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Hi I'm Ruth

I grew up a Mormon. Following Heavenly Father's plan has always made me happy. I want to share it. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. I keep the books for our ag consulting business. I love to be with my family, my husband, my six children and eight grandchildren, my father, mother-in-law and all our extended family. I love to garden and I am just beginning to learn about growing heirlooms for food and seed. I love to learn how to cook delicious and nutritious foods to feed my family and keep them healthy, and a few comfort foods just for fun. I love studying my family history and discovering ancestors and studying their lives. I love waking up and seeing that I have a new day to make a small piece of my own history. I love my life!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ from the time I was a baby. One day, when I was fourteen, daydreaming in math class, I wondered if it was really true. I knew by that time that my parents could be wrong about things sometimes. So right there in class I considered perhaps that there is no God. I knew immediately, though, that I knew God existed, and I knew that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God. But I did not know that the doctrines I had been taught were true. I decided to read the Book of Mormon prayerfully to know if it is true. I began reading it on my own every night. I prayed about it every night. One evening, somewhere in Alma, one of the books in the Book of Mormon, I noticed that I had been feeling something over the last several days. It was a realization that the Book of Mormon is a true account, and inspired by God. I understood later that the Holy Ghost had witnessed this in my heart over that period of time. This new knowledge meant also that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, that Christ truly did restore His church again on the earth. Since that very significant year in my life, the restored gospel has helped me make good decisions as a youth and as an adult. It has helped me choose a good eternal companion. It has helped us raise our children to live happily. It has given me daily guidance through prayer, study and relying on the guidance of the Holy Ghost, to continue to make choices which help me become more like my Savior. The Gospel has taught me that I can repent when I'm off track and Jesus has the power and the grace to clean me up. This process of growth strengthens my faith, gives me greater hope, and increases my feelings of love and charity for others, especially those who know nothing of this happiness. I want so much to offer it to others, that they might find the lasting happiness which comes from learning and living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to serve in my church in a great variety of ways. Currently I am serving in my congregation's Primary, which is the church organization for our children ages 18 months to 12 years old. Each week I teach and guide the children, along with other teachers and leaders with whom I serve. We teach them about their Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I love to be with the children. Their hearts are very open and it feels a little like heaven when I'm with them. I also serve as a visiting teacher, which means at least once a month I visit some of the adult female members who live in my town. I try to help and serve them when I can. Really we all just become very good friends. The most important place I serve and live my faith is in my own home. I have a good and loving husband who works hard to provide for us with our business. I try very hard to support him in all his righteous desires to take care of his family and to serve in the church and community. I pray for him daily. Besides my Savior, my husband is my best friend.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

I have been taught from a young age that I am a daughter of Heavenly Father. I am a princess to a King. We are sons and daughters of a perfectly loving God who teaches us to care for each other and be kind. We are not meant to dominate one another, but to help each other along in the path of life. My husband shows me respect and tells me what he admires in my gifts and abilities. He helps me when I need help, and sometimes just offers because he's like that. I show him respect also. I tell him often, sometimes to buoy his spirits and sometimes because I just sense the beauty of his existence, I tell him that he is a beloved son of God and that his life has meaning, purpose, and direction. We are and always have been partners in our marriage, in raising our children, in enjoying our grandchildren, in our business, in our earthly journey. Show more Show less