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Hi I'm Ruth Ann

I grew up in a wonderful family and now have five children and fourteen grandchildren of my own. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

At the birth of our first child I became a full-time homemaker. My husband and I were able to raise our family in the country, which afforded us the opportunity of teaching our children to work in our vegetable garden. We spent many summer days sharing thoughts and ideas as we snapped beans, cut corn off the cob, and peeled peaches. At the time, the children were not very excited about picking bushels of green beans, but they now look forward to their own children having the same experience. Because we lived in a rural area, the children played with each other rather than running about the neighborhood. Though now living in several different states they still love to gather at the homeplace, sharing thoughts and ideas, often times while picking beans or husking corn. 

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the home of a Methodist minister and a mother who was the daughter of a minister. As a family, we always attended church meetings and socials. Our life was centered around the church, where I learned gospel principles which gave direction to my life. However, upon being introduced to the Mormons I could see that blessings, of which we had heretofore been unaware, were available to my husband and me. Plus, we were expecting our first child and liked the Mormons' emphasis on family. In the Bible we are told we are God's children, so we knew families were important. It has truly been a sweet experience to put into practice the principles we have been taught and see the results. In addition to taking time to gather in a family circle to pray each morning and night, our children of high school age left home before sunrise each school day to attend a religion class. They have had additional opportunities to plan activities, serve in leadership positions, prepare talks for our worship services, engage in community service, and attend youth classes and activities which bolstered their faith and commitment to live righteously. Most importantly, at home and church they have been taught the significance of our Savior, Jesus Christ and the Grace He so freely offers us. 

How I live my faith

With the work of the church being carried out by lay leaders, we all have opportunities to serve. For me these have included being a teacher, librarian, women and youth leader, organist, and chorister. I have always loved music, so music callings have been easy for me, however, the other positions have required extra study and prayer, but have resulted in personal growth and rewarding experiences. So serving has been gratifying and full of blessings.