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Hi I'm Rita

I love and paint our beautiful BC Westcoast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily married grandmother of six and a new great grandson. I live on a beautiful little island near Victoria, the capital of BC, Canada. My husband and I love boating in the summer in his homemade power boat and I enjoy painting seascapes in the winter. Scrabble is another favorite and I also really like my computer for doing family history research whenever there is some spare time. We have also been helping give childcare to our four year old grandaughter who is a marvelous little light in our lives. She keeps me sweet and very much alive even though I struggle with RA. We are so blessed to have the lives we do and I would like to share my faith with any who want to hear about it.

Why I am a Mormon

In reflection  I am sometimes surprised to find I am an active Mormon and that I joined a church that requires total a committment of your life and being. Don't get me wrong, I love this church it and would never change it for anything but it was not ever my style to be a joiner. Just from curiousity I started to investigate the church back in the 60's after some major disappointments and I can say it is the best thing I could ever have done for myself and my family. I gained tremendous faith in Christ, learned about the existence of the Book of Mormon. I prayed to ask if this new faith and what it taught was all true and how marvelous to get a "YES" answer from God. Is there anything more precious to know that a caring God will answer a sincere prayer. I remember learning the phrase: " to those to whom much is given, much is required" and after baptism I determined I would do my part. Living as I do has given me personal confidence, I found and developed talents that I never knew I had. I came to understand my talents were given me to help others. I have made wonderful lifetime friends, and also discovered why I am here, where I came from and where I am going. I think this is part of the great peace that our Savior talked about that we can gain. I would like this peace to exist in the hearts of all mankind.

How I live my faith

At my age I have been able to serve in my church in almost every calling there is. It has been a wonderful education in how to get to know myself and my strengths and weaknesses and how to deal with those in my church family who come from every walk of life. In reflection, I especially was challenged with leading Cub scouts as Akela and also teaching early morning 6:45am seminary to 13 marvelous youth, The Lord blessed me and made me equal to all of the tasks no matter how intimidating. Funny but I think I ended up learning more than all the children ever did. Right now I am able to volunteer at our little branches Family History Library and I really enjoy this work. It is so exciting to see the light come in someone's eyes when they have found a relative lost to them before. It gives us some of us a special feeling to connect with the past and there always seems to be one person in a family who feels called upon to do this work. You know often their are more non-members using our library than members. I also am able to teach a class once per month to the women of the church. I have come to love them so much and I have realized I am never alone. (And again I have learned more than taught) They sometimes share their stories and their examples of meeting adversity with courage and strength has been so positive and uplifting for me. I love it that most of us feel safe and accepted and that the rules of acceptance are different than those in society. No one cares whether you are pretty, thin, rich, poor, doctor or laborer or where you have been, only where you are going. I am seeing that the "Mormon way" of life has the power to change lives to give us compassion, tolerance and that we can learn to love God, ourselves and others with a love that is so amazing, it is a Christlike love. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.