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Ruth: heart defect, metabolic disorder, freelance writer, South Dakota, travel, special needs, Mormon.

Hi I'm Ruth

About Me

I am a wife of almost 15 years, a full-time mother and homemaker, and a freelance writer. Two of my four children were born with complex medical conditions, including heart defects and metabolic disorders. My experiences caring for them have given me a vested interest in improving children's access to sound medical care and the way that care is provided, as well as promoting increased awareness of congenital heart defects. While my children are at school, I work from a home office as a freelance writer and web designer. I enjoy my family, traveling, camping, do-it-yourself projects, reading, Zumba class, and challenging my children to dance-offs. My favorite memories are the ones we make on family roadtrips.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I didn't really understand how much my membership meant to me until I was a young adult, living on my own for the first time. It was on the borders of the Badlands of South Dakota--far away from the influence of my family--that I learned how important my relationship with Jesus Christ was, and came to know for myself that the Book of Mormon contains important truths. During that time of growth and personal discovery, I also began to see how the principles I had been taught as a child and had chosen to follow had blessed my life. I was able to clearly see how much protection that gave me from difficult and dangerous situations faced by many others around me. Instead of giving me restrictions, my beliefs gave me freedom. From that point, I committed myself to being an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My family is part of a small congregation in the midwestern U.S., which gives quite a few opportunities to serve in the Church. I get to teach the children of our congregation to sing, which is a lot of fun for me. Music has been an important part of my own life, and it is easy for me to feel close to my Heavenly Father when I am enjoying beautiful music. I love having the opportunity to teach children gospel truths put to music.