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Hi I'm Ruth Ann

I'm a Mormon. I'm a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I love reading, traveling, playing and teaching piano, and running.

About Me

I have been a runner for 35 years. I enjoy reading non-fiction, playing and teaching piano, and decorating. A love of travel was developed in me when I, along with my husband and three children, lived in the Middle East, Iran (where we adopted our fourth child from an orphanage), and Belgium. I learned to love the history and the language of these countries, and became somewhat proficient in Farsi and French. I have spent nearly 25 years supporting the performing arts organizations in our area, including chairing events that have raised millions of dollars for these non-profit groups. Most recently I chaired an event along with my husband that raised over a million dollars in graduate scholarship money for a prominent university. I am the mother of three sons and a daughter. I am also the grandmother of seven and soon to be eight grandchildren. When my children were younger, I served as PTA president in two of the schools. In this way I could monitor what was going on in education. Now I'm involved with a non-profit institute that is working to improve elementary students' learning programs that involves combining math with music to increase cognitive learning. One of the most satisfying of all my interests is teaching adults and youth to understand and love the scriptures so that their base of learning will be such that they can gain their own testimonies of gospel truths relating to our Savior, Jesus Christ and his plan of happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a predominantly LDS community, in a family that included pioneer ancestors. Most of my friends were members, but I didn't truly come to have my own testimony of the gospel until I was in my early twenties. At this time I began a reading of the Book of Mormon in earnest. I found the subject so fascinating, that it has become one of my greatest interests. At times I have asked the questions that so many outside the church are asking, that I may give an answer. After searching, praying and reading, my knowledge takes over my faith. I think one of the ways I have come to recognize that the Book of Mormon is what it says, "another testament of Jesus Christ," is by the simple method of cross-referencing. The Bible, the Book of Mormon and others of our scriptures perfectly build on one another and testify to the truth of the others. The testimony of Jesus Christ is throughout all of them. I have studied these scriptures, prayed about them, and applied their messages on a daily basis so that I could say that I have experimented upon their words to prove them to be true. My testimony of Jesus Christ continues to increase each week as I feel His love and His acceptance of these truths as I live them. I have seen miracles take place in my and my family's lives, as we have lived the gospel. I have had my prayers answered in miraculous ways.

How I live my faith

Everything that I do is colored by the way I live my faith. I serve in these community organizations because it is what the Savior would do to improve the lives of the many. I have been in the presidencies and taught in every one of our various organizations that include the women and the youth, from the youngest to the oldest. I have also taught the adult Sunday School classes. These are my favorites because it requires a lot of study, organization of ideas, and prayer. At this time I am in the presidency of the women's organization over the entire congregation in our city. I also teach a gospel study class during the week for the women of the church. This is most satisfying. Whenever I teach, I learn new things even as I am speaking, as the spirit opens my mind to new concepts and ways of interpreting the gospel. I realize that while my preparation is vital, it is the spirit that is necessary in order for learning to take place that can bring us to a more Christ-centered way of life.