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Hi I'm Rosena

I like to spend time with my family. I am a holistic health advocate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the 7th of 9 children. Growing up, we would often spend a Sunday evening all gathered around the piano and singing together. Now we are spread out all over the world, we enjoy 'seeing' each other over the internet. I love working with children and have worked within and outside of schools in 4 different states, helping kids read, play, understand and respect nature, or learn music. I married into a ready-made family, making me the proud step-mother of 2 wonderful and amazing daughters. We cherish the time we get to spend together, and sometimes that time is spent gathered around the piano. Other ways spend our time together include hiking, playing games, making drawings, paintings, or hand-bound books, playing with the dog, reading, swimming, or trying new recipes. In the last few years, I've branched out from the arts to learn more about the Complementary and Alternative Medicine world. My emphasis is on energy medicine, specifically a modality called BodyTalk. I also have studied herbs, essential oils, and holistic nutrition. I love that we have all kinds of resources to help us feel better when we are sick, and to avoid getting sick in the first place.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Mormon church, but that's not why I'm a Mormon. I am grateful for the solid foundation of love and leadership my parents gave me. However, it took time and diligent scripture study and prayer on my own to get my own assurance that being a Mormon is the right path for me. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ helps me have a more complete knowledge of who God is, which helps me understand more about who I am and about His plan for me and my family. The association I have with others in the Church is important to me, too. It is comforting to be surrounded every week by people who have goals similar to mine, and are trying to live the same standards that I am. My knowledge and faith grow day by day, week by week, and every day I try to follow in Jesus's footsteps. By leaning on Him, I have overcome many challenges and will continue to lean on Him for the challenges to come. I love my Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and I know they love me. I am guided by the Holy Spirit day by day. I believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in our day, and I'm grateful we have a prophet to guide us in these days that are full of confusion and greed and selfishness. Why would a loving God leave us to muddle through the darkness without help? Living the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints brings me peace, happiness, and assurance for the future, both on this earth and in the life to come. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

An important part of living my faith is service to others. At Church,I've served by teaching music and gospel lessons to children and young women (ages 12-18), and adults. Currently, I'm happy to have the opportunity to help organize and lead the music for the congregation and the choir. I unquestionably feel closer to God through music and know that others do, too. This year I get to help plan for the annual week-long church-sponsored summer camp for the 12-18 year old girls in my area. I also enjoy opportunities to help friends and neighbors with a variety of simple and long-term projects. My faith is the center of how I try to raise my family, and how I treat other people in general. We love associating with our church 'family' as well as with friend of other faiths in our community. We like to have our neighbors over for dinners and game nights and ping pong tournaments. A highlight of living my faith came in the opportunity to serve as a full-time missionary. As a young recent college graduate, I left my home and family to help other people find the answers they were looking for.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Rosena
This is a topic I have thought a lot about. While it is true that women are not currently ordained to certain priesthood offices, women are by no means held back or prohibited from serving. Women teach, expound doctrine, pray, hold significant leadership positions, and plan and organize activities for young children, teenagers, adults, and entire congregations. Women have valued voices to add to supporting the local Church members and friends of other faiths. Women have full access to all the blessings of the priesthood, including leadership, blessing of guidance or healing, and serving others. We work with our husbands (or other supportive family members and friends, in cases of women who don't have husbands) to raise our children to love God and serve His children. Is it possible for women to ever be ordained? Well, that's not something we know at the moment, but the Church does receive continuing revelation from God, and works tirelessly to bring about His will for us. Show more Show less