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Hi I'm Ruth

I am a military wife, a homeschooling mother of nine. A grandma to 5. My hobbies include scraping, sewing, and theater.

About Me

"Over the top!" that seems to be the general rule in our family. When others have a large family- we top out at 9 children. When others take a short family trip- we spend 3 months vacationing in a beautiful location on the chesapeak bay. When others have a meal- we have a party. When others tell a story- we jump in with a show! We are just a normal, everyday family who enjoys the good life that God gave us. We love theater and I serve as the president of the board for a local children's theater group. I also act as the costume and wardrobe executive. My youngest 7 have all been actors on the stage. My personal favorite's are "The Pied Piper" and "Pieces of Poe." I am an eclectic personality I love a wide variety of music, books, and movies. Mostly I like things that make me think. Or things that involve me emotionally, taking my heart and plunging it into the story, (or song) squeezing it, and then letting me up for air. My husband is full time military. He has been deployed to Iraq twice, mobilized 3 times. I have learned a lot about being independent, being strong, being everything to everyone. But i have also learned that I need to take care of myself. I have to make sure that I have my own needs, both emotionally and physically, meet before I can properly take care of my family. I am definately not perfect, neither is my family. We are on an adventure to learn to become more like Christ. I feel so grateful to be on this journey with those that I love the most in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have the great priveledge of belonging to the church of Jesus Christ of later day saints my entire life. I am a descendent of mormon Pioneers. One of my ancestors was William Geddes. He was taught the gospel by missionaries when he was only 12 years old. He could not deny the truth and after reading the Book of Mormon knew that he must be babtised. His family told him that he would have to choose between belonging to the church or living at home. At only left his home and found a job in a coal mine. His testimony was so great that he would teach on the docks beside the missionaries and people began calling him the boy missionary. I also have a testimony of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. I remember when I was 17 years old kneeling beside my bed and asking the Lord in prayer some important questions. They included, "Are you really there?" and do you know me as an individual." and probably the most important for me "Do you love me?". I felt a strong affirmation to all of these questions as the spirit manifest that yes God was there, he did know and love me. I remember crying and feeling as if our Father in Heaven was in the room with me, holding me. The spirit felt like a warm hug. I also asked about the gospel of Jesus Christ that day. I also recieved the witness that it was the true church of Jesus Christ. Since that day I have tried to follow Christ in all I do and say.

How I live my faith

Here in Nebraska I attend church with a very small group of mormons. I love serving with the youth in our ward. On sundays I work with the young women ages 12-18. We have 7 young women who regularly attend. Two of them are non-members who are interested in learning more about Jesus Christ and associating with others who love God. During the week I also get up early to teach an early morning scripture study class for kids 14 and up. This has both girls and boys and we have 7 who attend there as well. We are currently studying the New Testament. I love helping the kids to learn more about Jesus Christ and how he lived his life. My testimony is centered on Christ. I believe that he not only died for us. But he also lived a perfect life to teach us how to live. Christ served those around him with perfect clarity. He taught at their level helping them to learn and grow. As we study his words and try to follow his example we become closer to him. i love studying with the youth and feel that their strong spirits, and firm testimonies teach me as much as I learn from them.

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

Ruth
I have a testimony of the scriptures. i have grown to love both the old and new testament as i have studied them with the young people in the early mornings. As we read, discuss, and ponder Jesus Christ teachings we feel the spirit of the Holy Ghost. I love the words that God gave to his people. the jews in the old testament and to the apostles of Christ in the New testament. In our church we believe that the Book of Mormon is also the word of God. Joseph Smith found and translated this book which is another testament of Jesus Christ. I love that it shows that God loved all of his people in the world. He did not just favor the jews and later the disciples. He also loved the people in America and sent prophets and apostles to them also. Likewise we believe that he continues to love us and has sent us modern day prophets and apostles. Joseph smith recieved many revelations which were printed in a book that we call the Doctrine and Covenants. i testify that it is also the word of God given to modern people. God continues to love us and send us his word through his prophets even today. We hear their words when we listen to General Conference twice a year. I feel so very blessed to know that our Heavenly Father loves us equally as much as he loved the ancient people. Studying both the words given in the Bible, Book of Mormon as well as modern day words of the prophet helps me to become a better and stronger person. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Ruth
My husband and I married very young. I feel that it is our common belief and faith in God which has helped our marraige to last almost 30 years. Throughout that time we have had our struggles but have always encouraged each other to pray, read our scriptures and attend church. these things help us to strengthen our relationship with God and with each other. We are currently consentrating even more fully on these same principals. We encourage each other to have personal prayer twice a day, couple prayer daily, and family prayer. This helps us to have a greater feeling of peace from our Heavenly Father. But it also ties us more closely together as a couple. As we take turns saying our couple prayer out loud by our bedside, we are able to pray for each other and thank God for each other. This is faith in action. Praying together makes me feel loved and cared for. It also helps me to put my faith and trust in God. We often take a few minutes before prayer to talk over our concerns for our family and then include them in our prayer. Later in family prayer we are able to hear our sweet children pray for the family and extended family and feel their faith in Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father. Scripture study is also important in our marraige. We both have our daily personal study and they may share a story or a verse about what we are learning. At night we read a chapter with our children. Immersing ourselves in the teachings of Jesus Christ helps us to walk in his footsteps. Show more Show less