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Hi I'm Roxanne

I'm a math dork, I'm an outdoors enthusiast, I'm an information junkie and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm oldest of 6 kids, I grew up a tomboy in northern California. Growing up in the country I was an animal lover; raised all kinds of animals and a grease monkey helping my dad fix cars. We didn't have a lot growing up but I never felt like we were poor, maybe a little red neck! Ya know instead of playing video games we spent a lot of time building forts in the summer and in the winter our field would flood and we would ski in our back yard towing an old car hood with the dirt bike, totally normal right? Both my parents are accomplished mountaineers; I summited my first mountain Boundary Peak when I was 8 and we still love to plan climbing trips. Everything was an adventure growing up; my parents taught us to have fun, enjoy what we had and to live life to the fullest. I am married now to an amazing man. I have to say I lucked out and got some great in-laws too. My husband is working on his masters in business management and I want to be a CPA. I've been a little side tracked lately with trying to finish my schooling since I became a full time mom. We have two sweet boys; who I'm totally crazy for! I also recently found out that I have cancer, so focusing on getting that resolved. My family and my faith are my rock and everything I live for.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been asked why I am Mormon quite often, people have this crazy perception that I am logical & normal :) So how could someone like that be Mormon? My logic is I believe if you study the Bible & have an open heart you would find the teachings of our church logical, clear & consistent with the Bible, as a math dork I like things to be consistent and logical. I believe the Godhead is one in purpose and three separate beings, it's that simple.There is no reason to over complicate it. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus prays in Mark 14:36 "And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt." If the Godhead were one person why would Jesus pray to himself not to be crucified? Doesn't make sense me. I believe Jesus traveled and taught to anyone who would believe, he wasn't limited by mans boarders; the book of Mormon is a testament of that.I've heard the common argument used from the book of Revelations "you can't add or take away from this book" interpreting "the book" as the entire Bible. I think John meant it for his writings in the book of Revelations.The other argument is that the Bible has said everything we need to know so there isn't a need for the book of Mormon or a living prophet. In Revelations chapter 11 one of the prophecies for the last days is that 2 prophets will be killed. My logic is that in order for this prophecy to be fulfilled there MUST be a prophet now, & if there is a prophet (person who speaks by divine inspiration or as the interpreter through whom the will of a god is expressed -Merriam-Webster Dictionary) then the Bible isn't God's final word.He is unchanging,he has always had prophets and always will have prophets to guide us. I don't believe a God that listens to and answers prayers is a God that would abandons us. I believe Joseph Smith was an inspired man.He either had a vision or he didn't. If he did it's worth investigating and seek the truth.

How I live my faith

Currently I am the home storage specialist at church. I help members of the ward become self reliant. This includes building up enough food and water storage for their families in the event of an emergency or when times get hard, gardening, saving money and becoming debt free. Try to live by the old saying 'you can't help others if you can't help your self". I also volunteer at the church's cannery for the humanitarian program. Sending food to families all over the world. http://www.providentliving.org/

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

The church is set up in such away that the individual is responsible to know God and grow their faith. The individual should pray and study to seek the truth for themselves, they are given the tools and support to do it. The responsibility of the church is spread to all the members, everyone is involved not just a few. Because of this members still have jobs and volunteer their time, we don't even pay janitors to clean the buildings, the members do it. Majority of the work the church does is volunteer and donations are used to spread the good news and help those in need. This system is proven effective, I'm not sure why more churches don't adopt this method. Without a paid clergy tithing can have a greater impact on helping those in need around the world. I think if Christ were running his church today it would have a similar format. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

First we believe and find in the Bible you must be baptized to enter the kingdom of God. This raises questions, like what about those that never had the chance to hear the gospel or those who died before they could be baptized what happens to them? They can't go to heaven? This seems unfair luckily we believe in a fair and loving God that wants us to return to him. So in those situations a proxy baptism may be preformed. Baptisms for the dead isn't mentioned to often in the Bible. The Apostles traveled all over spreading the gospel. After setting up churches they kept in contact through letters. Here in the Apostle Paul's letters to the Corinthians, they write to him and question whether there will be a resurrection, Paul gives a lengthy explanation in chapter 15 and then poses this question to them. 1Corinthians chapter 15 verse 29 "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" So here the Corinthians are baptizing by for the dead and they don't fully understand why or if there will be a resurrection and Paul says to them if there is no resurrection then why are you baptizing for the dead? Of course there will be a resurrection that's why you baptize the dead. This was an ordinance done under the Apostle Paul, people quit doing them and the practice was lost. It's hard to effectively run a church long distance. We fallow Paul's teachings and have restored this ordinance in our church. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

We celebrate any reason to have a party and eat food. Show more Show less