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Hi I'm Rosalee

I grew up in poverty when I was young and attended 10 or more different schools between k-12 grades. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in poverty although America has a great system to care for the poor often my family did not take advantage of the resources because of pride. Sometimes I remember looking into empty cabinets and being very hungry. It was a really big deal when groceries came into the house. I am so much more appreciative of my blessings because of those experiences. I like to see myself like The Little Train That Could story constantly saying "I think I can, I think I can..." And making my best effort to make things better and to be better. In the past I would often set unrealistic expectations for myself and others, until I learned that expectations are ok, but hope is better. Expectations often lead us into a place where we think we have more control than we do and we get crushed, but hope gives us enough room to accept what we can't control and what we simply do not know. I am the mother of 3 high energy boys, a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and a granddaughter and more- all of these rolls extremely important to me. I am "someone" to my family even if I am no one to anyone else. I am needed and that is important for me to know.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to be baptised at 8 years old, I had a strong conviction and I was very sure. I know I made the choice myself especially because most of my extended family, whom I love greatly, did not want me to do be baptized and tried to make it difficult for my family because of our religious beliefs. I think even at that age, in those circumstances, I had to be sure it was important. My parents were converts, they wavered in and out of activity in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and because of that I was introduced early and young to all kinds of churches- I really think that helped. I had already been asked by pastors and well meaning neighbors and friends and family so many times that it was impossible to escape asking myself - so I did. And I knew it was true in my heart, I just knew, I could feel it. All the important life questions had an answer in the restored Gospel that the others did not have and a quiet spiritual power that could not be matched. It doesn't make being "a Mormon" easy, but there is something about truth that strengthens me and gives me peace. Heavenly Father has never forgotten me, even when I forgot Him. I Am "a Mormon" because I know this is His church, and I LOVE Him and I need Him and just maybe I can help get someone else 'home' too. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will get me there, in the end THAT is where I want to be.... Home.

How I live my faith

One day at a time. Faith is something that takes work each day. I may waver in strength and mood, but never in conviction and foundational principle- at least not so far and I hope never. I am well aware that faith is lived in actions and not just in words. I set mental goals to address what I see in myself as weaknesses. And even when life has been at it's hardest I have, with God's help, managed to stay afloat somehow. It is important to insist on being positive, not just to want to be positive about life ahead of us. I take inspiration whenever and wherever I can recognize it. I let others around me give me courage to be as great as they are in what I can see they are great in and I don't like to focus on their weaknesses. And above all I believe...... many things, but most importantly I believe in Jesus Christ- He lived, He died, and He lives.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Rosalee
YES! I do. Who was Moses... a righteous man, not a perfect man. He was chosen by God, not by himself. God had assigned Moses to that specific role then and chooses the right man now also. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Rosalee
Mormons believe in the Bible because the Prophets have revealed it to contain the "word" of God. It is God's communication to His children through His prophets at various times since the creation of the earth. Although we believe mortal men tampered with it and changed and lost parts of the books in it, God has confirmed that it still contains truth and is a record of our existence; where we came from, what we are doing here now, where we are going, and why. The Bible itself contains MANY books written by Prophets and leaders specifically from the same region as the country of Israel and some more. It is evidence of God's relationship to His children and it foretells of Christ before His birth, His Birth, and After His death and return to His body, to life. "We believe the Bible to be the word of God so far as it is translated correctly..." The Bible is a compilation of Prophecies and Histories throughout a period or periods of time. It helps us to become closer to Him and to understand Him. And we as Mormons, me in particular, do believe in the Bible..... in its ability to correct, to lift, and to gain valuable and immeasurable information about ourselves and God's plan for His children on this earth, for us. And most valuable to me is the information it contains in which we learn of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Rosalee
Authority to give baptism is important because worthiness is important. God would not trust such an important task to anyone on the street. That person is representing Him. Would you want just anyone representing you? Especially someone who didn't know you, didn't value you, didn't care about your work, didn't understand your work.... and that person could be standing in to represent you, as if what they are and do is you.... and without the full truth it would be impossible to fulfill the requirement to 'stand in' as a representative for any work of God. It would be like giving the keys to your home to just anyone. It seems clear that something as important as your key to your home not be given to just anyone- no matter how "well-meaning" they are. Baptism is to me like the 'Entryway' of 'His Home'. He will want and need the 'right man' to hold those keys. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Rosalee
God reveals Eternal Laws and Eternal Truths to us, His children. He gives us only the very best and wants that for all of His children. He expects us to help bring joy to each other in relationships that were meant to exist and that will be strongest and most effective at helping us in life forever. Homosexuality is NOT what is best. It will not help us, it will not be an eternal relationship, it is the opposite of God-like quality. This is one of many things He has revealed that fits this description. We all suffer with temptation, temptations are essential in testing us, all of us will be pushed to our limits and beyond. Homosexuality is a product of giving-in to temptation. As His Church our duty is to help guide others home and Homosexuality will not get them home. It will not fulfill what is required to be family. It is the very essence of mortal weakness to lust and passion and addiction and bondage to the body. It is a relationship of the most base and low kind. And whatever it is, it for sure is not an eternal relationship no matter how badly some may want it to be. Indulging or supporting others in relationships of this kind will not help them find lasting happiness and joy. As members of His church we commit to His laws, we trust Him, and there is a clear line drawn by God Himself as to where we must stand for the good of those we love. Make no mistake, we do love them and we too want what is best for them. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Rosalee
A ward- is like your immediate (religious) family and they live closest to you, usually in the same town or county. Often other faiths call them "congregations". Aside from your actual blood family they are your help when you need it, especially needs of the spirit. A stake- is like your extended (religious) family and they live in the same statewide area you live in. It is a group of wards that come together to fellowship and enjoy the Gospel in meetings and events. A Branch- is like a very small immediate (religious) family and they live in the same town, city, or county. It is how a Ward begins, it is the earliest stages. They support each other like a Ward, but with a smaller building or fewer members. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Rosalee
Yes a husband and wife with eternal values and qualities can live together forever. They can and they will so long as they have no ordinary marriage. What I mean is that most ordinary marriages today are unfortunately riddled with selfish behavior and totally disregard the laws of God. For a marriage to last forever it must be cared for and one most important way to care for a marriage you want to be eternal is to ask for it to be made eternal through the right authority. God gives the authority to bind marriages and families together through ordinances or ceremonies in His church or more accurately in His Temple. For us the Temple is the gateway between Heaven and Earth, as if it were at the feet of the throne of God. When you want something to be eternal you go there and ask God. Even those of us who have marriages recognized by the authority of God in the Temple must still earn them. Strict codes of conduct involving love, unselfishness, and loyalty must be followed. If the marriage and family mean that much to you and you show it in actions through out your life then God through his authorized servant on the earth will bind those individuals together in these relationships forever. I do also believe that families will live together in heaven. A family is what we were a part of before we came to earth and mortality. Therefor a family will also be what we can expect to return to. It is the social organization and structure instituted of God. Where God is family is also. Show more Show less