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Hi I'm Heather Ruth

I'm a mother. I'm a storyteller. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of five children. In 2010, I received my Master of Public Administration degree studying nonprofit finance. I love to teach classes, mentor students, and research my ancestry. I love stories. I love to tell them. I love to collect them. I love to hear them. As I study my ancestry, I focus on their stories. That is how I feel most connected to them. I'm always looking for ways to inspire my children and others with their stories. The most effective way so far has been through blogs. I include pictures, links, and sometimes even video, to help their stories come to life.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad joined the church when I was just 6 1/2 years old. Before then I had never really thought about being a Mormon, even though my mother had been one all her life. I just took for granted the fact that I would be a Mormon too. But after watching my father go through the conversion process I decided that I wanted to know for myself if this was the church for me. I asked my dad how I can know for myself if I should be a Mormon. He told me to read the Book of Mormon. So I did. Because I was so young, I didn't read all of it. But I read Moroni, the last book in the Book of Mormon. Moroni challenges all readers (Chapter 10 verse 4) to pray to find out if this book is true. So I did, and I received a peaceful confirmation that the Book of Mormon is true and that I should be a Mormon. When I was 8 years old, my dad baptized me and I became a member.

How I live my faith

I'm privileged to work with young teenage girls ages 14 and 15. I love teaching this age group because they are now becoming adults. Soon they will be driving, dating, and working, and they have lots of questions for me. I look for opportunities to tell them how I feel about Jesus Christ and his atoning sacrifice. I also visit other women in my congregation each month to see how they are doing. One lady is not a member of my church and doesn't speak English very well, but slowly we are building a friendship that I treasure. She teaches me how to cook foods from her homeland which are delicious and are now a family favorite in my home.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Heather Ruth
Only those who are free from sin can live with Heavenly Father, and because we all sin, we needed Jesus Christ to sacrifice his life. His sacrifice is how we can become clean again after we sin. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is what allows us to live in heaven with Heavenly Father and our families again. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Heather Ruth
Mormon women are strong and confident. As a Mormon woman, I feel that I have the ability and skills to be an example to all of those around me, including men. The Mormon church believes in the equality of men and women, but that doesn't mean we believe they are exactly the same. Men and women have unique characteristics and responsibilities. While the Church values them equally, they are not given the same responsibilities. I'm very grateful to be a woman, and for all the gifts and talents Heavenly Father has given me. I'm also grateful for the opportunities the Church provides for me to use them. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Heather Ruth
Because the Mormon Church is a nonprofit and tax-exempt, it cannot by law endorse political parties. But IRS requirements aside, the Mormon Church wouldn't endorse political parties anyway. We have Mormon U.S. Congressmen and Senators, both Republican and Democrat. While the Church does not tell us HOW to vote, we are encouraged to become actively engaged in the process and to vote at each election. I have never felt pressured to vote one way or the other by the Church. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Heather Ruth
Mormons believe in Jesus Christ as our personal savior and the way back to Heavenly Father. When Christ was on the earth he brought the fullness of the gospel--unlike the laws the Jews were living at the time. He also brought this fullness to the Americas after his resurrection, which is recorded in the Book of Mormon. Eventually those living on earth apostatized and the Church was taken away. The gospel was restored in its fullness in 1830 when the keys of priesthood were given to Joseph Smith. These keys have been passed down to each prophet and are now held by our living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Heather Ruth
1. In religious cults the leader is the central focus of belief. The head of our church is Jesus Christ, that's why the official name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 2. Cult recruitment includes deception and concealment of identity and requirements of affiliation. Missionaries have black tags identifying the name of our church. In order to be baptized, a new member must answer a series of questions so that it is clear they understand the teachings of our Church. 3. Cults exploit emotional needs and people are held psychological hostages through peer pressure, guilt, and fear. I have never felt peer pressure, guilt or fear to join or to continue my membership in the Church. 4. Leaders of cults make their own rules and laws which are often contrary to the rules and laws of society. One of our Articles of Faith states, "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." 5. Cults separate and alienate people from family, friends, and society. Our view on the family and society is best outlined in a document titled, "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Heather Ruth
The concept of performing proxy baptisms for those who are deceased is not a new one. This was practiced anciently after Christ established his church. Thankfully, because all of the keys of the priesthood have been restored, we can now resume this practice. Whenever I enter the temple and am baptized by proxy for my ancestors, I feel like I am serving them in a way that they can't serve themselves. I know that they still have the ability to choose for themselves whether they want to accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My hope is that they will accept this gift that I am offering to them. It's my thank you gift for all the sacrifices they have made so that I can enjoy the life I have. Show more Show less