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Hi I'm Roxane

I love the beauties of nature, books, music, my kids, and long drives or walks with my husband...holding his hand. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am passionate about family life and learning. As a child, I always wanted to be a teacher and a writer. I graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education and absolutely loved teaching first grade, but I've most enjoyed teaching my own five children in our home. A home educator, I blog about home education in the hopes that I can encourage others who have chosen this delightful, joy-filled path. I call myself an "adult beginner". I believe that one should never, never stop learning, and I have found particular joy in learning new things. I found great joy learning to play the violin as a young mother of five, and just two years ago, inspired by my children, I decided to learn to draw; succeeding beyond my own wildest dreams or expectations. I still find great joy in both of these things. Painting is one of my next horizons. My grandmother taught me many needle crafts when I was a child, but I learned my two favorite needle crafts as an adult. I love to piece quilts and hand quilt them, and I also love a small needle art called hardanger which I learned from a sister at church. I love life and learning! I love reading good books. I love to study. And then I love to teach what I learn. I love the beauties of nature...and just spending time with my husband and children. Home is my favorite place. I like to say that I prefer the ruby slippers any day...but I do enjoy adventurous short excursions down the "yellow brick road"...as long as I can bring my family along.

Why I am a Mormon

I was privileged to be born into a family of members, so the church has always been a part of my life. As a young child, I had many experiences which were seeds to my faith. Looking back, it seems that I've always known on some level that this church is where I belong and want to be. But it was when I was an adult, just after the birth of my first child that my faith began to deepen substantially. I look back on that time as my "conversion" and a turning point in my faith. It was then that I read the Book of Mormon in its entirety for the first time. I had read parts of the Book of Mormon before and studied it in many Sunday School classes and in seminary, but this was the first time that I made a deep and personal study of this inspired book. As I read, there came into my heart a deepening of faith and love for the Savior, Jesus Christ, and for his word. I love this book. I have read and re-read it many, many times along with the Bible. I have many favorite scriptures...too many to number here I suppose. Most of my favorites speak of the power of the Lord to help us, his grace and mercy toward us, his love for us, and his desire to bless us with great blessings and increased knowledge, wisdom, and understanding...even "the wonders of eternity shall [we] know". All that is most dear to me in this life has come to me because of the sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The teachings of Jesus and the words of latter-day prophets have and continue to counsel me in becoming a better person...a better mother, a better wife. They have helped me to teach my children. They have been a source of great comfort and peace during difficult seasons of my life; and they've been a source of great joy as they speak things that resonate in my heart. All of these blessings have only increased over the years as I've been privileged to also worship in the Holy Temple of the Lord...truly the place where we can find "peace in this world and eternal life in the world to come."

How I live my faith

I live my faith best as I strive each day to become a better person...as I strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ and to live by the words he taught. I've had many failings along this path, but the Lord is so merciful and I am thankful for his atonement for me. I have been taught and know that he is pleased with my small successes. In my family, I live my faith by studying each day to understand more and better the words and teachings of the Lord. We spend time teaching the children and studying the scriptures with them and then discussing the things we are learning and how they apply to us individually. We pray together often. I attend Sacrament meeting each week where I partake of the emblems of the Lord's sacrifice for us and consider deeply the promises that I've made to the Lord and those that I know he has made to me. I consider how I might improve. I attend the temple as often as I can. There I have the opportunity to serve others who did not have the same sweet opportunities that I've had and I am again reminded of the Lord's love for me, his plan for me, and of promises. There I feel peace that I cannot begin to describe. At church, I've had the opportunity to serve in lots of ways over the years...but always as a teacher. My very first service in the church began when I was only 14 years old and I taught a children's class. I've served in the nursery...a favorite place to serve. When one seeks to explain the gospel of Jesus Christ to a 2 year old child, one really comes to know how simple the gospel really is. I've served as a leader of the women's organization in our congregation, where I had the opportunity to meet the needs of people in our church and community in so many sweet ways. And I've taught all ages of youth in many settings including Sunday lessons and week-day lessons. I've served as a teacher for our youth each weekday morning before they go to school. It seems that wherever you serve in the church, you are a teacher. I love that!

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Roxane
The bible is full of answers to this question. Two that come to mind immediately are John 7:17 "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." Also James 1:5-6 "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering." In fact, this is the very scripture that prompted the boy Joseph Smith to ask which church was true. There is also a scripture which comes at the end of the Book of Mormon which says "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye many know the truth of all things." (Moroni 10: 4-5) The process to finding truth is the same as it ever has been: prayer and personal revelation. We are not expected to just take a minister's word that something is truth, we are privileged to know these things for ourselves. It's as simple as a real desire to know...and then asking the Lord in private prayer "Is what I'm learning true?". And then, listen to your heart. Answers usually come to the heart and the mind...usually as a sweet feeling of peace accompanied by knowledge of what is true. Show more Show less