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Hi I'm Ruth Ann

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in lovely and colorful Colorado, and live there still. I have parents who I thought were the ordinary sort of parents when I was young. I have long since found out they are extraordinary people of great faith, generosity, good will, and equanimity. I’m the mom of five dear sons, and wife of a great husband. We started a charter school, Liberty Common School, and restored our 115 year old house. We love our family, our friends, our faith, our freedoms, and their author, our Savior Jesus Christ. I’m a gardener, a book reader, piano and recorder player (and cello if no one is listening), knitter, and cyclist (sort of). I really like Bach, hydrangeas, pre-Raphaelite art, C S Lewis, wool, Boggle, Grasmere, moss, Gothic architecture, P G Wodehouse, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, smoked salmon with avocados, old photographs, T S Eliot.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ from the beginning. I accepted it as children who love and trust their parents often accept the faith of their fathers. I lived it whole-heartedly until I was an insecure teenager conforming to the equally foolish teenagers around me. Even having insisted on getting lost, I still had great help getting found, which testified to me that the Lord holds out His hands to us all the day long. By reading His scriptures, praying, and serving His children, my testimony of His love for us increased, sometimes haltingly, sometimes imperceptively, gradually, but surely. The difference between living in and with Christ, or without Him is something like what G K Chesterton expressed: “There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It may be conceded to the mathematician that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one.” And if one’s ally is Christ the equation is infinite and eternal. When Jesus came to His people on the earth in the meridian of time, He was not what they wanted. The idea they’d formed of how and by whom they wished to be rescued, thwarted their ability to recognize Him. The mainstream congratulated themselves on persecuting or keeping their distance from Him. So it is today, and has always been. The Lord’s not landing in force, yet, because He wants to give us the chance of joining His side freely. He has restored His church on earth as He said He would, but each individual has to decide if he even wants to look. I’ve looked, lived it, studied it, prayed over it, and I’m a Mormon, because in addition to infinite evidences that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His church, I’ve received the witness of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

My faith has given a sure hierarchy of priorities to my life: living the covenants I've made with God, teaching the gospel to my family, serving in the church, have all taken precedence in my life.