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Hi I'm Rowena

I grew up in South Africa. I've been an educational consultant, community college and university teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Now that I'm retired, like others I wonder how I ever found the time to hold down full time jobs! After a career involving lots of "dry" technical and academic writing I'm having fun trying to write stuff that connects with people and feelings. It still gives me great pleasure to experiment with lesson presentation formats, especially to better express spiritual messages on my Sunday School class. I enjoy walking by the sea, spending time in a pool or ocean or with close friends, gardening, reading, and watching British drama. I am deeply involved with my extended family and have a little dog who organizes my daily life.

Why I am a Mormon

I had an unforgettable experience when I first read the books of Scripture unique to Latter-day Saints. One morning, very early, I sat pondering a section of the Doctrine and Covenants that explained the "degrees of glory" or what I had previously known as the "many mansions" God has prepared for our final homes (John 14:2). I read that there is a place at least as wonderful as the earth is now for each of God's children, even if they had never heard of Jesus Christ, or even if they had heard of him and not accepted his gospel. Very few would actually suffer the hell that had so frightened me in my childhood years. In that moment a flood of gratitude for God's love and compassion enveloped me, followed by wave after wave of a kind of love that shook my frame and that I had never ever dreamed existed. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that the book of scripture I was reading came directly from God, and I knew that the Church where one can find these scriptures is truly the Church of Jesus Christ. I was baptized soon afterwards and since then the Holy Spirit has taught, guided, and encouraged me to change so that I am now a much happier, and I hope a much nicer person, than I was before.

How I live my faith

I've done a lot of teaching in the Church: adult Sunday School, early morning seminary and other classes for youth, and even the class for 3-year-olds. I've also been called to administrative positions. I certainly enjoy the fellowship of other sisters and our Branch empty nester's group. But mostly I live my faith by studying the Scriptures and trying to apply them to my daily life.