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Hi, I'm Heather, and I am a Mormon. I grew up in Washington State, graduated with a degree in education from Western Washington (when it was a state college), served a mission in Quebec, and am married with two grown children. I love to travel and collect things!
I am a Mormon because of the gift of agency. God has given us all this gift of being able to choose for ourselves what we will believe. We have this time on earth to learn and to make our choices. From the time of Adam, He has provided prophets to guide and direct His children so that they might make their choices based on the truths that were taught. With the coming of Christ, the Law of Moses was fulfilled. He taught the law of love, organized His church with apostles and prophets, ordaining them with the priesthood, or authority to act in His name. The Savior was rejected. Through His atoning sacrifice, death, and resurrection hope came to all mankind to live again upon making the choice to follow Him, and keep His commandments. After His death, the apostles were also killed. Prophetic directions was lost. Eventually the church became divided according to opinion and differences in interpretation of doctrine. (2 Thes 2:3) This period of time was followed what came to be called the Dark Ages. But then came the Renaissance. Great men arose, Gutenberg, Luther, Calvin, and many others who sought religious freedom, paving the way for a prophet, Joseph Smith, to again be called, ordained with His priesthood and the authority to reorganize His church upon the earth. With this restoration, we again have a living prophet, presently Thomas S. Monson, to receive direction from God for the welfare of His children. Through the teachings of living prophets and the scriptures, Bible, Book of Mormon, etc. I can learn, pray, choose and receive personal revelation and confirmation of the truth of anything. The more I learn and ponder and pray, and "try out" the teachings for myself, the more I know it is true. Through this knowledge and the peace it brings I am able to face challenges with peace and recognize and enjoy my blessings, especially home, friends, and family, more fully.
I live my faith by trying to remember to make at least a "little" difference each day. Gordon B. Hinckley, our past prophet and president of the Church counseled us to make a “decision within ourselves to be a little better than we’ve been, a little kinder, a little more merciful, a little more outreaching, with a little greater desire to bless those in distress and need. … Think of some small way in which we might improve ourselves and draw nearer to our Lord.” I try to remember that each one of us on this earth is a beloved child of God with a divine purpose, and that we are here to learn to serve and love one another. Helping in the schools in the classrooms and in PTA, teaching youth and adult classes in church, collecting and helping make blankets for many different needs in the community and overseas, and helping collect, make up, and deliver hygiene kits are some of the opportunities I have had to practice serving and following the Savior.