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Hi I'm Rose

I'm a wife and mother trying to finish my college degree. I enjoy reading and running. I love being with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I think I am a pretty typical and ordinary person. I take care of my family and try to help others. I enjoy reading and get together with friends to discuss books but really to interact and share insight. I find that exercise makes me feel better as a person and more in tune with myself so I try to do something active daily, mostly running, but I enjoy biking and yoga also. I quit college to work and support my husband through school so I am working on finishing my own degree at home. I find it challenging to balance family life and school but it is rewarding as well. I have challenges with my kids and am constantly learning more about myself and how to be a good parent through the experiences I have with them. Sometimes I am good at it and other times I need improving.

Why I am a Mormon

My life as all peoples has been filled with challenges, some of my own creation and some not. I am a Mormon because through the suicide of my brother, the loss of my parents, the struggles with my spouse, trials of raising children, especially teenagers, and daily ups and downs I have been strengthened and blessed by the teachings of the Christ. It is through those experiences that I have studied and prayed more earnestly. I have studied both the words of my Savior in the Bible and the Book of Mormon and the Spirit has testified to me of the truths that are there. The principles and teachings found in the Book of Mormon for me have deepened my understanding of how to be more Christlike. They have taught me how to be a better parent and how to face the everyday challenges that all of us face. They have showed me a better way to live. They have given me hope that there is life beyond this and that it is within my reach. They have taught me that I am a daughter of God. I have immense value to Him. Each of us is His child and He wants us to help one another throughout our mortal existence; to teach and to lift and to build each other up. As my testimony of the Savior has grown and developed I continue to see glimpses of the great and eternal sacrifice and love He has shown us through his Atonement, crucifixion, and resurrection. He has given us the opportunity to live with Him and the Father again. He has taken our sin, our pain, our sorrow, our inadequacy, our regrets upon Him. As I do my best He fills in my gaps and allows me to become whole. As a Mormon I understand that I can be with my family eternally. We all have choices to make and if we choose to follow and accept the Atonement we will one day be together even when this life has separated us. The quiet whisperings of the Spirit have spoken to my heart and through those whisperings my life has been changed and my beliefs have been confirmed.

How I live my faith

For a long time I thought that living my faith had to do with all the "right" things I did or didn't do. As I have grown older I have come to realize that it is in the way I treat others that I exemplify my faith. Do I look for and reach out to those in need? Do I speak and treat kindly all people? Do I see others as God's children? Do I look into their hearts and see who they really are? Am I living a life of service or am I in it for me? Do I allow others mistakes? Can I forgive, really forgive? My faith teaches me that God wants me to love His children as He does, unconditionally. When I do this, I am living my faith. Is it easy no, and I make plenty of mistakes but that is also how I live my faith. I live believing that I am here to learn and grow, that life is a journey and sometimes the journey will be smooth but quite often there will be rough terrain. I may stumble and fall, I may need help getting back up, but I can always continue the journey. My choice comes in how I will continue, will I focus on me or will I focus on others? The beauty of living my faith is that I don't do it alone. I have family and friends who love and support me. I have a Savior who carries and sustains me. My sphere of influence is small but in my ordinary life I try to do something for others that shows them how much the Savior loves them. That is how I live my Faith. I do it one day at a time, mistake by mistake, gaining a better understanding of who I am and what my purpose truly is.