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Hi I'm Ruth

I'm a mum. I'm a student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and mother of five children. My family are the most important people in my life. Once my children were all at school, I began studying for a Bachelor of Education, Kindergarten through Primary, and am now in my final year. Music is my biggest hobby, and singing and writing songs are my focus at the moment. I play several instruments to varying standards - though none professionally. I love reading: mainly classics and children's literature. I also enjoy outdoor activities like canoeing and hanging out with my family. Since adulthood I've moved a lot, living in England, Scotland, the Netherlands and now Australia. Being a member of the church has always made that easy as we've found a ready-made group of friends wherever we've gone.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the answers to who I am, my purpose in life, and how I can achieve my potential. I was lucky enough to be born to parents who were both converts to the church during their teens. I grew up knowing that I am a child of God, and that he is my Heavenly Father who loves and cares about me; that Jesus Christ is my perfect older brother who atoned for my sins so that every day I can begin again, without having to carry the guilt of past mistakes. I have learned through experience that Heavenly Father does answer my prayers and that the things I was taught are true - because they work. I receive inspiration and guidance for my daily life, particularly when I face problems and seek help. When I follow the example of Jesus Christ and try to live unselfishly, I feel good about myself. I know the Book of Mormon contains the word of God, and is another witness of Christ. I know that we are led by prophets and I appreciate having a pattern to follow which works. I know the family is central to God's plan for us and that we can be together in families forever. My studies in education have expanded my understanding of this plan: that we have come to a beautiful and diverse learning environment, created by the greatest teacher; where we learn by experiences, uniquely tailored to us individually; and are assisted by others, most significantly by Jesus Christ, to achieve our potential.

How I live my faith

I've discovered the truth of the statement 'He who would be greatest among you must be servant of all'. Although I know I'm far from being the greatest, when I do things for others it makes me feel great. It helps me understand why God does what he does for us. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to help someone to achieve something that they could not achieve alone. It's what parents do. It's what teachers do. And I don't think there can be a better feeling! I look out for opportunities to help others wherever I am, and lots of these are provided through church service. One of the things I love about being a Mormon is the chance we get to develop and use our talents and skills by serving in a voluntary capacity. Over the years I've spent a lot of time teaching children at church particularly in the area of music. It's actually been a great help with my studies and provided me with tons of experience. I've also enjoyed teaching adults and youth and taking part in choirs and drama productions.