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Hi I'm Ruth

I am the mother of five adult children and have nine grandchildren. I love music and playing the violin. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have spent my life trying to find the right balance between family, my profession as a musician, and my many other interests. My family is definitely the most important and precious thing in my life. I learned many valuable skills while raising my children that gave me creative and fulfilling outlets. I have enjoyed cooking and discovering new delicious ways to prepare healthy meals. It was always a fun challenge to run a household on a meager income. I have enjoyed shopping for bargains, decorating my home by upholstering furniture and sewing drapes, utilizing the public library, and reading to my children. I have explored quilting, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and gardening, all skills that have enhanced our home and family. My husband was a great partner in rearing our children. He encouraged me to continue working as a violinist by staying with the kids while I went to orchestra rehearsals in the evenings. I had little time in the day to practice my instrument, but by continuing to work as an orchestral musician I was able to keep up my skills. Through my husbands loving support, I was able to add valuable income and enjoy great fulfillment in the field of music. I feel as did the apostle Paul,“if there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy” I seek after those things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon Church. My great grandparents were all pioneers who immigrated to Utah from various parts of Europe. They made great sacrifices for the faith they adopted. Their strong testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon shaped their lives, and that heritage has been passed down through the generations. Each individual, however, must come to know for his or herself the truthfulness of the gospel. I have studied all the scriptures and prayed to know of their truthfulness. I have seen and bear witness that following the commandments and the example of Jesus Christ has born good fruits of peace and happiness in my life. I have needed the help of the Savior to turn away from selfish behaviors and learn to love and care for others. The path we are taught to follow in the scriptures leads to peace in this life. Not a life without trials, but one with great meaning and satisfaction. I am eternally grateful to the prophet Joseph Smith for being a worthy instrument in bringing forth the Book of Mormon. It’s teachings act as another witness, in addition to the Bible, of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to keep the commandments and being willing to serve where I’m needed at church. Keeping the Sabbath day holy by attending church and making it a day free of work, shopping and other daily concerns, helps recharge my ‘spiritual battery.’ I currently serve as the secretary for the women’s organization at church, but in the past I have taught children’s classes and Sunday school, and have done missionary and humanitarian work. We have moved numerous places throughout the country, and have always found great comfort in knowing that we would find a wonderful ‘church family’ wherever we went. The church has been the ‘village’ that helped us raise our family, and hopefully we contributed to others lives by mentoring their children, mourning with them in times of trial, and rejoicing with them in times joy. This love and service extends out into the community to neighbors and friends as well.