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Hi I'm Rowena

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After graduating from Brigham Young University, I spent many years as a flight attendant and loved meeting Church members around the world. I attended meetings in several countries, and always felt at home and welcome. I was involved in some local theater productions and did some dancing and choreography. I didn't marry until very late, and immediately became stepmom to 2 daughters. Now my husband and I have 3 grandchildren who are a real joy to us.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by parents who were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints before I was born. But I prayed many times asking if what I had been taught was true. One time while praying I felt an amazing connection with our Heavenly Father that changed me forever. I now feel closer to Him, and I feel a peace and confidence about the gospel. I feel immense gratitude for the great sacrifice made for us by our Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My husband and I enjoy our Sunday meetings, but we also enjoy the various responsibilities we have been given. We have both had many opportunities to work with the teenagers in the church. We have participated in some very spiritual meetings, and some really fun activities. It is very satisfying to see them grow and learn about their Savior. We have had some deep and open discussions about the challenges kids face, and about their goals. We have also had some great activities , like riding snowmobiles, camping in the snow, and spending time in our home with the whole group, playing games or watching movies or eating pizza. There is also an annual activity where we pick up Christmas trees after Christmas, and take them to be chipped and recycled. This is one of the favorite activities with the kids, in spite of the cold, even though they are often carrying trees taller than they are! We love the church and we love the gospel. We are grateful for our experiences and for our faith that gives us direction and purpose.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

The church does not condone homosexual behavior, just as it does not condone extra-marital sexual activities. Those who find themselves facing this issue are loved and welcomed, even though they have strong desires and inclinations that cannot be easily explained. I believe this is a very difficult issue that can only be fully understood after we leave this earthly phase of life. The life-long waiting for answers proves difficult for many, many deeply religious individuals. The only solace is that all things will eventually be explained and we will find peace and joy in how everything works out when we return home to the Lord who loves us. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

We normally spend 3 hours on a Sunday attending 3 different meetings. We have Sacrament Meeting, Sunday School (various age groups,) and a third meeting where the women attend a spiritual and service-oriented meeting, and the men attend a meeting for those with Priesthood responsibilities. Visitors are always welcome, and typical gatherings are friendly and comfortable. Visitors are not asked to speak unless they would like to give comments or express personal feelings, and they are welcome to just come and observe. Show more Show less