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Hi I'm Ruth

I'm a wife, a full-time mom, a writer, and an advocate for children with special medical needs.

About Me

I am a wife of almost 15 years, a full-time mother and homemaker, and a freelance writer. Two of my four children were born with complex medical conditions, including heart defects and metabolic disorders. My experiences caring for them have given me a vested interest in improving children's access to sound medical care and the way that care is provided, as well as promoting increased awareness of congenital heart defects. While my children are at school, I work from a home office as a freelance writer and web designer. I enjoy my family, traveling, camping, do-it-yourself projects, reading, Zumba class, and challenging my children to dance-offs. My favorite memories are the ones we make on family roadtrips.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I didn't really understand how much my membership meant to me until I was a young adult, living on my own for the first time. It was on the borders of the Badlands of South Dakota--far away from the influence of my family--that I learned how important my relationship with Jesus Christ was, and came to know for myself that the Book of Mormon contains important truths. During that time of growth and personal discovery, I also began to see how the principles I had been taught as a child and had chosen to follow had blessed my life. I was able to clearly see how much protection that gave me from difficult and dangerous situations faced by many others around me. Instead of giving me restrictions, my beliefs gave me freedom. From that point, I committed myself to being an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My family is part of a small congregation in the midwestern U.S., which gives quite a few opportunities to serve in the Church. I get to teach the children of our congregation to sing, which is a lot of fun for me. Music has been an important part of my own life, and it is easy for me to feel close to my Heavenly Father when I am enjoying beautiful music. I love having the opportunity to teach children gospel truths put to music.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

One of the first things about the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ that I remember learning was this: families are forever. Our Heavenly Father considers our family relationships to be so important that he has made it possible for us to continue them even after death. Family members can be united together beyond their time on earth and into eternity because of sacred temple ordinances. This means death doesn't have to be the end of the love we feel for each other or the cherished moments spent together as a family. As a young woman, I committed to living my life in a way that would allow me to meet the requirements of worthiness to enter a temple and be sealed to my future spouse. My husband and I were married and sealed together in the Logan Temple, and began our lives together. When children joined our family, we were thrilled. Each one added so much joy to our home. Our youngest daughter, Lily, was born with some very challenging medical problems. Soon after her first birthday, she died in my arms. As hard as it was to say goodbye and let her little body be taken away, I found great comfort in knowing that our separation was only temporary. While I am still keenly aware that I don't have the opportunity right now to kiss and hold my Lily or see her grow, my grief is tempered. I can't do those things right now, but because of temple ordinances, we will be reunited someday, and I will be able to experience all the joy of caring for and being with my little daughter. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

I've had the opportunity to be a member of Mormon wards (congregations) in several regions of the United States and Europe. My family has always been welcomed with open arms whether we have moved across town or across the Atlantic ocean. All Mormons consider Christmas and Easter to be special days because of their significance in the life of Jesus Christ. We try to emphasize the spiritual nature of these holidays, and focus our attention on the birth, life on earth, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. But we also enjoy participating in the traditional customs surrounding Christmas and Easter that are unique to the part of the world we live in. Along with Christmas and Easter, we join our communities in celebrating regional and national holidays. Mormons love a good, wholesome party! A big part of being a member of the Church is attending Sunday meetings. Because we regard Sunday as such a special day, you will see most of us wearing our best clothing to Church--even when it isn't Christmas or Easter. It is typical to see men in ties, women in modest dresses or skirts, and children dressed in similar attire. I love to find pretty dresses for my daughters and colorful ties for my son to wear to church. It helps me and my family remember and enjoy the different spirit of the day when we aren't in our "ordinary" clothing on Sunday. Show more Show less