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Hi I'm Rowan

I am an Artist from Scotland. I am serving a mission in Brazil because I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a love of lots: Music-playing and listening; I love to play my guitar and sing along but simple strumming sums up my level of expertise, I love to paint thick, draw fast, write with bad spelling, read, look, listen and think, I like to travel near and far, I love all things thrifty and am a bit of a hoarder, No matter how tidy I try to look I’m always a bit scruffy, I love Film and Photography and always need to know more, I am rubbish at languages, but am learning Portuguese for my mission to Brazil, I have amazing family and friends who make me laugh or angry but I always love them.

Why I am a Mormon

Through the gospel I have received experiences that transcend earthly experiences and bit by bit these have opened my mind and heart to an eternal perspective. Living the Gospel evaporates the things that are a waste of time and it brings into focus new priorities. I know I have a potential, and I know God knows my potential, so as I follow the principles and ordinances of the gospel of his son, Jesus Christ, a dialogue opens up with my Heavenly Father and he directs me, and tests me and then blesses me with glimpses of what he knows about me. When I recognise this and feel the happiness that comes from discovering the plans he has for me, I can’t do anything else but continue to be “a Mormon” to discover the next instalment. It has taken 25 years for me to get to a place where my testimony is as clear as it is to me now. I was born into the Church and grew up attending with my family. I guess I have always had a testimony of the Gospel, but I often leaned on or hid behind other’s testimonies. I was converted by putting it to the test on my own. I know that I was blessed for even the smallest move in the right direction. Those small moves all stick onto each other as my testimony continues to develop. I love my testimony, because it is mine. I love to share my testimony and hear other’s because it confirms that Heavenly Father loves all of us. We can all gain our own testimony of the restored Gospel. He doesn’t compare us. He wants us all to ask him questions and talk to him in prayer so he can confirm to us the truthfulness of the restored gospel on the earth today and show us our individual potential. I am a Mormon because I just need to be me, but the best me.

How I live my faith

The set up of this profile is slightly uncomfortable for me because I often let people get to know me as ‘Rowan’ first and not ‘Rowan the Mormon’, the Mormon part surfaces when it does and I hope it’s in harmony with what they’ve already learned about me. I’ve generally always been open and honest about my beliefs and this makes it easier to live my standards amongst non-members. I live my faith by trying to keep my standards and study to learn a little more each day, sometimes it’s easier than others. I try to surround myself with people who I respect, can be silly with, who influence me and who make me want to be better. I have been lucky to find great friends and colleagues throughout my life who have qualified for all of the above, many of which are not Mormons. Growing up in church I felt there was a box I never fitted into, after becoming a leader in the teenage girl’s programme in our church, called Young Women, I made sure that I taught the girls that there was no such box; we can live our faith by celebrating our individual identity through the teachings and standards of the Gospel, which provides us with safety and directs us to our own unique potential.