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Hi I'm Ruth

I am an educator, daughter, sister, aunt and I am a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Ruth. I was named after Ruth in the Old Testament and striven to be as faithful and loyal as she. I have been blessed by my Heavenly Father throughout my life; His hand has guided my steps and been stretched out towards me continually. He has been with me through the highs and lows of life, even when I have not sought Him. When the struggles and disappointments of life have been too much to bear, He carries me and lightens my burdens. My life has not turned out as I had originally planned; I have lived a road less traveled by your typical Mormon woman. I have never married nor had children. I was blessed with an education and a career where I have had valuable experiences which I might not have otherwise. Even in a religion which is primarily family oriented, I have learned there is a place and purpose for me in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Not only is the Mormon faith focused on family but also on the individual. I recognize my Heavenly Father's hand in my life and that it is HIS path I have followed, not mine. Heavenly Father has richly blessed my life with a large extended family. I am the youngest of five children to wonderful parents whose focus was living their faith and teaching their children. My siblings are my best friends. My nieces and nephews are like my children, they and their children bring me great happiness. Besides my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, my family is my greatest blessing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family. I learned early in my life of the gospel of Jesus Christ is a solid foundation of the family unit. Although I was raised in a predominatly Mormon family, this does not mean I automatically had a testimony of the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. At the age of 14, I read a book about Joseph Smith Jr. The book was a compilation of the testimonies of those who knew the prophet Joseph. After reading this book and The Book of Mormon, I gained a testimony that he was indeed called of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to restore the truthfulness to the earth. I have maintained that testimony throughout my life but have seen how it will increase or decrease by my thoughts and actions. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ has brought me peace, joy and happiness. I do not fear for my future or that of the world.

How I live my faith

I live my faith with hope, trust and assurance in my Savior, Heavenly Father, others and myself. I try to serve in any way I am able and believe if I am willing; the Lord will direct my path where I can be of most service to my fellow brothers and sisters. In my younger years I served a mission in Texas, this opportunity proved to be one of the greatest learning experiences of my life. Serving others and the Lord taught me a great deal about myself and life. Even when serving others, I learned how Heavenly Father loves each of his children and brings to fruition needed learning and growth. This theme has continued throughout my life; when serving others I have learned the most about myself and what I need to do to change my direction to more closely harmonize with His plan for my life while helping others do the same. I am eternally indebted to my Savior, Jesus Christ for His life, His sacrifice and His atonement. I love Him. He is my friend. I look forward to the time when I can personally thank Him for His love; for now, my actions will testify of my gratitude. Although I am not perfect, it is through Him I have hope. It is through Him I am able to commune with my Father in Heaven. This simple and eternal blessing has enriched my life and I have not the words to express my deep and abiding thankfulness. He has not left me alone. None of us are ever alone - never! If you feel alone, kneel and pray. He will answer your prayer in one form or another, perhaps not in the way you want but in the manner which is best for you. He loves His children. Through Him we have peace.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Ruth
As I read the New Testament, Old Testmament, The Book of Mormon and the Pearl of Great Price the spirit of the Lord gives me peace and helps me to understand and remember who I am - A Daughter of God! Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Ruth
Being a Mormon is unique. We seem to look at life differently than others; perhaps in a more eternal way than earthly. With the understanding that life is eternal, the focus is who we truly are and who God wants us to become. It is nice to know that after all I have done, a loving Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ will take care of me no matter what happens in life. Show more Show less