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Hi I'm Mary Rose

I'm a bead artist, needleworker and marketing director. I'm a mother, a grandmother and a widow. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 54 years old and a very new convert. I was just baptised together with my 10 year old daughter on 11 May 2013. My husband of 20 years passed away in March after a 14 year fight against lung cancer. I was an only child, but now I'm surrounded with the love of many brothers and sisters in Christ, and I have the assurance that I can be with my dear husband again for eternity if we both desire, and that sure knowledge gives me the peace and hope I need to move forward with my life. So now I have a new job, a church that I know is true, great friends and a new life. What a blessing!

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen to become a Mormon because it is the only faith I have found that really helps me make sense of my own life. I love that it teaches us about a time before birth when we lived with our Heavenly Parents, and how the "fall" of Adam and Eve had to come about so that we could find joy in our mortal existence. It means a lot to me to know how truly loving and merciful our Heavenly Father is, providing those who never had a chance to hear about the Gospel and Jesus Christ with an opportunity after they die to hear about it, accept the gift He died to give us, and move on to a Celestial existence with Heavenly Father. It excites me to know that when we are raised up to be with Him, we will have the joy of flesh and blood bodies that are perfect and whole, and we will not sicken and die. I am a Mormon because of the Plan of Salvation that Heavenly Father has made for us.

How I live my faith

I've only just started, but I've been working on my genealogy at the Family History Center, and I attend church regularly, partake in weekly communion and attend classes about the Gospel. I participate in activities with other church members. I have not received an assignment or calling yet, but I'm excited about getting one, and having a chance to mature spiritually. As my faith deepens, I find myself wanting to dedicate more time to find ways to serve.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Mary Rose
Mormons regard temples as God's House - literally. Before any of us can enter the temple, we must be "temple-worthy" which is keeping the commandments, our covenants (those promises between God and ourselves), and living the Word of Wisdom. If we can honestly state to our Bishop and Stake President that we are worthy, we are issued a card that allows entry. As far as "secret", change that word to sacred and you'll have it. Some things are just so sacred that we don't discuss them with just anyone. Just like that private, most special memory that you would only share with those who are closest to you. Only special ordinances are held there, Sunday school and sacrament meetings are held at our local churches or meeting houses. Show more Show less