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Hi I'm Linda Ruth

I'm a Mormon. I have eyes&ears, I laugh&cry, read&write-and I think & pray ...

About Me

I grew up in Canada on a small farm/ranch near a small town with 10 brothers and sisters, dozens of cousins and lots of Aunts and Uncles. My grandparents, for the most part, lived long lives (90-105). It seemed like someone 'old' was always staying at our house. I am the oldest girl in my family but the 5th child. I am curious - curious about everything. Technology, with all its constantly sweeping changes overwhelms me but I just can't quit - I like to learn! I love to read and dabble at writing, languages, dancing, genealogy and photography. I love handwork, except knitting - I love to hate knitting. I crochet, knit, embroider and sew - I was employed in formal wear for many years. I am married and have six children. And yes I love them and their kids too. I love the outdoors - even bugs and other creatures - as long as they are not in my face, clothes or sleeping bag.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, (called LDS or Mormon)? The short answer is I AM blessed. I often ask myself, "Why am I so blessed?" My parents are LDS and their parents and their parents - for generations. I do not think tradition is a great reason to be a LDS. My parents taught their children to think carefully about all things, mostly by example. They love us and support us in all good things. They especially encourage us to learn everything we can and show us how by using all available resources. They consider talking to God a resource. I questioned if God really existed. I knew what my ancestors believed. I did not know what I believed. I began to search and ask people I met what they believed. I often thought about what people believe and tried to sort it out and make sense of it. I came to one conclusion. Most people believe in a power or being greater than themselves. I began to think on that one concept. Could that power or being, if real, communicate with me? How? I came to know a higher power did indeed exist. I still remember the smells, sights, and sounds of the time I received that sure knowledge of the reality of God. Later I thought of the literature various religions and 'non-religions' consider important or sacred. I began to compare. Many years passed. I found consistent, coherent answers in the Bible and the Book of Mormon that made me feel the way I felt the day I understood the reality of God. I didn't go to church or associate regularly with organized religion until I realized that my actions needed to align with my beliefs. I then began to actively participate in the meetings and service opportunities of the LDS Church. I reiterate: I am LDS, a Mormon, because I am blessed. I came to know truth, as each of us must, individually and personally. I received that surety, a knowledge of His reality as a blessing - a gift. I then learned for myself more truth, more knowledge, more answers. You can too.

How I live my faith

I live an ordinary life, in an ordinary neighborhood, in a small town. Each day for me is busy - often too busy. We all make choices about what is most important. Are the choices of a ‘Mormon’ different from anyone else’s choices? Yes - and no. My life and my faith are closely intertwined and in many ways indistinguishable. Religious suggestions regarding good health to not drink alcohol, coffee or tea; or use tobacco, illegal drugs (or abuse prescription drugs) and to eat whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetable are part of my life. The suggestions also include being physically active, getting adequate rest, and also keeping my mind engaged. Perhaps as a daily routine that is extraordinary but I know many people that also take care of their health. Does it influence where I go, what I eat and who my friends are? Of course it does. It is part of my day to day living. Spiritual health is also important. Like some of my neighbors that are not LDS (Mormon), daily choices consider first the needs of family and commitments to always remember Jesus Christ and obey God's commandments. I pray each day and read or study for a few minutes about Christ in the Bible, The Book of Mormon and other sacred texts. I try to also follow John chapter 13 verse 34. Jesus taught his disciples..."as I have loved you ... also love one another". In verse 35 he explained that "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." Perhaps trying to follow that is extraordinary too. To me it seems normal. I see people treating others with respectful kindness all around me. I see a few exceptions but mostly kind courtesy seems pretty 'normal'. In a grocery line a stranger with a full cart motioned me ahead because I had only a couple of items. What a marvelous thing. So that is what I do every day - try to treat others (particularly my family) in ways that will help them to know I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I try to follow His example.

Who are the Mormons?

Linda Ruth
Mormons - members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - are people that genuinely love God, themselves AND other people. They want to be happy and hope you are too. They seek truth and want others to have all good things too. Any person you meet may be LDS. Look for happy, confident, caring people - among them you will find 'Mormons'. Look for excited, energetic, hard-working people - among them you will find 'Mormons'. Look for enlightened, interested and interesting people - among them you will find 'Mormons'. A Mormon might be anybody - anybody at all - how about you? Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Linda Ruth
I love this question! I use proxies to do many things for me professionally and personally. A family member or business associate can act for me when I can't be everywhere at the same time doing all the things my life dictates I have to get done. I can get someone to take some of the stress! help do my work! I especially love when my hubby fills in for me after dinner cleaning up the dishes. I don't have to let him but when he offers I am often glad to accept help. When I have been unable or unavailable to sign important documents it has been very comforting to have family members act as my 'proxy'. I also can act as a proxy for family members and business associates in the same kind of ways they act for me. When my boss couldn't sign delayed paychecks because she was out of town the employees I supervise were sure happy that I could act as her 'proxy' and sign their paychecks. I am so excited to be able to act as a proxy for people I know and love and the people they knew and loved - their grandpas and grandmas. We know the names of so many of our ancestors that lived before the LDS church was organized. I am thrilled to be able to help them have the chance to see and hear, and have what I have found - the wonderful truths that help me so much. If I act as a proxy to perform a baptism for them they can accept it if they want it. I am so glad to be able to be a proxy for them, so that if they want these good things that I believe, they can have them also. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Linda Ruth
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches truth. It grows because people find true answers to their questions that ache for answers. Sincere seekers of happiness and truth may also learn answers to questions we don't even know we have. This church grows because it provides praise for times of tranquility, peace for times of turmoil, purpose for times of plenty and paths to repentance when changes may help people find greater happiness. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Linda Ruth
The most important way to really know anything is to have a sincere desire. When we look at what is really in our heart and identify what we really do (and don't) want, we more easily recognize what is important and true. I learn and get understanding from people, books and other media. My physical body and surroundings verify many simple truths. I love going to a mountain top or canyon and looking at great expanses. I often consider our existence. Mechanics of things like walking or writing with a pen cause me wonder. I WANT to know more about how things are made, grow and especially what else is possible. If I really desire to know more, I must do more than just think and ponder and wonder. I have to study too. Sometimes I also need to practice. I can desire to proficiently perform piano music and study how to play until I intellectually grasp the principles and methods that produce the sounds but until I spend many hours training myself I will not be able to accomplish my desire. I must also decide what is most important. What matters most? I will never be a concert pianist because there are other things that matter more to me. My uses of time and resources have developed other talents and abilities - they are what I desire more than being a concert pianist. Do you really want to know if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true? Desire, study, pray, think, and do - try living some of the teachings, practice a little bit. Show more Show less