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Katherine Heigl discusses house in Utah, love for family and Mormon values

Compiled by Sarah Petersen, Deseret News

Published: Thu, Sept. 4 5:05 p.m. MDT

 In this photo released by PMK/HBH, actress Katherine Heigl and husband Josh Kelley pose for a photograph with their adopted 10-month-old baby girl from Korea. Katherine and Josh have named their daughter Nancy Leigh and she will go by the nickname Naleigh. She is named after Katherine’s mother Nancy and her aunt Margaret Leigh. (AP Photo/Cheyenne Ellis, PMK-HBH)

In this photo released by PMK/HBH, actress Katherine Heigl and husband Josh Kelley pose for a photograph with their adopted 10-month-old baby girl from Korea. Katherine and Josh have named their daughter Nancy Leigh and she will go by the nickname Naleigh. She is named after Katherine’s mother Nancy and her aunt Margaret Leigh. (AP Photo/Cheyenne Ellis, PMK-HBH)

(Cheyenne Ellis, AP)

Actress Katherine Heigl was recently featured on the September cover of Good Housekeeping magazine. She discussed her life as a wife and mother from her secluded ranch in Utah.

"We had big dreams of expanding our family, moving to the mountains and having a quieter life," she told Good Housekeeping. "Utah is spectacularly beautiful, the people are wonderful and kind, it's an easy commute from L.A. — and there's no traffic!"

The actress best known for her role on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" has always had a tie to the Beehive state, having been raised in the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints while growing up in Connecticut.

Although Heigl is no longer practicing the religion, she credited her family's faith for giving her a strong foundation.

"That structure and discipline was really good for me," she told Good Housekeeping. "I had a childhood that was a childhood. I listened to my parents. I respected the rules."

Heigl also explained that it was because of her upbringing that she had certain standards with her husband before they were married the day before Christmas in 2007 in Deer Valley, Utah.

"I ... didn't want to live together before we were married. I still have enough Mormon in me — not a lot, but enough — that I wanted to keep that a little bit sacred," Heigl told "Vanity Fair" in 2008.

She has also credited the Mormon faith for helping her family through a difficult time after Heigl's older brother was killed in a car accident when she was 7 years old. Heigl's father was Lutheran and her mother was Catholic, prior to their son's death.

"Both my parents felt a great desire for answers, and they found an answer in the Mormon church," Heigl said. "But I give my parents unbelievable credit for pulling it together, and I give the Mormon church a lot of credit for helping them to do that."

Heigl recently explained that her decision to spend more time with her husband and two adopted children also came from her upbringing.

"I felt like my priorities were messed up," she told Good Housekeeping. "I was putting so much time and energy into just my work, but I was raised (to believe) that family comes first."

Heigl is set to star in a new series this fall, "State of Affairs."

Email: spetersen@deseretnews.com | Twitter: @Sarah_DNews

Good Housekeeping - September 2014

Katherine Heigl Interview

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1. Church member
North Salt Lake, UT,
Sept. 4, 2014

It makes me happy to hear that Katherine Heigl has moved on from her Mormon beliefs. It is nice to hear stories of people who figure out it is not true but can still live a good, honest, and moral lives! Bravo to her for having the courage and strength to leave.

2. G-Day-M8
Where is Waldo, UT,
Sept. 4, 2014

@ Church Member

I didn't read anything in the article that said she moved on because the LDS church was not true. It said she was not practicing but still had a lot of mormon in her.

Better luck next time.

3. Kellie Wood
Orem, UT,
Sept. 4, 2014

Heigle says she still has some Mormon in her. I hardly call that leaving the Mormon church so stop saying that. She even says it helped her parents. I hardly call that putting the church down either. Stop exaggerating the situation.

4. T2
SLC, UT,
Sept. 4, 2014

Church Member, too bad she didn't have the courage and strength to stay. Just a matter of perspective.

5. Daniel Ben
Herndon, VA,
Sept. 4, 2014

I would say it takes considerably more courage and strength to stay in the church than it does to leave. Regardless, good for her for holding on to some of those beliefs and values.