“Rosemary M. Wixom,” Liahona, May 2010, 143
In a world filled with noise and insecurity, children need to discover how to hear the whisperings of the Spirit, says Rosemary Mix Wixom, newly sustained as Primary general president.
“Children can find security in prayer,” she says. “They can know that they are never alone, that the Savior walks with them, and that He loves them—even when they make mistakes.”
Born in December 1948 to Robert Wayne and Mary Mix, Sister Wixom grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. While she was growing up, her twin sister was her best friend, and her parents taught her to give with a happy heart. “When we walked in the door at home, I felt secure,” Sister Wixom says.
When she was 12 years old, her sense of security found deeper roots. While sitting in testimony meeting, she suddenly felt a strong desire to express her feelings about the Savior. “I stood up, and my love for Jesus just came gushing out,” Sister Wixom recalls. Her mother helped her understand that it was the Holy Ghost who had prompted her feelings.
“I had never known the Holy Ghost was so powerful and so real,” Sister Wixom says. Years later the Holy Ghost gave her an overwhelming feeling of peace while she was praying about one of her children. Her hope now is that parents and Primary leaders and teachers can help children learn to hear the whisperings of the Holy Ghost.
Sister Wixom received a bachelor’s degree in education from Utah State University. She and her husband, Blaine Jackson Wixom, were married in the Salt Lake Temple on August 18, 1970. They are the parents of six children.
Sister Wixom was a member of the Primary general board before serving with her husband when he presided over the Washington D.C. South Mission. Sister Wixom later served on the Young Women general board, where she was serving until her call as Primary general president.