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Hi I'm Rose

I'm a retired psychologist and creator of personal growth seminars for women. I'm a devoted Mormon.

About Me

I am a 77 year old mother of seven children, eleven grand children and one great-grand child (with another on the way). I happily live in Denver Colorado with my wonderful husband Rick. How I found myself in this happy life is a story worth relating. Rick and I attended East High School in Salt Lake City and were very good friends. Upon graduation we both went our separate ways and created married lives with very different life styles. After nearly forty years both our spouses passed away from cancer. We reconnected through our 40th high school reunion. After a whirlwind romance, wedding and honeymoon, Rick brought me from Southern California to Colorado. We both agreed that our past cultural and religious beliefs were a common thread in our lives and we both sought to re-establish our membership in the Mormon Church. We have now been happily married for 19 years. We both feel very grateful to be totally active in the church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, grew up in Salt Lake City and loved and lived the gospel throughout my childhood and early marriage. After a troubling divorce and complicated circumstances I was forced to develop the skills and education necessary to survive. Consequently I was forced to re-create myself several times as I groped for personal status and social success in the tumultuous life styles of Southern California. Slowly, over time, I became inactive in my church attendance and my testimony of the gospel was put on hold. As a result of several very personal and spiritual experiences I realized that my true self worth and happiness could only be realized by returning to full and active participation in the Mormon Church. Fortunately I have been actively engaged with my religion for the past twenty years. I have found fulfillment, joy and peace more than I have ever had before.

How I live my faith

I am fully engaged in all of the activities of my church family which I consider my "community". It is such a joy to share my religious beliefs with like minded people as well as with other non-member friends with whom I come into daily contact. For me, to be totally active in church has become a way of life in which I find complete satisfaction and fulfillment. My participation in the Sunday meetings, the church-wide conferences as well as local conferences are always inspirational and uplifting. Being able to be of service to others is also very rewarding. Some of the ways I live my faith are going to church every Sunday that I am able, saying daily prayers, periodic fasting, paying a full tithe and reading the scriptures daily. I also enjoy being active in the church sponsored women's organization, for which I teach a monthly lesson. Some of the activities that are available include a book club, a cooking club, quilting, nutrition classes and a physical exercise group. Because of my church I feel that my life is in balance mentally, physically and spiritually.