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Hi I'm Roxanne

I love book groups, teaching yoga, organizing spaces and people, and dancing with my sweet husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Arizona by a history professor and a fabulous homemaker. They had been ballroom dancers, so it only made sense for me to get involved in dancing in college. And guess what? I found my husband that way as well. I scouted out the best latin dancer and hooked myself to him! He was raised in Utah, and after we finished school in Virginia in Marriage and Family Therapy, we moved back west to be close to family. We have four charming boys, and a darling daughter. I recently started working as the marketer for a company we created six years ago, that provides nationwide aftercare for families who have troubled teens returning home after treatment. I love it! It's using my natural enthusiasm in sharing a message and helping families, with the desire to create and see a project through. Who knew a high school history teacher could market?! We moved to a new home with a couple of acres, and have gotten back to my husband's roots, riding and training horses, keeping a milk cow, chickens, and even pigs! I never thought I would enjoy having a little piglet rooting my feet while I was cooking in my kitchen! After having breast cancer, I decided to spend every minute I could influencing my children and teaching them what mattered most in life. So I decided to home school, and it proved to be a sweet experience. There's nothing that I love more than watching my children discover their world, and share our thoughts and lives. Some might say I've lived a charmed life. I say I've been extremely blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Latter-Day Saint, surrounded by many family members on both sides with strong testimonies of Christ. I was also blessed with a wonderful congregation of stellar examples in living a full and rich Christian life. I have studied this gospel seriously for 27 years and have never come across anything that has discouraged me from living the life worthy of a daughter of God. It is uplifting, loving, refining, and divine. I have had a blessed life, because I have a natural desire to seek out what the Lord would have me do, and then once I know it, I do it. I am blessed with the gift of faith and obedience. I don't have the time or energy to try everything the wrong way first. Though I am far from perfect, I am a studier of people and their lives. I have seen miracles happen in the lives of those who follow the principles of the gospel of Christ. Their lives are marked with purpose, responsibility, and joy. They are productive, motivated, and genuinely good. I know Christ lives, and will come again to the earth. I am working daily on my own heart and in serving my neighbor, so that I can stand worthy to welcome Him back one day. I know that the teachings I have been given through the scriptures and the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true and good. I am a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend when I follow these precepts.

How I live my faith

I have always been very involved with my congregation, since I was a teenager. I am very social and outgoing, and thrive on learning from others and their life experiences. I currently teach the adult Sunday School class every other week. This is like conducting a book group for me. It forces me to study the scriptures deeply, then ask thought-provoking questions, and everyone else fills me in on meanings and real-life application. It's fantastic! I am also lucky enough to be directing the camp for our young women, ages 12-18, this summer. I have decided to use the theme "Best All Around". I don't want these beautiful young girls to be concerned with the world's definition of success, but with the Lord's definition of success. I want them to study and excel in the 4 major roles: nurturer, homemaker, contributor, and follower of Christ. Again, here I am getting to teach and influence for good. Lucky me.

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

Holding a new baby in my arms, is one of the most visible and undeniable testimonies to me that there is a supreme creator, a father who loves us all very much. I have had many experiences though, where I know that it was more than coincidence, when a prayer has been answered. I like to call them "Love Notes from Heavenly Father." Like the other day when I was sitting in church and the thought came from out of the blue "It would be so neat to go to Girl's Camp" I thought it was strange that it came when I was busy doing something completely different. Not an hour later, I was called in by one of the leaders in my congregation and asked to direct the girl's camp this summer. I think the Lord wanted me to know this calling was from him, not from the man who called me. That is a testimony to me that Heavenly Father knows me Roxanne, and wants me to know He has an important errand to do for his children! Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I'd like to say that we women are smart, savvy, deep, passionate, and go-getters. We can be some of the most dedicated and loving friends you've ever wished for. Of course we believe in the equality of men and women. No one can rise to the best within themselves if they feel like they are being kept down. The gospel of Christ is no respecter of persons (or genders). Though there are individuals who may not be living in concert with these teachings, the church has never taught that women are less influential or important than men. Show more Show less