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Hi I'm Rula

I love the beauty and heat of the desert. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm a desert dweller. I love the heat, I love the outdoors, I love to mow the lawn. Digging in the dirt, finding worms with my kids, planting things that will hopefully grow are activities I enjoy. My dad was a farmer/gardener, and so I've got dirt in my blood. I enjoy sewing, needlepoint, and cross stitch. I have 6 children, 1 son and 5 daughters. So far, there are 4 grandchildren and one more on the way. I have stayed busy raising my family and tending other children in my home. For the last 8 years I have been employed in the school system as a student assistant, a pre-school teacher, and now a reading specialist. I love working with children and watching them shine as they learn to understand and grasp the concepts of life that we throw at them. There have been many 'challenging' children in my journey. I have often had to sing to myself "She is a child of God..." It gives strength when dealing with a room full of preschoolers. At this stage in life, I also tend to my aging mother. She has no illness, other than the infirmities and indignities of old age. She no longer talks, but she does think and sometimes smiles. It is a challenging life event. I have felt God's influence in my life as I have faced the challenges He sends my way.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents taught and lived the gospel in our home. I remember mom bribing me with candy to sit still during Family Home Evening lessons and I remember great lessons being taught there by my father. Both are 'sweet' memories. There were times in my life that I struggled with choices and their consequences. God has always watched over me and guided me through this journey and when I was ready and finally studied and prayed with sincerity, I learned for myself that this is the true gospel here on the earth. God has answered so many of my prayers personally and blessed me with so many of his tender mercies that I cannot comprehend how he could not exist. I choose to stay active in the church because I have discovered that it is my "Happy Place." No matter what is going on around me or the turmoil I find myself in, I can attend church and find comfort and peace. Life is hard, it's meant to be that way. I have learned through my membership in this church that I can make it through the trials that come my way as a stronger, happier individual. Heartaches and tears are a part of life, but knowing that I am a beloved daughter of my Heavenly Father helps me weather any storm that comes my way.

How I live my faith

I strive daily to keep myself pure and clean from the ways of the world. I avoid R rated movies. I avoid using substances that would harm my body. I strive to find the good in people everywhere. I attend my church meetings and serve where I am asked to serve. I pray daily and try to read the scriptures on a regular basis. I have recently been asked to serve with the 12 to 18-year-old girls. I love the young girls in our church. They are beautiful, from the inside out. There is a radiance and a joy that comes from associating with them in righteous activities. The youth always seem to step up to the plate and choose the right. The teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps me cling to the truth that there are good people and good things to hold onto. Simply stated, I've seen how people without a knowledge or understanding of God live. I want my life to be better, happier, and more purposeful than that. The gospel gives me tools to use as my family and I face the challenges of life.

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is all I have ever known. I was born and raised Mormon. Being a Mormon is sometimes scary, when people ask you questions and you don't know the answers. Being a Mormon is comforting, when you feel the spirit of the Holy Ghost surround you in times of need. Being a Mormon is being a part of history; my great-grandparents left their homelands of Denmark, Italy, England, and Scotland and made their way to America to find religious freedom; they also crossed the American frontier in handcarts and wagons to continue escaping from religious persecution. Being a Mormon is a blast when you are playing on the floor with toddlers in the nursery at church, teaching songs about Jesus to children during their Sunday School time, going to church camp with youth during the summer, and cleaning yards and painting houses together as a volunteer with other members of the church. Being a Mormon is sometimes being left out when others go to r-rated movies, the bars, and the casinos, but it's also being respected for standing up for your beliefs. Being a Mormon is the most important thing I have ever done. Show more Show less