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Hi I'm Mary Rougeau

Born and raised in Arkansas. Elementary Music teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

To quickly sum it up, I love autumn, camping and going to concerts. I am currently serving as a missionary in the Adriatic North Mission. Before coming on my mission I completed four years of Instrumental Music Education at Arkansas State University. I am a clarinetist and a vocalist, but love all kinds of music in the spectrum. As a musician, that has a large influence on everything that I do, from musical theatre, to classical performing. My family is one of the most important things for me, and their support throughout my life has meant everything to me.

Why I am a Mormon

Many people believe that those Mormons born into the church, don't have trials of faith, or that they don't have to grow faith of their own. I am here to tell you that is not the case. I was born to parents who were very active in the Mormon faith, so it was not uncommon to go to church every Sunday, and to attend every weekly activity. When I was about 12, I started to wonder how did I know if this was all true. Did I really believe this? I took to the scriptures to find answers. I read Joseph Smith History, and pondered, and prayed. I continued to read the Book of Mormon, and pray for answers. I spoke to my parents, who were great in helping me know how to find answers. They weren't pushy, or even disappointed in my questions, as they knew I had to build my own testimony. I found my answers. I came to know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. That He and the Son appeared to Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove, and that the fullness of the gospel was on the earth once more. I am a Mormon because I studied, prayed, and actively sought guidance, and found answers to my questions. Not because a testimony was handed to me second hand. To stand alone, we have to have our own testimonies and faith to stand on, not rely on others.

How I live my faith

I am currently on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, called to serve in the Adriatic North Mission. Deciding to dedicate 18 months of my life, was actually not a difficult decision. I have known since I was about three years old that I wanted to serve a mission. As someone who grew up in Arkansas, there were not many members in my school, and even as I went on to University, there were not many Mormons my age. I was blessed with the opportunity to explain my beliefs on almost a daily basis through my life. Throughout my life, people eventually knew that "Mary's a Mormon" and people soon realized that Mormons are people too! I consider it such a blessing that I was put in opportunities to share not only what we believe, but the love of our Heavenly Father and Savior. During my time at ASU, I was the Primary Chorister in my ward for 3 years. Working with the Primary children was such a blessing in my life. Those young minds have eyes that shine with the perfect love of Christ, and are the best examples to me. As Christ has told us to come unto him like a "little child", I've grown to understand how important that is, through their examples.