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Hi I'm Ruth Ann

I grew up in SLC to become a mother of six children, before becoming a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ.

About Me

I'm a mother, grandmother, and educator. I enjoy all kinds of learning in life--the experiences we have each day, like sewing clothes and quilts, and tending the sick, gardening and canning, plus the more formal kind found in schools. I enjoy it so much that I finished a masters degree rather later in life, after my family moved on. It wasn't easy, but I was looking to find more ways to help children with literacy needs at the Title I school I taught in for some years. And I love to sing and swim too! And so do our kids. I've worked my whole life and I like it that way. Life is good, including the challenges of raising a family of six children with my husband, and working in schools for over 26 years. He's an educator too. When something seems too hard to learn, I know I'm about to discover a pearl of great price. Especially in raising children--

Why I am a Mormon

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I choose to believe in God and Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice. No other religion has taught me as much about who He is, who I am, and and why I am here. I found out because I read the Bible and then the Book of Mormon when I was in Seminary, and prayed to know if these words are true and the Holy Spirit spoke to my mind and heart in the affirmative. I have watched over the years, many people around me and have seen true happiness when they live Christ's Gospel of faith in Him, repentance, make and keep their covenants, and keep on trying. I've attended other religious groups, considered their teachings and found good people but nothing that built my faith in the Saviour and my relationship with Him. And I've learned by making mistakes and not being always faithful. It's not pretty. Studying other religions and attending to their end results by comparing sacred writings with results in peoples' lives has given me a basis to find deep happiness by choosing to follow Jesus Christ and live His principles so well taught in the Book of Mormon.It's a true, divinely inspired witness of Christ. We all have the choice to be happy by finding Jesus Christ's ways. It takes living, using the best in our intellect, spirit, and heart to make right choices and this is what I have tried to teach my children. Most especially it takes asking God to help us. The central action is to pray for help to Heavenly Father to know what is truth, and then live it each day, reading and reflecting on scriptures. It takes love! Thanks be to God for His love of us.

How I live my faith

I keep trying to be like Jesus Christ by reading and studying scriptures about Him and the prophets He has chosen because they teach His Gospel. I pray each day and thank Him for life, family, and even problems and ask for help in small and large ways. I listen to what our prophet says and examine my life and how I need to change. I partake of the sacrament on Sunday and remember the Savior and contemplate my shortcomings to repent. I am working to care for my elderly dad several days each week and help my children and grandchildren as I can. I love to visit teach nearby neighbors with a gospel message of hope and happiness, and cookies too. In teaching others the Gospel, I feel that I learn so much from them and the Holy Spirit.