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Hi I'm Roberta

I'm the wife of a retired military member, the mother of seven children, grandmother of 16, primary caregiver of my elderly parent

About Me

I had a child who was a near drowning victim. He survived just over 4 years post near drowning. He was globally insulted and very brain damaged. Our family was part of a televised program on whether or not medical professionals should try to resuscitate children who had been drowned. We maintained the idea that if a person believed in a God, then one should not tell Him whether or not He should allow a child to live. If one did not believe in a God or an after life, then it would be unjust for another person to tell the child he/she was of no value and didn't have the right to live the only life he would ever have; to take away this only life experience. We also maintained the idea that at the end of the day it was the parent that had to go home and live with the choices they made surrounding their child, they should have a say in those choices, not leave the choices only to the medical profession.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of this church, but the day came when just being a member was not enough. I had to know why I would continue to be a member. After an experience as a teenager, I went home and had to consider why I went to church and participated. I read an article that touched my heart. I realized that I went to church because I knew that it was Jesus' church, no one else's. I knew that He loved me and He wanted me to go. He had asked me to go, and because I loved Him, I wanted to follow what He had asked. His love for me has never been in doubt, it is my love for Him that is in question. The scripture, "If Ye love me, keep my commandments," had new meaning for me. I did love Him, and so I wanted to keep His commandments. I wanted to go where I could learn better how to be better. This changed my life. No matter what happens, or what I don't fully understand, I know that this is His church, He loves me and He wants me there.

How I live my faith

I like to help others, usually quietly. I've had the opportunity to work with all age groups and have found enjoyment with everyone. I've had the opportunity to be a caretaker for several elderly members of my family. Caring for them has helped me to remember that we are who we are today because of those who lead the way. We have so much we can learn from everyone around us. One of the best things our family has ever done is to participate in Holiday Meals on Wheels. On Thanksgiving Day and Christmas day, our children and grandchildren would get up early to help package and deliver meals to shut-ins or terminally ill persons. We would stop to visit with those who were lonely and needed a reminder that they were loved and not forgotten. Christmas gifts were not the focus of the day, but rather what gifts of love we could give to others. Coming home from these activities, the children would bubble and talk for hours about how wonderful these people were. The children grew up knowing that joy comes from service. A motto for our family became, "The more you serve the more you love. The more you love the more you want to serve."

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Some of the greatest experiences we have had as a family have been in helping others who were not of our faith. If I am to truly follow Christ, then I must follow His teachings which state that all men are our brothers. The parable of the Good Samaritan reminds us that to look the other way when another needs our help, is to ignore the love of Christ. Show more Show less