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Hi I'm Roberta

I'm a bargain hunter. I'm a gardener. I'm a "goof ball." I'm an HR Consultant and Mediator. I'm a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. I've been happily married since 1991. I'm a mom of two grown daughters, and I have a successful career as a Human Resource Management consultant. My two daughters and I joined the church in August 1999 and its been an experience more beautiful than I can say.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Protestant faith and stayed there for a time, but I always felt like something was missing in my life. I had questions that needed answers. I felt I was searching for something that I couldn't quite name. When I discovered the restored gospel of Jesus Christ it felt like I had come home. I felt it deep inside my heart. It is exactly what I had searched for. Looking back, it felt like I had been wandering around in the fog all those years seeing and hearing but not *really* understanding and then I finally stepped out into bright sunshine. Being a Mormon is beautiful and breath-taking and wonderful. Being a Mormon is exactly what I want to be for the rest of my life. I understand life so much better now. I'm happy deep down. I'm very happy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day simply by being honest, kind, and loving to others...and when I make mistakes, I apologize to God and others and then I try to do better next time. I believe with my whole heart that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer, and only by and through His grace will I return to heaven. I can't express the gratitude I feel for His gift. I try to live like Jesus Christ lived. I try to follow His ways and obey His commandments since that is what he has asked us to do so we will be the happiest we can be while on earth. It doesn't mean everything in life will be easy or trouble-free (not by a long shot) but it does mean that my journey will be meaningful.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Roberta
My lifestyle may be comparable in some ways to yours, my teenagers get moody, they shop for clothes at the mall, they hangout with their friends on weekends, our home is never perfectly clean or tidy, we watch popular movies but we're very picky, and we use the latest technology. The biggest difference in Mormon families, I think, is that our standards seem a bit "old fashioned" and very much stricter compared to the rest of the world. We keep our language clean, we wear clothing that covers our shoulders, stomachs and thighs, we honor chastity, we involve God in our family with regular prayer, we choose orange juice or water instead of coffee or alcohol, we chew gum instead of tobacco or smoking....and we spend a lot of time together as a family. We're pretty happy. It's a wholesome lifestyle that I think most people search for. In a world full of counterfeits, this is one thing that is real and a lot of fun. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Roberta
I have to answer this with a resounding YES! Absolutely yes. And we love, follow, serve, worship the same Jesus that was born to Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem, who suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane to give us the Atonement, who was crucified on the cross at Calvary, and who overcame death 3 days later. I worship and follow Jesus Christ so I am Christian. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Roberta
Yes. Actually, this is one of the things that I longed to find in a church. Somehow I knew that God still spoke through prophets today just as he did anciently. It's a solid Biblical pattern. I prayed to find who that person is today. Fortunately, when the answer came to me I chose to believe and trust it. I'm thankful for a living prophet to guide the church body through these difficult last days when many churches seem to be going the way of a popular vote guided by worldly philosophies. My personal prayers guide my personal life, but the prophet's counsel guides the whole church membership. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Roberta
The only way to know truth from lies is by prayer. For me, I prayed to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was truly the church of Jesus Christ, and I pleaded to have the answer given to me so clearly that I could not mistake it. I was afraid to be deceived and I was afraid of all the bad things that I had heard about Mormons from others. When I prayed, I was answered in a way that was absolutely unmistakeable. I remember the power of that answer even today. It is one of the only Divine witnesses I've ever received with that amount of clarity and love that transcends words. It's a knowing beyond anything that can be described. When I was investigating the church I would search out all the negative things I had heard or read to find the truth beneath the claim. I didn't care which side was true, I just wanted to know *the* truth. I studied and researched for months. Not because I wanted to prove the critics wrong but because I really, really had to know....for me. I was blessed for that effort that now uplifts and enlightens and encourages me all these years later. Today when I hear negative messages about the Church from critics I don't fret because I've learned how to detect deception. The truth really does set you free. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Roberta
This question always makes me laugh. I don't worship any human but there are a few that I greatly admire and hold in very high-esteem. Joseph Smith is one of them. Jeremiah in the Old Testament is another. My husband is a third. I am very grateful to these men and what they have taught me, but I only worship and bow before God. Joseph Smith is greatly admired for his courage and strength but even he would never, ever want anyone to worship him. And we don't. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Roberta
It's wonderful and it's busy. It's amazing how joyful it is to be part of an organization of loving people who are eager and willing to serve each other as they worship Jesus Christ. I always have a friend. I always have something to do. Regardless where I am in the world, I am connected and watched over. I think it's the most happy way to live. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Roberta
Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Roberta
Faith is believing that Jesus Christ will do everything he says he will do. Faith is believing the message the angels and prophets have declared about him. I have faith that Jesus Christ will do everything he has promised. I have faith that the angels and prophets speak the words of Jesus Christ. So, I try to live my life in harmony with that message. Show more Show less