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Hi I'm Rose

I just graduated in the top 5% of my class. I love to travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a recent college grad with a BS in mechanical engineering. I'm working at any job I can find until I land my dream job. I love to travel and have been to many countries including a semester abroad in France. Being outside is another of my passions and so long as it's outdoors, I love doing it. When I can't be out living the adventure, I am most definitely reading about one. I spend more time than I should with my head stuck in a book.

Why I am a Mormon

Most glaringly, I'm a Mormon because my parents are but really, that's not true at all. It is true that both of my parents are active Mormons though my dad converted in his twenties but it isn't true that that is the deciding factor of why I'm a member. In fact, it doesn't even make the top three. The first reason that I'm a Mormon is because I know it is the Lord's church on earth today. Each time I have gone in prayer to my Heavenly Father asking if this was His church, He has answered that it is. Sometimes this has been a profound spiritual experience but most often it is a simple, quiet, peaceful feeling. I am a Mormon because it makes me happy.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is something that happens every minute of every day. Being new to my current ward I'm in the getting to know you phase. I recently emailed two new girls, who have been assigned to me to visit once a month, as well as my companion assigned to go with me. This "visiting teaching" as we call it has more often than not led me to my best friends in a new area. I'm still waiting for the bishop, the local leader of our ward, to give me my official service responsibility. I hope that it's teaching the women's organization since that's one of my favorite things to do. Whatever it is, I'm excited to find out and get to work! As a young single person my faith also helps me to fill my free time with uplifting faith building activities. Family Home Evening a program that encourages families to spend an evening together is a little different for me. I currently attend a ward comprised nearly entirely of single people between the age of 18-30. Because this age group is often no longer living with their families, we get together on Monday nights for a short lesson and a game forming a pseudo family each Monday. This week we played capture the flag in a park. It was outside so I loved it! In addition I attend a bible study class one evening each week. The current theme is "the gospel and a productive life." It has addressed such issues as time management, becoming self reliant, and discovering and developing talents. I've learned so much as the teachings of the Bible, the Book of Mormon and modern prophets have been applied to such real life issues. With activities like these, every time I've moved to a new area, whether it was France or New Mexico, I've had an immediate social support network. It's been like having a group of best friends just waiting to meet you when you move in. My faith also leads me to serve. In high school I headed up a project to ship all the outdated science textbooks to Africa. In college, I volunteered at the Youth Detention Facility, with Family Literacy, and Adaptive Aquatics, a one on one pairing with developmentally challenged children to let them swim for an hour each week. The more I learn of my savior Jesus Christ the more I want to become like him and lose my life in the service of others. The greatest experience of my life was an opportunity to do just that. For one and a half years I had the privilege of being a full time missionary for the church. Focusing on Christ every waking hour changed who I am. Nothing is more precious to me than the memories I now have of people emerging from impossible situations through faith in Christ. He truly is the light of the world.

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?

Rose
Priesthood is the authority to act in God's name on earth. God has not chosen to give that authority to women. The priesthood is a wonderful power that is only used in service of others. My life has been greatly blessed on multiple occasions by the priesthood, although I do not hold the priesthood myself. Exclusively women are called to lead the children's organization, the young women's organization, and the women's organization. The president of the women's organization with the Bishop oversee that all the temporal and spiritual needs of the members of the ward are met. Just as there are priesthood leaders on a general level, there are women leaders as well. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Rose
Being here at Mormon.org is a great place to start. You can request a visit from the missionaries who will be able to answer all your questions. Having been one myself, I can vouch for their candor and kindness. You can also find the nearest meeting house and I would encourage you to show up on a Sunday. You are very welcome to just walk in. Or, pray for the opportunity and I'm sure Heavenly Father will send someone to help! Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Rose
No one is required to serve a mission. It is expected of young men between the ages of 19-25 and they are asked to serve for a period of two years. Ladies 21 and older are welcome to serve if they desire to do so and serve for 18 months. Couples, whose children are grown, are also welcome to serve missions and encouraged to do so if that is financially feasible. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Rose
Yes and yes. We believe that if a couple is married in the temple they are given the possibility of an eternity together. Through temple ordinances every couple will be given the chance to accept this blessing. My brother died when he was fourteen in a bike accident. It was really tragic but my families knowledge that we would still be a family in heaven helped ease our pain. In fact we put on his tombstone, "God be with us until we meet again." We believe he is already with God and we are reminded to live so that we, too, can make it to be with him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Rose
We believe that as Jesus said, "except a man be born of water and of the spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of Heaven." We believe that Heavenly Father loves all his children, wants all of them to return back to him and that baptism is a requirement to do so. Proxy baptisms in the temples are performed so that every person who has ever walked on this earth will have the opportunity to be baptized and it is our belief that each and every person before the judgement day will be taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and given the choice to accept the gospel and their proxy baptism or reject it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Rose
yes Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Rose
The Relief Society is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. It is a wonderful sisterhood where we as ladies can meet together and do what we do best. We help others. We talk. We meet on Sunday and we are led by wonderfully inspired women. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Rose
It is a nickname given in the early days of the church because of our belief in the Book of Mormon. It does not, however, mean we worship Mormon. When reading the Book of Mormon, you will find that it is a beautiful witness of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Rose
Mormons absolutely believe in the equality of men and women. We do now believe this means men and women are the same but rather are each given equally important though different roles in life. Mormon women are as varied as any group of women but are bound together with a belief in dressing modestly, and living righteously to honor God. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Rose
Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are christian and they follow the beliefs as described on this site. Show more Show less