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Hi I'm Rosilee

I love horses. I love people. I love to laugh. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a relatively big family of 6 children. With four rowdy older brothers, I learned to be tough early in life so that I could survive to adulthood. We lived in a small rural town and I spent most of my youth helping on the farm with the animals and fields. When I was not working or in school, I was building 'huts' in the backyard, riding horses, riding 4-wheelers, reading, playing sports, or finding ways to drive my parents crazy. I loved elementary school, endured middle school, suffered through junior high school, and then absolutely thrived in high school. I love to travel and did as much of that as I could on summer breaks throughout school. I still have a goal to visit every state in the US and every major city in the world. I thoroughly enjoyed two years of college and then took a break to serve an LDS mission. While there, my last single sibling married, making me the favorite aunt of all of my nieces and nephews. I'm the only single one left, which means I can drop everything and come hang out with them whenever they call and want to do something spontaneous. I LOVE being and aunt! Basically, I'm a spontaneous country girl who loves to laugh, work, play, and be myself. When life gets tough, I roll up my sleeves, put my best game face on, and start walking in faith. Life is a journey, and I love it.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised as a Mormon, I didn't always believe in it. My parents, who were both Mormons, fought ALL the time and I remember thinking that there was no way this church could be true because all it preached was love and joy--neither of which I felt our family had. The worst time of my life happened when I was about 14. I thought I would never be happy again and almost committed suicide. Luckily, that was the year I started Seminary. We were studying the New Testament in the Bible that year and I had an amazing teacher. One day, he told us that we could overcome any trial by reading the scriptures every day. Then he challenged us to do that very thing and gave us a plan of how to do it. I went to him later and told him that was a bunch of bologne and I wasn't going to do it. He decided to make me a deal. He told me to read 15 minutes of the NT in the morning before school and 15 minutes at night before bed--double what the other kids were doing. He promised me that if I did that the whole semester and my life didn't change, then I never had to read scriptures ever again or listen to anything else he said. I took his challenge because I wanted to prove him wrong. How grateful I am that I took that challenge. At first, I hated reading. I thought it was boring and I didn't understand most of it. I would watch the clock constantly to see when my time was up. But after about three weeks of daily reading, I started getting so involved in the stories, I would lose track of time while reading. By the time I finished the New Testament, I was a different person. I was happy. I still had the same trials and the same problems, but they didn't bother me as much. I realized that I was a daughter of God and that I was loved by my Heavenly Father, and my Savior Jesus Christ. I have continued my habit of reading from the scriptures every day. When people ask why, I simply tell them that I choose to be happy--and remembering who I am through the scriptures makes me happy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith first and foremost by smiling every morning when I wake up. When I am happy, I know that I will look for ways to serve others throughout the day. Obviously everyone has their bad moments in life, but I choose to keep them as moments, and not days. If nothing good has happened to me that day, then I choose to give something good to others instead. Sometimes all another person needs is a hug or word of encouragement to completely turn their day around. On Sundays, I play the piano for the children as they sing songs and learn the gospel of Christ at their level. I serve the members of my congregation by getting to know them through visits. I try to visit a different person each week so I can find out about them and see if I can help in any way. I also LOVE the Temple and do my best to go and serve there at least once a week. I enjoy meeting new people from all walks of life and getting to know them. Christ loved everyone, no matter the race, religion, or any other distinction, and I try to do the same. I study the scriptures daily, preferrably in the morning before I do anything else. My days seem to go better that way. I've made it a habit to set goals for the things I want in my life, and I work daily to achieve them. The Gospel of Jesus Christ isn't something I just try to fit in when I can, it's a way of life for me. It comes out in everything I do because it makes me happy, and I choose to be happy.