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Hi I'm Ruth

I have lived in Ohio USA my whole life. I am a wife, mother and grandma, and public school teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Thirty four years ago I married my high school sweetheart. We are proud parents of four grown children and love to spoil our twin grandchildren. About ten years ago I renewed an elementary education license. For the past few years I have enjoyed teaching and learning as an English Second Language teacher in the local public schools.

Why I am a Mormon

A few months after college graduation, I noticed that some Christian people my age at work shared something special in their beliefs in Jesus Christ. My mom and I had visited different churches. Some congregations had that same special feeling--I couldn't explain. They seemed to be truly happy. People my age were doing service and enjoying picnics without drinking or partying. I wanted that too but didn't really understand what I was feeling except I needed to change. I lived with my mom who didn't attend any church. My older sisters had moved out of the house. My dad had died when I was young. My mom was very social so I was not surprised that she had invited some sister missionaries over for dinner. Her Siciilian hospitality kicked in when she had been to a Church function at a Mormon friend's house. She had to feed these poor girls far away from home. So we talked. I made an appointment for them to show me a filmstrip. It was called "Man's Search for Happiness" . At the end, one sister missionary looked me straight in my eyes and told me she knew what they were teaching me is the truth. I had never felt or seen such conviction. One beautiful autumn day I was cleaning the house while my mom was at work. Knock. Oops forgot the sisters were coming over. Had not read the things they had suggested. Okay. We will talk about Joseph Smith anyway. Here are some revelations we also believe to be true. What? More truth to accept?! No w---Hold it. A liquid like warm glow poured from the top of my head , through my body. So unexpected, really. I looked at the missionary with tears in both our eyes..."It's true. It really is true, isn't it?" "Yes." I could not deny it. And so started my journey living the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. One such experience does not sustain a growing faith. Living and growing and learning has not stopped since. All is work--prayer, church attendance, service, studying scripture, repenting. All is worth it.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have taught the Gospel to the children, the teens, and the adults in our local congregation, in one capacity or another. Many years I have held leadership positions in local congregations and have been given opportunities to learn what it means to lean on the Savior. I hope that the skills I learn carry over into my professional life as well. The best way I think to live my faith is our visiting teaching system. We have a system of visiting other women in the church. Everyone has a companion and we visit or call our assigned sisters at least every month. If they need help, we give it. If we can't, we make sure someone who can does. Over the years this visiting teaching (for we always share a gospel message, too) has blessed me with wonderful friends. It has taught me about myself as a servant of the Lord. I have had great selfless examples of service from those who visit and love me I must mention that my high school sweetheart married me but never joined the Church, although he has always been supportive. We are happily married despite the tension that can be coused by a difference in befliefs. I can honestly say that all the lessons I learn and relearn as I attend and serve in the Gospel make me a better wife and mother. He even admits that the Church in our lives has helped us stay together. There are so many ways to live my faith. That is the key, though, isn't it...live what I know to be true. And when I make mistakes, I know the atonement can bring forgiveness and strength. The Lord always works with us wherever we are in our spiritual journey.