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Hi I'm Rosalie

I have lived in Washington state my whole life. I am a wife, a mom of three and a college student. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a mother of 3 and a full-time student. I am currently working toward my nursing degree. I have one Great Dane and a Red-Tailed Boa. I love animals and have worked with all kinds over the years. I grew up in the country on the back of a horse and love to be outside, especially when the sun is shining. When I am up in the mountains, out in the woods or somewhere similar, I feel 100% relaxed and calm. The stresses of life are forgotten. There is just something about nature! I do a variety of craft projects from woodworking to painting. Every year for Christmas, our family makes something crafty and plates of desserts to share with friends and family. I like to bake almost anything, but desserts you top with ice-cream are my favorite. I enjoy trying new things as long as they are not too scary but my favorite thing to do is spend time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of this Church my whole life, but for a long time I wanted no part of it. I was a teenager when I stopped going to church and chose a direction opposite of how I was taught. I did not know what to believe. I ranged from denying the existence of God to knowing he was there but thinking he hated all of us. I gave up on Him and me. My savior did not give up me even though I turned my back on Him. I witnessed miracles and still did not accept Him. A couple of years ago, I reached a low point in my life and finally turned to the scriptures. Through the sacred gift of the Holy Ghost, and a blessing given to me by my father, I finally know that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me very much. I know Christ is my savior and know he has suffered greatly for my sins. So much was revealed to me the day of my blessing and for the weeks that followed. I had a burning desire to seek repentance and walk the path Christ showed us. I had a happy life before this happened, but I never knew this kind of joy and happiness was possible until I repented and started living a life pleasing to my Heavenly Father. I still have trials and make mistakes, but they seem easier now that I know who I am and where I am going. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ's true and living church. I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet called by God to restore Christ's church on the earth. I know we have a prophet today that leads and guides us. I know anybody can have this truth if they ask Heavenly Father with a sincere heart.

How I live my faith

Having a husband that is not religious at all and doesn't understand how it can be so important to me is a challenge. I have to find creative ways to get my husband to participate in things I feel strongly about. An example of this is food storage. I felt strongly that we needed to start and build a food storage. He didn't want to because the prophets have been counseling us to do it for years. I talked to him about the economy and jobs being lost and how that could help us through tough times like that and he decided it was important too. Now he is on board with any emergency preparedness stuff. A program the church calls Family Home Evening is one night a week we sit down as a family and share a message as well as our weekly plans. This is not something my husband will do so every day at dinner we each share the best and worst thing that happened each day. A couple times a week this turns into an important lesson we can teach our kids. I love my husband very much and will not push him to accept religion but I will try and be a good person and hope that one day he will have the desire to seek Christ. I try and start each day on my knees in prayer. Inviting my Heavenly Father into my day seems to make a big difference. I read my scriptures everyday even if it is only a few verses. I try and do this in the mornings as well. I try and be a good neighbor in my community. I try and treat everyone I come in contact with the same way I would like to be treated. I encourage my children to do the same and teach them the worth of each individual and the love Heavenly Father has for each one of his children. My church calling is to coach the teenage girls volleyball and basketball teams. Being with the youth of my ward is extremely rewarding. I am so thankful I am being given the opportunity to spend time with these wonderful girls.

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

Rosalie
We have been encouraged by church leaders to participate in political affairs. I personally claim no party as my own but instead research candidates and issues. After obtaining the information, I pray for guidance in making my decision. Most of the Mormons I talk to about this also do the same. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Rosalie
Being a Mormon has brought me more joy and happiness than I ever thought possible. I was born into a Mormon family but rebelled as a teenager. I did my own thing and thought Mormons were crazy with all their rules and boring lives. Entering into adulthood I was happy. I had a good husband and was starting my little family. The stresses of life came and went with some being easier than others. I would occasionally attend church meetings but never really got anything out of them. Different things happened leading me to figure out what I really believed. I felt like I had failed at life. There was no point in going on. In September 2009, I had no idea what one phone call to my mother would lead to. My father gave me a blessing I though was going to help ease my torment but it was so much more. I finally knew my Heavenly Father was there and loved me. I felt it as if he we there in person embracing me. I spent several weeks repenting of my past and working toward eternity. It was as if a cloud had lifted from my brain and I just knew things. I have never in all my life experienced such joy and happiness. I am so happy that I want to share this happiness with everybody. It can be had by anyone and everyone who reads the Book of Mormon and asks Heavenly Father with a sincere heart, wanting to know the answer, if this book is true. It doesn't make sense to most, but even in my trials and hardships, I have joy and happiness. Show more Show less