My name is Heidi Ann Wehrmeister Malley
From: San Antonio, Texas
Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom
Favorite Food: Jambalaya
Hobbies: Graphic Design, Piano
Favorite Scripture: Mosiah 4:9
Favorite Hymn: Where Can I Turn for Peace?
33 years old, Mother of 5, wife of Jonathan, Bachelors in Elementary Education, grew up in Dallas Metroplex, Convert-age 19, currently serving as a counselor in stake Young Women presidency
What is your greatest accomplishment?
So far, my greatest accomplishment is tricking my husband into marrying me, just kidding. Seriously, we are a great team. And I’m a great mom. I won’t win any Pinterest contests, or housekeeping contests. My kids aren’t the world’s smartest or kindest, or any –est, but I’m doing a great job. And I’m a great friend. I’m not a perfect anything, and I fail…often. But, I’m in the game, and I’m playing.
What brings you the greatest happiness?
Seeing my children serve one another, witnessing youth as they progress and grow their testimonies, spending time with my husband.
What strengthens your faith in Jesus Christ?
I marvel when I have seen others change their lives for the better because of their belief in Jesus Christ, and their faith in His atoning power. People today might wonder why we don’t see much of miracles like we read in the scriptures. I believe those types of (mostly) physical miracles still occur, but I think the almost greater miracle that we see more of today is a change of heart toward repentance or forgiveness or kindness or unselfishness. I believe He created the universe and yet He understands my small, mostly first-world problems, and cares anyway. When I exercise my faith in the belief that by following His teachings and example, and I strive to emulate Him, my life is happier, less complicated, more joyful, and more peaceful, even if not everything is going the way I would necessarily choose. When I read His words in the scriptures, and ponder them, and try to incorporate them into my life, I find myself becoming a kinder, gentler person—quicker to help and slower to anger.
How has one of your spiritual gifts/talents benefited your life?
I believe one of my spiritual gifts is discernment. Often I feel I can see into a friend’s heart when they are hurting. This has really helped me as I’ve served with the youth. I believe the Lord gives us gifts that we might serve others, especially those we have stewardship for as part of a calling. There have been more than a few instances where I’ve been able to look into a young woman’s eyes, and say, what is it that’s bothering you? What’s wrong? And I’ve been able to help. Almost 100% of the time, that help has been simply by being a listening ear. But doesn’t everyone need a listening ear from someone who isn’t your mom or dad? Sometimes, it’s been more than that, but usually that’s what it is. I’ve had this experience with family, friends, and women I visit teach as well.
How do you know when you’ve received answers to prayers?
I don’t always know. Sometimes, I let myself get so busy or distracted, if something goes well that I’ve prayed about, I don’t always take the time to notice the Lord’s help. Pretty ungrateful, huh? But it’s true. Also, I struggle with major depression, and that makes it hard to see blessings and feel good when praying. Especially in those dark times, my husband is such a tremendous help, and I know the Lord strengthens him to be able to do that for me without bearing resentment about it. And truly, most often the Lord does answer my prayers through other people. Maybe a friend will go out of her way to help me or will give me an idea I needed in a conversation. Maybe a family member will call or send me some “mad money” as a pick-me-up. Sometimes things will just seem to work out, but so beautifully and specifically, that I know it was the Lord’s hand. Sometimes things will not work, but I will have an inexplicable feeling of peace about the situation that helps me know the Lord is with me, even in difficulties. Sometimes, I will receive a sense of clarity or “rightness” that helps me see the steps I need to take. Usually just one step at a time.
Heidi’s Conversion Story
I saw the Book of Mormon commercials growing up, and I noticed them. I grew up in a town with lots of members of the Church, and I noticed them. I befriended members and dated a Mormon boy in college. At first, I didn’t want much to do with the Church, but I wasn’t anti-Mormon or anything like that. My college roommate was baptized, and I knew she had a ward list on her bulletin board, so when she was gone, I snuck into her room and got the missionaries’ phone number. I called them and asked them to teach me about the Church. I felt like I had always known what they taught in my heart since I was small. It was like coming home. I never felt like I changed my beliefs, just added a little more. I felt comfortable. I felt much closer to God–like it was Him and me, no intermediary. When I read the Book of Mormon, I felt like I was coming to know my Savior, not just studying about a man from Nazareth with some nice philosophies. What I read in the Book of Mormon made me feel like I had a key to the Bible, or almost like someone had flipped on the lights in a dark room. People don’t think we’re Christian, but it’s since being a Mormon that I’ve felt the closest to my Savior. People think we believe we’ll be saved by our works, but it’s since being a Mormon that I’ve felt most deeply the need for grace. Also, I didn’t just have to accept what I heard in a Sunday sermon. I could listen, and then ask God myself, and gain my own testimony. I felt like I found the Church that was most committed to being the Church set up by the Savior. I felt humility and love and a desire to serve from the members. I was baptized when I was a sophomore in college.
This is my favorite picture right now.”I Would Gather Thee” by Liz Lemon Swindle. It goes with Matthew 23:37 and 3 Nephi 10:6. It illustrates how I feel the Savior cares for us, and shields and protects us.
What are ways you share & live the Gospel with your family or others around you?
I try to be a good friend and include my friends and family (who are non-members) in my church activity. I try to share how the Gospel helps me. I’m just open about what I believe just as I would be about what makeup I like or what Doctor I use for my kids.
What is your hope/wish/prayer for all women throughout the world?
The biggest break I ever got was being born in a free society in the U. S. I can work as I choose. I can believe as I choose. I am not in fear of the society in which I live, nor of the men in my life or my government. I know this is not true for so many women throughout the world. I believe the Gospel gives women confidence and courage. I believe it teaches men to be kind and good. My biggest hope for the world’s women is that they might pursue their dreams without fear. I know that the Gospel can forward this goal.
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have moved 64 times and have not tired of experiencing this beautiful earth! I love the people, languages, histories/anthropologies, & especially religious cultures of the world. My life long passion is the study & searching out of religious symbolism, specifically related to ancient & modern temples. My husband Anthony and I love our bulldog Stig, adventures, traveling, movies, motorcycling, and time with friends and family.