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Hi I'm Angela Rockwood

I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I have a lot of talents, but none are more important than the first two. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Life is amazing! There are so many beautiful, wonderful things that bring me joy. I paint-- in oil mostly. I write poetry. I sew-- swordsmen and princesses are my specialty. I crochet fine lace. Some of my best lace adorns the Boston, Massachusetts and Los Angeles Temples. I love photography and I'm pretty good at photoshop. I think a lot. I teach. Most of all though, I'm a wife and mother. That's probably one of the most descriptive things I can say, and I love it. As the eldest of 10 children, I've always wanted to be a mom, and have a beautiful close-knit family like the one I was raised in. My road to motherhood has been unique, paved with difficulty, tragedy and joy. I've lived and loved and served as a foster parent to more than twenty precious children-- kids who probably taught me more than I taught them. Some were part of our lives for a day, others, through the blessing of adoption, will continue to be part of our lives for eternity. Building and raising my family is the most challenging, and rewarding experience of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. I've always loved the Lord, and felt joy in living a clean life, but I didn't really know how powerful the gospel was until my first semester at BYU. Have you ever met someone who has real testimony? I had a teacher like that. His testimony lit mine, and changed my life. At the time, I was working as a janitor on the 3am shift to help cover school expenses, so I was always coming to class late. It was a religion class, and though the content was good and thought provoking, the teacher really caught my attention. He had a testimony. It was the kind of testimony that was born in fire and when he bore his testimony, I could feel it, even from the back of the class. I have remembered that feeling my whole life. The Lord bore witness to me then, through that testimony, that there was more to life than just being nice and trying to do good things. I came from that class convinced of the power of God. I could see it changed his life, and I knew right then, that I wanted what he had. That was the day that I began looking at the gospel of Jesus Christ with new eyes, and through my life experiences, I am growing that relationship, that testimony of God. It brings me joy and understanding. He knows who I am. He knows what I'm going through, and he gives me the things I need to do what he's asked me to do, and succeed. That's power.

How I live my faith

I serve the Lord in interesting ways. Some are big, and some are small. I recently served for three years as a teacher for a class of three year old children. They want to know about everything! Little kids have such an interest in knowing about where they came from, and what's ahead for them. They're precious little spirits. Even at three years old, it's surprising how much they remember from week to week. I also serve as a historian and social media specialist. I help document the people in my local branch of the church-- their lives, their testimonies, and their walk with the Lord. It's like putting together a real time capsule, illustrating our walk with the Lord in our time: who we are, where we came from and where we're working toward going. We recently participated in Mormon Helping Hands, planting trees in our town. This is our fourth year participating in Mormon Helping Hands. I dug holes, my kids dug holes, 150 of us all dug holes. The bishop, the lady that leads the music on Sunday, everyone. It was great. Then we planted beautiful oak trees, took pictures, earned a few more blisters, and ate doughnuts. It was a lot of fun. The thing that I liked the most though was talking to one of the neighbors next to the school where we were planting trees. He said it was so heartwarming to see people getting together to do something for someone else. That experience is definitely going into the history.