Hi I'm Heather Ruth
I'm a mother. I'm a storyteller. I'm a Mormon.
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.
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.
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.