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Hi I'm Rose

I grew up in a large blended family. I raised my 3 kids, plus 2 step-kids. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have 3 grown children and 5 grand-kids. I've been married twice and also helped raise my 2nd husband's 2 kids. I've lived in the same area my whole life and probably always will. I work part-time as a sales associate in a large store and I am part-owner of a new on-line business with my oldest daughter. I started going to the gym about 8 months ago and I just started taking Zumba classes, since I love to dance. I used to read all the time, but now it seems like all I have time to read is whatever friends post on social networking sites. I love to travel but rarely get the chance. My dream someday is to go to Italy with my daughter, to see where our ancestors lived before they came to America. I got married very young and never went to college. I say that I would like to go someday, but I really don't know if I have the energy or enthusiasm needed. Plus I still don't know what I want to be 'when I grow up'!

Why I am a Mormon

I married my husband about 3 years after my divorce. We blended our family, his son and daughter with my two daughters and son. Stepping is hard work! We had the normal problems, which were compounded by my husband's ex wife antics. Life took a good turn when my 16 year old daughter became interested in the church, through her boyfriend. I went to her baptism and the missionaries there asked if they could come for a visit the next Saturday. Knowing that I was going to be at work that day I said "sure", thinking that they would leave me alone if they came and I was not at home. The week before the baptism, the boyfriends mother had invited me over, I guess to alleviate any concerns I had for my daughter dating her son. She told me how he had been raised in the church and was a good boy who was going to be going on a mission soon. I didn't understand any of it. She gave me a book called Our Search for Happiness. After the baptism, I decided to read it. Have way through I called my husband and asked him why he never told me about his church. I told him that I wanted to take the discussions. He tried to talk me out of it, saying that I didn't know what I was getting into. He knew that the church is not a one hour a week type of church and he really didn't want to become active again. But I was determined to find out more. I had always shied away from what I called "organized religion", now I was wanting to become a member of the most organized religion in the world. We called the missionaries and a month later we were all baptized. My husband was right, I didn't know what I was getting myself into. The church became more than just my religion. The gospel is my life. I thank God every week that I am a member, and that I am helping to build His kingdom here on earth.

How I live my faith

Our church does not have a professional ministry, such as a pastor who is paid to preach to us. Everyone in our church is called to serve in a different capacity. We listen to talks each Sunday from a different member, who is asked to speak. I have served in the teen girls program, and as a Sunday school teacher of 4 & 5 year olds. I am currently serving as secretary to the president of the women's organization. In addition to our callings, we also have a list of members whom we visit on a monthly basis, and someone is called to visit us. Whenever someone needs help, such as when there is an illness or a new baby, we are asked to volunteer to take in meals. If someone is moving, we are there with trucks and help in packing boxes. Many of the members are able to attend the temple and do so as often as time allows, including going together once a month. We are always looking for other ways to serve our fellow man. Mondays nights are reserved for spending time as a family. A typical week may look something like this. Monday:Family Home Evening, Tuesday: Visiting women from our ward, Wednesday: women's organization meeting, Friday: Temple, Saturday: Service Project, Sunday: 3-one hour blocks of church. Not every week is this jam packed, but activity in the church does keep me busy. At home we try to have personal and family prayer and read our scriptures every day. I have been a member for eleven years now. I used to wonder if I was happy or what I could do to become happy. In the gospel, I have found true joy.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Rose
We believe in being reverent while participating in our church services on Sunday, including the way we dress. The women wear dresses and the men wear a shirt and tie and slacks or a suit. The shirt is usually white. Children are also generally dressed in their church clothes. We celebrate all the usual holidays like everyone else. Although Christmas and Easter may hold more meaning for us, we also celebrate with our children by having Santa come to the ward Christmas activity and by having an egg hunt some time before Easter. Although we may get married in the temple, we still have a wedding reception with family and friends just like anyone else, minus the alcohol of course. Show more Show less