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Hi I'm Heidi

About Me

I'm a lucky wife, mother of four fabulous children (three that I hold in my arms and one that I hold in my heart), nurse, marathoner, reasonable cook, and oh so much more. I love spending time with my family, especially outdoors. I'm slowly getting better at not killing the lovely little plants that I purchase at the nursery each spring and poke into my dirt. Once upon a time when I was young, fearless and perhaps a tad stupid, I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane at 10,500 feet. I now prefer pursuits that keep my feet firmly planted on the ground.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm one of those born-and-bred types, though my mom converted to the Mormon church when she was in her early 20's. I have only recently come to really appreciate the sacrifice it was for her to leave the traditions that she grew up with, and I am grateful for her example of faith. It's easy enough to just go out of habit, because that's what I've always done, but that's not good enough for me - I had to earn that testimony for myself. I can't say that there was any one "lightning bolt" moment for me, more a cummulation of little spiritual confirmations. The biggest trial of my faith came when our third child was diagnosed with a fatal birth defect midway through the pregnancy. During those months, I experienced the deepest hurt of my life, literal physical pain from the emotional and spiritual devastation. But the other side is that I also experienced the most tender mercies and her birth was the most remarkable and strongly spiritual time. Eternal families always sounded great, but until I held our sweet little angel in my arms for those brief hours, I didn't really understand just HOW much it means to me that I know that I will have the opportunity to raise her in the eternities.

How I live my faith

It has always made the most sense to me to simply be a good person that tries to always do the right thing. (Notice that I try - I'm not perfect! I'm a work in progress.) Actions speak louder than words, so if by observing the way I live it makes other people curious about my beliefs, than I am headed in the right direction. I am active in my ward and have served in a number of capacities, currently with 8-9 year old kids in the Primary organization and leading the music in Sacrament meeting.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Heidi
I think that the Mormon Church has one of the most remarkable humanitarian aid outreach programs in the entire world. And I'm really not exaggerating. If you've never had the opportunity of visiting Welfare Square in downtown Salt Lake City, you ought to schedule it in to a future trip. Each month on the first Sunday, we are asked to fast, and then to donate a Fast Offering. Those funds go directly and completely to help the poor and needy. When disasters strike, the Church is invariably one of the first responders with pallets of food, water, medicine, clothing and other supplies all ready to go. In addition to disaster assistance, the Church has many other wonderful programs to assist people in developing countries with gaining the skills necessary to improve their economic status, education and health. The Perpetual Education fund is a particular favorite of mine. Those that are given money from the fund for higher education then pay back in to it when they are able to help other people achieve the same goals. I can't even count how many service oriented meetings I've been two where dozens of ward members have dug in to piles of supplies and put together hundreds of school kids, hygiene kits, newborn kits, quilts and other items to be distributed to needy people. Deseret Industries is the church's thrift store chain, but it's more than just a store. It's a safe place for people to gain the skills necessary to get employment elsewhere. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Heidi
Nope. I was raised with a piggy bank that had sections for tithing, mission and spending money, and all of my teenage years I prepared myself in that direction. But when it came time for me to make the decision about whether to put my papers in or not (women go at age 21), I didn't feel right about it. I prayed, discussed it with my parents and with my bishop, and decided that I needed to stay in school. It was not too many months later that I became engaged to my husband and married shortly thereafter, hence the reason I felt reticent about going on a mission. I have 5 sisters, and only one has served a full time mission. I have 6 brothers, and 5 have served full time missions (actually, one is out right now!) The one that didn't go simply wasn't and still isn't in the right place spiritually to share his testimony with others, but is living a good life. That said, I feel like my informal mission is to be exactly where I am right now. Teaching my little ones, taking good care of my patients at work, and reaching out to the people around me. Some day I hope to go on a mission with my husband. I'm most interested in serving in a healthcare related capacity. I'm more comfortable sharing my testimony in little natural conversational snippets than formal proselyting. Show more Show less