. This included atoning for my sins. I love him and desire to work hard at becoming more like him. I find being a Mormon helps me understand this in greater detail. I am a Mormon because the principles taught in this church are what the Savior taught, and they make sense to me. The church teaches me how to live a happy, good life. It teaches where I have been and where I am going after this life. This gives me direction in my life. These teachings bring peace and fulfillment.

How I live my faith

Besides taking care of my family I have enjoyed serving in my community and church. Because of our sons disability I had the privilege of serving on our state’s council for people with disabilities. Here I found comfort in helping others who were struggling with many of my same problems. We helped other families find solutions to their problems and we educated the legislature, schools and community organizations. Serving in our church organization has also brought great rewards. I love teaching youth. It is a challenge to keep them interested as well as educated. I have found I usually learn more then anyone. Youth always have the best questions—finding answers together helps us all to grow. Our church gives as the opportunity to visit regularly with other sisters in the church. We “help” each other like family. These different sisters have become some of my best friends. I know I always have someone that will help me or that I can help when they have a need. Jesus taught us to love our neighbor like ourselves. To me this is true religion.