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Hi I'm Ruth

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a married mother of 6 kids and 17 grandkids. I don't work outside of the home any longer, and my husband and I moved to our present location to retire from the big city. We have about 13 acres here and love to have our church's girls' camps here and also family reunions and wedding receptions. This keeps our summers very busy, as well as the huge garden that my husband plants. We are kept busy giving away vegetables. I love to do genealogy and I am frequently on ancestry.com. I enjoy keeping in touch with the members of our ward and offering whatever help I can. I love the sisterhood that we have in this area.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Lutheran Church and attended a Lutheran school for seven of my grade school years. In that church I learned to love the Lord and accept him as my Savior. I always wanted to live a righteous life. When I married, my husband agreed to take the catechism lessons and join my church. However, I found that he could not accept some of the teachings and he quit going to church with me. One day we found a Joseph Smith pamphlet in our home, and my husband read it, prayed about it, and felt that it was true. At his request I read it and remember thinking, "Who am I to say that this didn't happen?" But I was not interested in knowing more. However, my husband pushed me to read other things about the LDS church, and I consented to have the missionaries over. I became a little interested in the new concepts that I was taught and remember reading the Bible hoping that the new teachings were true and hoping that I would not find anything in the Bible that would disagree. One thing that I was completely sure of was that my church did not have any authority and I knew that I could never feel the same way about it. I know that I hurt my parents when my husband and I were baptized, but I knew that was what Heavenly Father wanted me to do. Over the years my parents were able to see how important the LDS church was to me and my kids, and they accepted that I would remain a member. There was a time when I questioned the truthfulness of the church, but after a lot of fervent prayers I received a revelation (a still small voice) simply telling me that "the Lord is the head of this Church." I have never doubted since, and I'm so thankful for the gospel in my life and for my eternal marriage. It helps me every day to know that my Heavenly Father loves even me and expects me to serve my family and others. I could not have gotten as close to my Heavenly Father and my Savior in any other church, and I rely on the teachings of the gospel every day in my life.

How I live my faith

I enjoy doing my callings in the Church. I pray to Heavenly Father every day that I might know who needs my help and how I can help them. Being a visiting teacher helps you to become friends with the ladies that you visit. I have been able to help people through visiting teaching. We give them a spiritual message and are there when they need us, and we let them know that we care. Every sister should have a visiting teacher who stays in touch with her. Sometimes we forget that our Heavenly Father loves us very much and we need to be uplifted. The ladies in the church get together, usually monthly, to have homemaking lessons or just to socialize and maybe learn crafts. I enjoy doing genealogy and doing the temple work for my ancestors who did not have a chance to know of Heavenly Father's plan of salvation. As we live the teachings of Jesus, we become closer to Him and have the Holy Spirit to be with us to guide us in our lives. The Lord wants us to be happy, and living His gospel can bring us and our families happiness that we can find nowhere else.