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Hi I'm Rochelle Parker

I grew up in Maryland. I teach at a small New England college. I'm a wife, daughter, and sister. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I currently live in Vermont, where he is attending medical school and I am a college professor. I grew up in Maryland as the oldest of four children and he grew up here in New England as the oldest of five. We met in college, where I received degrees in English and education and he studied public health. I am grateful to be so close to my family, even from what can feel like a large distance. They are the most important people in my life. I am passionate about politics and enjoy keeping up with current events. My husband and I enjoy hiking and being active in the beautiful outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings me great happiness. It helps me have a happy marriage and family life. It gives me an eternal perspective and helps me overcome difficulties. I love this scripture from the Book of Mormon: "And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it" (Mosiah 2:41). I see this promise fulfilled in my life every day; when I stay close to the Lord and keep His commandments, my life is filled with joy and I am blessed beyond measure. I know that Christ lives and true happiness comes when we develop a personal relationship with Him, recognizing the power of His atonement in our lives. I know that God speaks to us today through a living prophet, but also to us personally when we pray and seek spiritual guidance. I love the Book of Mormon; I know that by prayerfully reading it and pondering it, you can find the answers you are seeking in your life.

How I live my faith

My faith shapes nearly every aspect of my life. I recognize that I am a beloved daughter of God with a great potential to do good, and I try to help others feel that their lives also have meaning and value. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has always been central to my home life, both growing up and now in my own marriage and family. I pray and study the scriptures daily with my husband and on my own. My parents taught me about Jesus Christ from a very young age and instilled in me a love and appreciation for the Savior. I love to attend the temple, where my husband and I were married. It reminds me that families are eternal. Church service is a natural way of life, and I participate in my congregation by teaching classes on Sunday, helping children and youth develop a knowledge of the Gospel, visiting women and developing friendships with them, giving people rides to church, and playing music during church services. This summer I am helping to organize a week-long camp for the young women in our area.