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Hi I'm Rose

I'm a mom. I'm a geek. I'm a crafter, a gamer, a reader, a Whovian, and a strong supporter of the Oxford comma. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in New England, grew up in Northern Minnesota, and now live in a gorgeous pink house in Utah. I studied political science in college and made my career as a computer tech. I'm a stay at home mom who plays the flute and the piano and loves to sing. I dance with my 2 little boys, sing show-tunes while doing the dishes, and I have no talent whatsoever at scrapbooking.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because I want to be happy. Of course, being Mormon in and of itself doesn't necessarily make you happy, but the gospel teaches us what we should do if happiness is truly our goal. I want to be happy. I have sacrificed parties and boys, friends and stylish clothes. It wasn't always easy. In fact, there were times that were really, really hard. But I know it was worth it. I have 2 little boys and this really awesome husband who treats me well. I have a small but cozy house and some great friends. I go to play group and preschool and yeah, I take 3 hours every week to go to church, but we're so incredibly happy! Who knew that life could be this good!?!

How I live my faith

My faith is not perfect. I'm not perfect. Sometimes I'm mean or gossipy or not as understanding as I should be. Sometimes I'm short-tempered and sometimes I just get bummed. But I live my faith by trying to be better every day. In my ward, I teach the 12 (turning 13) Sunday school class. It can be so hard sometimes. These kids are at a critical point in their life where they have to start making the choices about what they want to be. As they progress through junior high and into high school, they are going to be faced with the pressures of drugs and alcohol and morality and dress and clean language and just homework! Who do they want to be? It's so hard to impress upon them the importance of deciding on that now and acting on it now while still allowing them to maintain whatever innocence of their youth remains. But if they don't decide now, if they try to ride the fence, they're going to get pushed one way or the other. You can't ride the fence. There is no grey area. The lines are clear. We all have to choose. When I talk to them, I think of how I chose once. I sat in a chair at church much like they do. And I chose what I wanted to be. I knew what I would and wouldn't do before the question was ever poised, and so I never had to think about it when a million eyes were boring into me. I remember being at a party and someone offering me a beer. Somewhere deep inside of me I wanted it so much. But I already knew my answer. I already knew what I had chosen. There was a little bit of disappointment or even disgust in the eyes of the others that night. It hurt a little. But faith isn't always easy or mind-blowing. Sometimes it's as hard as pulling back your hand and saying "no" because the Lord has promised freedom and happiness and so much more. I lost those friends that night. They never called me again. But the next day, someone new called, and I met some of the most amazing people that still affect my life today. No one said it would be easy, only worth it.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Rose
It only seems rational to me that there must be a God. The natural order of things is chaos. A jar of beads will only become more mixed up without the rational effort of someone sorting them back into their color coded categories. I look at the world around me and know that it must have taken the rational effort of someone sorting through the chaos to make such a beautiful and amazing place with so many beautiful and amazing people and things! Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Rose
Yes. If you believe in Christ as a just and merciful Lord, then it only makes sense that He must have visited his people throughout the world. We know that long before Christ was born, the people of Israel were scattered. 10 tribes were lost as groups, and who knows how many of the remaining 2 tribes just kind of wandered off or stayed in the various lands that captured them or whatever! The line of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob spanned far more than just the area immediately surrounding Jerusalem. No one knows the exact details, but must be true! The tribes didn't just fall off the edge of the earth! So even if you believe that Christ would ONLY visit the house of Israel, He still would have had a myriad of other stops to make throughout the world to find the rest of the tribes! Also, we know that there are many records scattered and buried throughout the world that we just haven't found yet. If this were not true, then Archaeologists wouldn't have jobs. The Lord led Joseph Smith to just one of these sets of records which describe Christ's visit to just one of these groups of people who happened to be on the American continent at the time. While we are not sure of the exact location of all of the events described, we do know that in the end, at least one of these people ended up in what is now New York, although other events could have taken place anywhere in North or South America. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Rose
The Book of Mormon was not written by any one person any more than the Bible was written by any one Mormon. Is the Martin Luther Bible written by Martin Luther? Is the King James Bible written by King James? No. The Book of Mormon is a collection of writings from various prophets who led a group of people who came over from Jerusalem in about 600 B.C. until the record ends in about 421 A.D. The book is compiled and added to by a prophet named Mormon (much like a group of Jewish scholars compiled the Old Testament writings or a group of Christian scholars compiled the New Testament writings), and it was translated into the modern tongue through the power of God by Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Rose
Relief Society is the official way in which the women are organized to assist with the spiritual and welfare needs of individuals and families in the area. While the focus does seem to be on active members of the church (most because those are the people most open to assistance from this organization), the goal and purpose of Relief Society is to help ALL individuals and families wherever a need may arise regardless of religion and/or faithfulness. Show more Show less