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Hi I'm Roberta

Privileged to serve three missions, my life is God & family. I capture beauty with photography & wisdom in words. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the Church and have completed two missions as a senior missionary with my husband, and one Church-service mission. These missions have been the greatest growing experiences and blessings of my life (aside from marriage and children). We have 12 wonderful children between the two of us, all of whom are 100% loving and supportive. We have 26 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Family means everything to us, but we left our family for a little while to take the gospel to others so they can know about God's great plan of happiness whereby we can have our families with us forever. None of my relatives are members of the Church, so I have a lot of family history and temple work to do for my ancestors. I love nature, reading, writing, and photography. My professional career was school counseling and I still enjoy helping people find success in life. My life is now dedicated to watching over my family and using my time and talents to serve my Heavenly Father and fellow human beings in whatever way possible. One way I hope to brighten up even a tiny spot in the world for someone is through my new blog--Happiness-Faith-Hope.blogspot.com.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I searched for truth earnestly in my teen years and found the answers to my questions when I was taught by the missionaries at the age of 18. The appearance of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ (in the First Vision) verified what I had always believed, that they are separate individuals with the same purpose. All of my questions were answered and the puzzle pieces finally fit! Everything in the LDS Church is perfectly organized as it was originally by Christ--prophets, apostles, and priesthood authority to act for God. The plain and simple gospel truths make sense! Through the gospel teachings of the Church, I gain direction and purpose for my life--and most of all--hope. Knowing that Christ's Church has been restored to the earth means everything in my life, because I know I have a choice to gain Eternal Life and it is clear what I need to do while on the earth. I am a Mormon because The Book of Mormon is the only book with a promise that we can know it is true! I found out through study, pondering, prayers, and through the witness of the Holy Ghost, that it IS true! It is exciting to have this ancient, accurate record as a second testament of Jesus Christ. It is comforting to know our Savior appeared to his "other sheep" after his resurrection. He loves us all. I love being a member of Christ's restored Church, with prophets, apostles, and teachers to lead and guide me in these last days!

How I live my faith

Serving 100% for the Lord on a mission is the ultimate spiritual experience. Sometimes in everyday life, it is hard to capture that level of spiritual awareness, but it can happen when I am aware of the everyday miracles happening around me each day. I can live my faith most fully by keeping the Holy Ghost with me so I can be guided to be an instrument in God's hands. The only way to do this is to live a Gospel-centered life. When I am not on a mission, there are many missionary things I can still do as a member missionary and as a Church-service missionary. I also enjoy teaching at church on Sunday in the class for the ten-year-old children. The Sunday School program for the children is called Primary. My life has always been focused mainly on working as a leader or teacher in programs for young adults, youth and children in and outside of the Church. Living faithfully means exercising faith by praying night and morning (and during the day when something comes to mind), reading scriptures and pondering them daily, keeping the Sabbath Day holy by attending Church meetings, serving others, repenting daily, striving to follow the Savior's example, and living the commandments. These are the gospel basics that keep me strong. My motto of faith to follow the Savior's example is: LOVE MUCH AND DO THE BEST I CAN TO BE LIKE HIM.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

At death our spirits go to the spirit world (paradise). Those who chose to follow God in this life will live in a state of happiness, peace, and rest from troubles and care. Those who chose not to obey God in this life and did not repent live in a state of unhappiness. Life after death (after judgment) will be in one of the three kingdoms of glory, based our choices between good and evil and how we lived our life. Jesus Christ made it possible for everyone to be resurrected--for their soul to reunite with their bodies never to be separated again. Everyone who has ever lived on earth will receive immortal bodies and each person will receive their reward in whatever kingdom they have qualified for based on how they lived their life. Those who gain Eternal Life will live with the Father and the Son in the celestial kingdom, which is the highest degree of glory where they can be with their worthy family members forever. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Husbands and wives are to love and care for each other and for their children. They are to teach their children to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. The husband is to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Wives are primarily responsible for the nurture of any children they have and to care for the home, providing a safe haven for the family. Husbands and wives help one another as equal partners and they are obligated to honor their marital vows with complete fidelity. (See The Family: A Proclamation to the World on lds.org). Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No. Absolutely not! It is a person's choice as to what political parties he or she is affiliated. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a volume of holy scripture comparable to the Bible. It is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fulness of the everlasting gospel. It is a another testament of Jesus Christ (". . . in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established-Matt. 18:16). It is the only book that has a promise that you can know it is true if you are willing to read, ponder on what your read, and ask God sincerely in prayer to know that it is true. A person has to have faith and pray and he or she will know it is true through the power of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the eternal power and authority of God. Through the priesthood He created and governs the heavens and the earth. By this power, the universe is kept in perfect order. Through this power He accomplishes His work and glory, which is "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man" (Moses 1:39). Our Heavenly Father delegates His priesthood power to worthy male members of the Church. The priesthood enables them to act in God's name for the salvation of the human family. Through it they can be authorized to preach the gospel, administer the ordinances of salvation, and govern God's kingdom on earth. (Gospel Principles p.67, chapter 13). Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

It is much the same as the Bible in that prophets of old recorded their history and revelation received from God by the spirit of prophecy. It contains records of people who came from the old world to the Americas. There are two groups of people who kept records. One went to the Americas around the time of the tower of Babel and another left before Jerusalem was destroyed after 600 BC. Show more Show less