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Hi I'm ROCHELLE HUNTER

I'm a Mormon. I AM AFRICIAN AMERICAN. I GREW UP IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK.

About Me

I AM A RETIRED NYC CORRECTION OFFICER. I AM NOW A RETRACT MANAGER (IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION). I LOVE TO COOK AND SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY.

Why I am a Mormon

ON DAY MY CHILDREN AGES 7 AND 9 ASKED IF THEY COULD ORDER A FREE TAPE THAT THEY HAD SEEN ON T.V. I SAID OK - BUT WHEN THEY CALLED THE OPERATOR SAID THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO SPEAK TO ME. WHEN I CALLED BACK THEY SAID THAT THEY WOULD SEND THE TAPE AND IF I WOULD MIND IF SOME MISSIONARIES CAME TO WATCH IT WITH US. I SAID OK. THE MISSIONARIES CAME AND I WATCHED MY FAMILY AS THEY WERE WATCHING THE TAPE AND IT WAS THE MOST PEACEFUL FEELING THAT I HAD EVER FELT. I WAS SITTING IN SACREMENT MEETING ONE DAY AND THE CONGREGATION WAS SINGING 'HOW GREAT THOU ART' WHEN WE SANG "HE BLED AND DIED TO TAKE AWAY MY SIN' THE HAIR ON MY ARMS STOOD UP, TIME SEEMED TO STAND STILL, TEARS BEGAN TO RUN DOWN MY FACE, AND I KNEW FOR SURE THAT THE SAVIOR BLED AND DIED FOR ME. MANY THOUGHTS WENT THROUGH MY HEAD AT THIS TIME AND WHEN I CAME BACK TO THE PRESENT TIME THE SONG SEEMED TO CONTINUE FROM THAT POINT. THE CONGREGATION WAS SINGING "THEN SINGS MY SOUL MY SAVIOR GOD TO THEE' JUST LIKE TIME HAD STOOD STILL. I KNEW FROM THE FIRST TIME THE MISSIONARIES CAME TO MY HOUSE UNTIL NOW THAT THIS WAS THE PLACE THAT I WANTED TO BE. I KNOW THAT THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS IS THE ONLY TRUE CHURCH ON THE EARTH TODAY AND THAT JESUS IS THE CHRIST AND THAT JOSEPH SMITH THROUGH DEVINE REVELATION TRANSLATED THE BOOK OF MORMON. I KNOW THAT WE HAVE A LIVING PROPHET ON THE EARTH TODAY AND I DON'T KNOW WHERE I WOULD BE OR WHAT I WOULD BE DOING WITHOUT THE CHURCH IN MY LIFE. THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE IN THE WORLD THAT I WOULD RATHER BE THAN RIGHT HERE A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF LATTER DAY SAINTS.

How I live my faith

WHEN I JOINED THE CHURCH I WAS CALLED TO THE YOUNG WOMENS ORGANIZATION (AGES 12-18), WHICH GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW THE YOUNG WOMEN OF MY BRANCH. I LEARNED A GREAT DEAL FROM THE YOUNG WOMENS LESSONS AND THE YOUNG WOMEN ABOUT THE CHURCH AND LIFES CHOICES. SOME YEARS LATER I WAS CALLED TO TEACH THE NEW MEMBER CLASSES AGAIN SUCH A LEARNING TOOL (THESE ARE CALLINGS FROM HEAVENLY FATHER). SEVERAL YEARS LATER I WAS GIVEN A CALLING IN THE PRIMARY WHICH GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ALL THAT WAS BEING TAUGHT TO THE CHILDREN (3-11 YEARS OLDS) IN THE CHURCH. I AM BLESSED BECAUSE I WAS NOT BORN IN THE CHURCH BUT MY CALLINGS GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT I WAS NOT PRIVILEGED TO EXPERIENCE AS A YOUTH AND TO TRULY LEARN MORE ABOUT CHURCH DOCTRINE.