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Hi I'm Rosemary

I grew up in Iowa. I live in Georgia. I have 3 children, one of whom I lost to cancer when he was 21 years old. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Iowa, the daughter of a state trooper. I have always thought I grew up in the best place at the best time - I had a great childhood. The friends from my childhood are still my close friends, even after 60 years. I played bassoon in high school band, was a baton twirler, did competitive speech, drill team, and lots of other fun things. We joined the church when I was 12 years old. I attended BYU where I met my husband. During his military service, I lived in Massachusetts, Utah (while he was in Viet Nam), and Maryland. We then spent over 10 years in Florida, before moving to Georgia in 1983. My most fulfilling accomplishment has been as a mother to three wonderful children. We lost our youngest son to cancer when he was 21 years old - and that has been the hardest thing I have ever dealt with. With two grandchildren now, I believe that being a grandmother is even better than being a mother - and I hope that becomes my greatest accomplishment.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always had a great love for Jesus Christ. As a child, I looked forward to those times when we attended the local Methodist Church. I loved summer Bible school and other special activities. When I was 11, the missionaries came to our home and began to teach us about the church. I had a strong feeling of connection to the things they were teaching, even at that young age. I was baptized when I was 12 and have been active ever since. I know the teachings of the church are true, as I have studied and prayed about them. I have had opportunities to serve in many callings over the years. Many of those callings have been as a teacher, of children, youth and adults. Studying for those lessons has allowed me to really dig into the principles of the gospel. I have also had many leadership opportunities that have helped me to grow personally. I put many of those skills to use when I started working full time when my children were grown. I quickly was promoted into leadership positions. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have felt His comforting arms around me when I lost my son. I have felt His forgiveness when I have failed. I have felt His helping hands in the service I have received from other members. As I have grown to know more, my testimony has grown stronger. I thank God often that I was allowed to have the strength of the church during my teen years which helped me start out on the right path and that I have been blessed to continue on that path. It has brought joy, peace, and love into my life.

How I live my faith

For the last four years, I have served as stake director of public affairs, which means I have been working in the community. I have had the great privilege to work with people who are involved in many of the nonprofit organizations in the area. They are wonderful people who are dedicated to helping those in need and it has been fun and eye-opening to work with them. I have also had the chance to meet with the local elected officials on many occasions, as we worked together to help strengthen our communities. I have just been released from that calling and am now working with the organization for woman. I find that I am still thinking about the needs in our community and am looking forward to encouraging more local service by our families. I also have the responsibility to provide the support that the women need, spiritual and temporal. It is an exciting thing to be responsible to help the woman become better wives, mothers, and daughter of God.