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Hi I'm Rosemary Aliberti Smart

I grew up on the seacoast of New Hampshire. I have been beside my husband serving the US military for 35 years. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was a high school biology teacher before becoming a mother of 7 children. Two of my sons were born with Down Syndrome. They have opened my eyes to an whole new side of life and become my teachers. Our family has lived at 22 different addresses in Germany and the US supporting Dad as an Army officer. I enjoy reading, lakes, oceans, woods, and gardens, and being with my best friend, my husband.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was expecting my second child in my early twenties, I found myself longing to know if there was a God, a living personal God, who could hear my prayers to watch over my children. I also wanted clarity in discerning truth from error so I could teach my children moral values. I decided to search for the church that most closely matched the church that Jesus started during his ministry. I studied many religions and when I heard The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints claim to be His church restored today, I was interested. I studied with the missionaries and asked about a hundred questions. They answered patiently and thoroughly. I was impressed they seemed so sure they had the “truth”, it didn't matter what I asked. In fact, they encouraged me to find out for myself if what they taught was true. My husband was fine with my studies but at the time was not interested in religion or going to church. One night I couldn't sleep reviewing over and over in my mind all that I had learned. I decided I needed to test the Book of Mormon promise. I hadn't read very much of the book but I knew the promise was if I asked with real intent I would know if it was a true book of scripture. I knelt by an open window and looking up at the stars asked, “IF you are there, and IF you can hear me, I ask if the Book of Mormon is true, and if it is, I will be baptized.” Immediately I felt a fullness and a burning in my heart, and gladness and peace all at the same time. I knew God had heard my prayer and answered me. I knew if the Book of Mormon was true, than all the other pieces of the restored gospel I had been taught fit together. I was baptized and in time so was my husband. I am a Mormon not only because of my answered prayer but because for 4 decades I have lived the gospel, been fully active in the church, and found peach and happiness. It's works! It's true!

How I live my faith

My husband and I are on our way to serve a Military Relations Mission in the Norfolk, VA area. I call this our "mission miracle" because I never expected to be able to leave our special needs sons who cannot live on their own. When we first learned of a way to serve our current military families through a church mission, we felt an excitement to do so and decided to move forward with faith if Heavenly Father needed us, things would work out if Heavenly Father needed us. He placed a remarkable young couple in our lives who offered to move into our home and care for our sons so we could accept our mission assignment. I am sure Heavenly Father has given me experience over the years in my family, as a military wife, and in my church service as a youth leader, Sunday school teacher, leadership positions, and most important ministering to individuals and families to lead me to such a time as this. What I treasure most is daily time in prayer and with my scriptures because I feel a direct connection to my Heavenly Father. I receive answers to my questions. I feel the warmth of His love. I feel promptings to do something or to change to be better in some way. My eyes are opened to see His plan more clearly and my part in it. Now in my senior years as I look back over my life, despite the hard times, my most oft spoken prayer is simply these words, "I thank Thee, I thank Thee, I thank Thee."