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Hi I'm Ruth-Ann

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in the South, graduated college in the West, and have kept my Faith across many seas and experiences.

About Me

After graduating from college, working full time, and getting married, I decided to stay at home with my children when I became a mother. I studied Social Work, and worked for several agencies with troubled children and teens with both behavioral issues and other. My passion was foster care and adoption towards the end of my career, and I really enjoy doing big projects, raising money, and arranging special events for those less fortunate. I keep myself involved though I am at home by helping out at our local school, voluntary non profit work, and continuing my education. I love school and I want to become a Nurse Practicioner one day so my husband and I can serve in a third world country in a humanitarian capacity. I dream of doing so many things with my life...but I have come to find that none of those things really compare with the smile that comes from a happy child. I find great joy in serving my family right now, and pouring all of my previously acquired talents into them. Thanks to God I have discovered this path in my life. I love to travel, shop, read , exercise, cook, be in nature, and take pictures. I am a fanatic about feeding my kids healthy good stuff. I was able to do a study abroad in Jerusalem/Egypt when I was younger and serve a full time mission for my Church in Italy. I have seen much of the world and hope that my children choose to do the same as I feel it broadens our understanding of the big picture, helps us see how alike we are!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church from infancy. My testimony has come in pieces throughout my life. My mother was a convert to the church at the age of 16 and my father was 3 when his parents joined, so you can say I was the first generation born into this church in my family. My mother was an avid believer that a testimony is to be sought out for yourself. She never minded me questioning her beliefs or why we went to church or believed what we did. This encouraged me to find out for myself the truthfulness of the gospel. My father was a great scriptorian, and I knew that my answers would probably come from that source. With both of their examples of Faith, I inquired for myself in both prayer and in scripture study. I found out for myself when I was 12 years old. I attended a spiritual camp for young girls, and I was feeling very left out and lonely not understanding why all these people were professing so much faith in this person called "Jesus" in a meeting set apart for the bearing of testimonies. I decided to stand up for myself. I told God in a silent prayer to myself that if this was true and if Jesus lived, He had better tell me so when I stood up. Surely as I live, it happened to me personally! I stood there not knowing what to say,and he filled my heart and sould with such a burning. I finally knew for myself that The Savior was real! I learned the Book of Mormon to be the word of God by reading it, applying its principles, praying about it. My knowledge of prophets came as I listened to their words and felt God's love fill my heart as they spoke truth. During my mission, I was able to testify of the Savior and of God's restoration of HIs Gospel to the earth. Each time I spoke about the truths I knew to be true, they seemed to be carved upon my soul. My study of the Bible deepened as I traveled the Holy Land. I had the opportunity to be there at Easter time. How special to see so many denominations join in unison in praise to our One God!

How I live my faith

I attend a weekly Sunday Service as well as serve as a leader for girls ages 8-11 on a program called "Faith in God". It is intended to assist young girls gain an abiding Faith in Christ and to learn various virtues. I help organize faith building activities for them to help them achieve their goals. You can imagine my passion for working with youth on finding the truth as that is where it happened to me. I feel that with so much evil in the world, children need to be equipped to stand on their own two feet, and the only way to do so is to have a sense of truth and belonging to something higher than yourself. Anyway, I also help in a women's organization doign various projects, I visit different women in my neighborhood monthly to make sure they are doing well and to share a spiritual message with them. I live my Faith mostly in my own personal private moments...in my own room alone speaking to God alone, praying that He will light my way. As I read the Scriptures daily, I feel His presence.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

I have studied the Bible througout my life, and I personally love the New Testament as my favorite book of Scripture. Mormons use the Bible in their Sunday School Classes as well as in their homes, and in any occasion where the Gospel is being taught. It is by the mouth of two - three witnesses that God bears witness of His truths. The Bible and the Book of Mormon are companion scriptures, they do not take away or add to each other. I like to think of them as complimentary books of study. My love for the Savior has been nurtured so much from the Bible. Mormons believe in the Bible because it is the word of God, it is a testament of His prophets speaking His words to His children. We learn so much about how God interacts and handles His relationship and teachings towards His children from the Bible. Show more Show less