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Hi I'm Jaroldeen Romero

I love old furniture,new babies,big dirty cities,small clean beaches,my husband,motherhood,America, and my church- I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm what you call a "stay-at-home mom", however, I think that is a misnomer. I like to think of myself as a "going places mom." I have loved exploring with my children all the different cities we have lived in: Salt Lake, San Francisco, New York, San Antonio, and now Austin, TX. I've pushed more than one double stroller to its grave. I know parts of Golden Gate and Central Park like the back of my hand. Our children began to feel so at home at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that once inside, they would pull me by the hand and take me to their favorite painting or mosaic. Now they all have their favorite food trailer in South Austin. When our existance was more urban, I also loved to steal away with them across the Golden Gate Bridge or up the Merrit Parkway for a day in the country. Now that I have teenagers and school-aged children, we are "going places" for varied reasons: to soccer games and choir concerts and play rehearsals and cello lessons, etc. More recently, the luxury that I occasionally steal is to spend a lazy afternoon at home with my preschooler -- ignoring the laundry to go for a dip in the pool or tell stories in the hammock. Maybe the "stay-at-home" moniker isn't so bad afterall.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because four generations ago sixteen individuals, that is my great grandparents, (and in some cases my great grandparents) asked God if the message the Mormon missionaries were sharing about the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ was true. They all became so convinced that they were willing to leave home and country and family and join in the building up of the kingdom of God on the earth in preparation for the second coming of Jesus Christ. That is why I'm a Mormon. I could be even more specific. For example I could say I'm a Mormon because Mary Bommeli was willing to give all of her earnings to her father and sisters to make the trek West, and then move from her native Switzerland to Berlin, Germany and continue to weave for wealthy families and save everything she earned to make it to America, to join with the Latter-day Saints. Just one example. My ancestors lost jobs, inheritances, and sometimes their lives in their journey to join with the members of the church. At that time, it was a period of gathering, so that the church could have a strong foundation of faithful members, and so that those members could combine efforts to build beautiful meeting houses and temples to their God. I'm part English, German, Scottish, Swedish, Danish, and American all because of my predecessors' participation in this historic movement. It is important for me to remember their stories, because it actually helps me to feel more connected to people who are willing to join the church now, when I remember that every member of the church, lifelong or not, is a member because of a conversion story (or two or sixteen.) So that's why I was born a member of the church-- however, that is not necessarily why I remain a Mormon. I am a Mormon today, because of the subsequent faith of my grandparents and parents, and ultimately, I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today, because I have had my own spiritual confirmation of its truthfulness.

How I live my faith

I hope I live my faith in such a way that it is apparent to all those who know me. It is meant to be part of every part of my life. I love that the gospel lends us that perspective that we can see the divine and the spiritual in even the most menial tasks. I begin each morning with personal prayer and scripture study, then I wake up the other sleepy heads in the house and we have a family devotional where we sing (sometimes I'm a soloist as they are still extremely groggy,) have family prayer, and take turns reading verses from the Book of Mormon. We play a game called "popcorn" where the person reading can stop wherever they want and "popcorn" someone else to continue. This way, everyone is supposed to read along together. My husband and I interject comments and questions along the way. Then our two teenagers head to an early morning seminary class where they are currently studying The Old Testament. By now it's 6:00 in the morning. After that the boys go back to sleep in our bed for about half an hour while my husband starts getting ready for work and I occasionally cook a hot breakfast, but more often chat with my husband about life. It's a good way to start the day. We end the day with a kneeling family prayer around 8:30 or 9:00. Those are our bookends, at least on school days -- we're a lot less organized on the Saturdays and holidays. Other ways we live our faith are, we tithe, we abstain from alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea, and overall try to take good care of our bodies. We have a family night every Monday evening for instruction, to plan out the week (we call it "family business.") We also add some sort of activity and/or snack to make family night a positive, which it is. Our boys are very active in the cub scout and boy scout programs. Our girls both serve in the presidencies of their youth groups. I serve in the presidency of the children's auxillary of the church, called the Primary organization, and my husband is the Bishop.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Jaroldeen Romero
We believe that family relationships can and do persist beyond this life. In the temple, we are not married "til death do [us] part," but sealed in a covenant relationship for eternity. This doctrine is one of the doctrines I hold most dear. Heaven would not seem like Heaven to me without my dear husband and the association of other loved ones. When my mother passed away about three years after my father's passing, I was grateful for the comfort that my parents had been reunited; which comfort still assuages my lingering grief. The eternal nature of family relationships seems evident to me even in God's encouragement to us to acknowledge the familial relationship we have with Him. He is indeed the Father of us all. The pattern of the family is not just an earthly invention. Through family relationships, and the recognition that as mankind we are all brothers and sisters, we learn to love as the Savior loved -- unconditionally and enduringly. Show more Show less