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Hi I'm Charity Ruth

I am a latter day saint!

About Me

Hi! I am a 27 year old mother of one who lives in Ontario, Canada. I have a Master of Social Work degree and am a Clinical Social Worker working with children, youth and their families, in the largest First Nation in Canada. I have a husband, 3 cats and a dog. I love sports like tennis, to throw "minglers", reading and engaging in outdoor activities. I love to travel and explore new terrain. I also love helping others, seeing people transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ, and spending time with family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a "mormon" because I came to know the Book of Mormon is true. I also know that God lives and Jesus is the Christ. The Book of Mormon testifies of these things. I didn't grow up in the church but did grow up learning about Christ. This helped, as when I encountered struggles in my early twenties, I started praying in the name of Jesus Christ and starting seeing fantastic things happening in my life. I noticed direct answers to prayer. Following this, I began "trying on" different churches, and seeking for truth. As I sought for truth, and prayed, I began having very spiritual experiences. One such experience was as I travelled in Spain. While hiking and going down different paths on a mountain, in San Sebastian, I suddenly felt a strong sense of peace, and a still small voice began "teaching" me various things. One of these things was that there is truth in all religions, but there is one path with a fullness of truth, and which leads to Jesus Christ. I also was taught that there are various levels of heaven. These truths which I learned were direct answers to questions I had previously asked my Heavenly Father. I continued to have spiritual experiences like these, and prayed about them, and what I learned. A few months after I returned back to Canada, I encountered a missionary from the Church of Jesus Christ. I investigated the church for several months and as I was taught and prayed, I came to know of the truthfulness of the gospel the missionaries taught. Every day I learn more about God's plan for us, through the help of the Holy Ghost. Every day my testimony of truth grows. I know this church has a fullness of the truth. I know God loves and is mindful of every one of His children. I know that God gives us a way to know truth for ourselves, and that is through prayer. I sincerely know, with all my heart, that anyone who earnestly seeks the truth, praying and asking God, can also know these things to be true.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith each day. God doesn't expect us to be perfect thankfully! and thus has provided Christ for us to rely on, but He does expect us to live His gospel and follow eternal law to the best of our abilities. I serve in the church. I am a visiting teacher and Young Single Adult FHE Advisor. These callings help me learn as I teach others they strengthen me spiritually. I also live my faith by participating in a career which allows me to help those in crisis. I pray for them, and often have felt inspired to help them in certain ways which prove to be best for them. I follow the word of wisdom, I don't drink, smoke or live an unhealthy lifestyle. I try to keep my tabernacle of clay a holy place for the Holy Ghost to preside. I try my best to love all of God's children. That's difficult sometimes when I get frustrated or angry by other's thoughtlessness or cruelty, but I try to remember we are children of God, who make mistakes, and all in need of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven't we always had the Bible?

Charity Ruth
Yes, we have the Bible, and oh how necessary and wonderful it is!! But, "in the mouths of two or more witnesses shall every word go forth". The Book of Mormon is another testament (testifies of) Jesus Christ (it actually mentions 'Christ' every 1.6 verses in the Book of Mormon!). The greatest thing about the Book of Mormon is that it was written, abridged and translated by prophets, and was written for our current day and age of time. Also, more importantly, the Book of Mormon is a witness that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. By reading the Book of Mormon, praying about it and coming to know it is true, you gain the testimony that God does indeed speak to all His children testifying of Christ, and that the work that Joseph Smith gave his life for was truly that of God. Joseph Smith restored a fullness of the gospel. The Bible gives us bits and pieces, but after the apostles and early church were taken from the earth after Christ's earthly ministry, there was no one with proper authority on the earth to guide the interpretation of the Bible. The Bible testifies of these things. It quotes time upon time of the authority of Christ being passed on by the "laying on of hands", that there was going to be an apostasy (not a fullness of truth on the earth) and other important doctrine that was lost though the death of the apostles. Much of the new testament is Paul exhorting Christians in various parts of the world to stay firm in true doctrine, because false doctrine was quickly creeping in. Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to know the truth. He appeared to a simple farm boy, Joseph Smith, and guided him to the truth. Joseph asked which church he should join and was admonished to join none, but bring back a fullness of truth. I know God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith, as two personages, just as they did with Stephen of the new testament. I know the church which Joseph Smith started has a fullness of truth. It is perfect. I know this was part of our Father in Heavens plan, to prepare the earth and reach out to his children prior to the second coming of our Saviour. Show more Show less