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