What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Hi I'm Rosalyn

I teach music to young children, my husband and I adore our seven children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a daughter, sister, friend, wife and mom. I strive to be present with our young twins and stay connected with the teens and young adults who are still my babies. The longer I live, the more I treasure time with my parents, siblings, and extended family. I love late night chats, hot chocolate and toast, road trips, early morning walks, talking and laughing with my husband, camping on a green mountainside, singing with children, a good game of scrabble, and good movies.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have found shelter and safety from the storm here. I have found more than just safety... I have found also love, hope, comfort, joy, renewal, courage, acceptance, and forgiveness.... but I believe the safety and security I feel in the arms of my Savior's love brought me the desire to stand on my own conviction. I found my conviction as a young child when in lonely, confusing, or scary times, I discovered I could pray to my Father in Heaven and I felt heard. I discovered He understood my heart and comforted me in my heartache. I learned that He knew me, He loved me and would protect me. I found safety and security in the clarity and simplicity of His commandments. Then and now, I experiment with trusting God and following His commandments. The result? I continue to discover peace, even an unfettered happiness, I haven't been able to duplicate in any other way -- and this in midst of my oh, so imperfect life.

How I live my faith

Right now I am assigned to be a visiting teacher in my ward. I have a female companion also assigned to work with me and visit the same women I visit. Our responsibility is to befriend two women, also members of our congregation. At the minimum, our assignment is to visit them in their homes once a month, but more ideally, we will get to know them on a more personal level, becoming true friends. When I am on the receiving end and my visiting teachers take an interest in me and my life, I feel a special kinship toward them. I believe my visiting teachers care genuinely about me and find that even a simple phone call or short visiti in my home lifts me and brightens my day. Another assignment I have in my congregation is on the stake level, which simply means my assignment encompasses all the wards in my stake, currently about 10 of them. I serve as the Stake Primary Chorister and as such, I train, encourage and nurture the Primary Choristers who serve in their individual wards throughout the stake. On occasion, I conduct a children's choir. The Primary Choristers are men or women who teach songs and lead the Primary children (ages 3-11) in a Singing Time each Sunday during Primary. Primary Choristers are loved by the children and provide sweet, happy experiences while teaching gospel doctrine through music.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Rosalyn
We live in a world in which our personal identities are vulnerable to theft. Protecting my personal identity, my home, family, finances, reputation and freedom is of great value to me. In my absence I want only someone I trust and authorize to act in my name. I believe the same is true for God. Not only do I believe God wants someone He has authorized to perform saving ordinances in his name, but as a recipient, I want that ordinance to be valid. If one is not authorized by God to perform a baptism, how can I trust my faith filled demonstration is effective, real and accepted by Him. How will I know I have entered into a binding covenent with God? I want to know my faith and my actions are recognized by God. I want to actually receive the blessings He has promised me when I obey his commandments and enter into covenants with him by participating in saving ordinances. I believe that can only happen when I accept saving ordinances, like baptism, at the hand one who authorized and worthy to act in God's name, in the presence of others also authorized to act in God's name. This feels safe and real to me. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Rosalyn
I understand my church practiced plural marriage previously for several reasons. Some of them I think I understand and some of them I don't understand, but I trust my Father in Heaven. I believe He would not ask us to do anything that would hurt us. I do not have all the information to accurately assess the decision to practice polygamy in the early days of the church. I believe the adversary obscures and distorts anything given to us from Father in Heaven in order to confuse us and lead us away from His peace and joy. I believe this is the case with polygamy. Show more Show less