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Hi I'm Roxanne

I'm a gramma of 29- I love to sing and paint- and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I am a gramma, I love to laugh and play and see the sunny side of life. I love music, especially classical - and I love singing. I am currently singing with an amazing classical choir of over 100 members. I have 4 children of my own and 12 stepchildren through marriage. Together we have 29 grandchildren so life is very busy. My youngest child, who is now 28, is severely Autistic. She has been one of my greatest challenges and yet one of my greatest learning and growing experiences. She is definitely one of my greatest blessings. Through her eyes I see a celestial spirit full of love and strength. She cannot talk- but she can communicate in many ways- her wants, her needs, her fears, her sadness and her love and joy. A few years ago I started painting and it is so very soothing. I think I am just moderately talented there, but I love it, so that's what counts right?

Why I am a Mormon

I was actually born in the church so to speak. My parents were not active for my growing up years, although my mom occasionally taught primary, music and scouts. She did encourage us if we chose to participate. The greatest example I had was my grandparents. They lived simple, beautiful lives embracing and epitomizing the gospel. My Grandpa loved to talk about the gospel, the scriptures, and told me many many stories about his experiences. My Grandma loved the gospel and lived and talked as if she were walking side by side with the Savior every day. She had a serenity about her that I hope to achieve someday. They provided me with knowledge, comfort, guidance and instilled a great desire in me to follow the gospel. Grandpa always told me I was special and when I was getting ready to go to the temple he told how he baptized me and confirmed me... in my confirmation blessing he was inspired to remind me that I was a special spirit and asked a special blessing that the Holy Ghost always be with me - no matter where I was in life. I can testify that I have felt the Holy Ghost all throughout my life- good times, bad times, dark times, joyous times... a constant steady comforting voice of guidance- just as Grandpa asked. I follow and continue to be a Mormon because I have found that this is the one true path to joy- because my heart swells with inner peace and confirmation that this is the best place, the TRUE place to be in this life. In that past several years, other members of my family, including my parents, have come back into the gospel fulfilling a promise I was given in a special blessing we call "Patriarchal BLessing"... which tells us of promises and possibilities in our lives if we follow God's plan.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be like Jesus. Trying to love and accept others and offer what service I can when I can. I have taught many classes, led music, participated in activity committees in our church throughout the years. Currently I am writing a monthly newsletter which is surprisingly challenging and uplifting. I attend my meetings and support the music programs in the church. I try to be an example to my children and my grandchildren. I talk openly about my love of the gospel and my love for Heavenly Father and Jesus to family, friends, and acquaintances.... actually often to people I just met. My husband and I love to read and discuss the scriptures in our home. I have wonderful discussions with my grandchildren about the gospel and about how it applies in our lives- about the joy that is found here. I firmly believe that joy- not momentary laughter or fun- but actual, deep abiding joy comes only from living the gospel. It is that joy that carries us through our darkest trials and buoys us during our every day lives. I live my faith by believing every day that every thing I do, everything I am, and everything I have is a gift from Heavenly Father and giving thanks for all that He has sent me- even the trials- that have brought me to this point of my life so far.