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Hi I'm Ellen Rose

I am a retired school nurse and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a great-grandma! I have 8 grandchildren, 3 lovely daughters, and 2 wonderful sons-in-law. My late husband was a great blessing in my life, as he made my family possible, and because of him I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was a stay-at-home mom for many years, and then I became an RN and spent 12 years as a school nurse. I compose melodies for scripture passages. One of my projects is to compose a melody for each of the Psalms--I have done about 25 so far. The first 6 were in honor of my mother, since she "gave" a psalm to each of her children when they were born. I enjoy singing, playing the piano, and playing the organ. In the past I have had several piano students, and I enjoyed sharing music with them. I like to garden and to cook. I like to work on family history and to exercise--in fact, I think I am positively addicted to exercise and family history! Although my grandchildren and great grandchildren live far away from me, I like to interact with them as much as possible.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because Heavenly Father guided me to his church through my late husband. We were having a difficult time in our family. He was prompted to take us to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints-and I was willing to follow his lead in order to save our family. When I listened with an open mind and heart to the missionaries, and kept the commitments I made to read The Book of Mormon and to pray, I was blessed with an overwhelming conviction that The Book of Mormon is truly the word of God, preserved for our time. Shortly before investigating the Church, I had realized that I needed to have God back in my life. I had left the church of my childhood, and turned my back on God, because I despaired of living up to the requirements of an incomprehensible and capricious God --for I thought this was how God was. One of the most wonderful things that I learned from the true church is that God is my Heavenly Father, and He really loves me! I had felt a closeness to Jesus Christ ever since I was 3 or 4, but I never had a recognized relationship with Heavenly Father. I am so grateful now to know Him better. From the time that I was a teenager I had felt it was unfair that in our day we did not have a prophet to guide us--why would God deny that blessing to us? I was so glad to learn that there really is a prophet for us in our day, too! As a young mother I was concerned about how I could help my family survive in case of a disaster. I was glad to find out that Heavenly Father wants us to be prepared, and in the true church we have many resources to help us survive and thrive even if there are personal or wide-spread disasters that come. When I was nine, my dad and grandpa were working on family history, and I filled out a pedigree chart. When I learned about baptism for the dead, which is talked of in the Bible, I was so happy that Heavenly Father has made provisions through family history and temple work for ALL his children to return to Him.

How I live my faith

I have been so blessed as I help out in my ward congregation. I especially enjoy teaching adults in Sunday School, and often I have been able to help with musical needs. In fact, I had the opportunity to learn to play the organ several years ago because I was called to play for our weekly worship services. I have come to know many relatives because of being involved in family history. I have written histories of some of my ancestors. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to serve a Family History Mission from my home via the Internet. Starting in May 2016 I will get to volunteer at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City--a privilege I anticipate with eagerness! I love doing what we call visiting teaching. Each month I visit with a few of the sisters in the ward, bringing them a spiritual message, and chatting with them about their lives. Because of visiting teaching I now have many friends! For several years I have kept a Gratitude Journal, which helps me identify and remember the many ways in which Heavenly Father blesses me. I could not make it through my days without praying to Him, and I am grateful for the many times that Heavenly Father has caused difficult situations to be resolved in positive ways. I enjoy reading scriptures, especially The Book of Mormon and The Old Testament. I really like learning more about the background of scriptures. As a member of FairMormon, and as a reader for Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scriptures, I have learned so much through the scholarly resources these organizations have brought to my attention. I enjoy serving in the temple, where my love of family history bears rich fruit. I love being able to participate in the Savior's work through proxy baptism, as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:29, and through other ceremonies which make family life possible throughout eternity. Because of my work in the temple, I have been able to learn a little Spanish.