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Hi I'm Riitta

I was born and raised in Finland. I love to read and watch movies. I have a husband and 4 children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Finland to a typical middle class family. My father worked for the city power company and my mother worked for the school district. I have two sisters and one brother. My mother joined the Mormon church when she was a young adult and my father shortly before they were married. All of my youth, I never saw my father go to church. He was completely inactive but he was OK for the rest of the family going to church. I love reading books. I love books so much, that I majored in Finnish language and literature in college. That is what I started with. After two years of college I knew the Lord wanted me to serve a full time mission. I fought against that for a short time, but finally I decided that was what I needed to do in order for me to meet all the goals I had set for my life. I served 18 months in Florida and there I met my future husband. He was also a missionary and after our missions were completed, we got together and were married. That meant I had to move permanently to the US. During our marriage, we have lived in many states around the US for my husband's education. Obviously studying Finnish was no longer practical for me, so I switched to sociology and I graduated with that. I worked with emotionally disturbed children and found that very challenging but rewarding. I am still raising four children of my own and find that even more rewarding. I am a stay-at-home mom and working on getting a masters degree in nutrition.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a family, where my mother was a faithful latter day saint. My father was not. He mainly tolerated the rest of us going to church. I don't believe I have ever doubted the truthfulness of the gospel. I always knew the church was true. I have seen my prayers being answered multiple times. The gospel principles make sense to me. But more importantly than that, the Holy Spirit has testified to me many times, that the gospel principles are true. That is where I will find salvation. Living the gospel has brought me much joy and satisfaction. I always enjoyed my friendships with other church members and that is where I always felt like home, regardless of where in the world I was at the time. It is so comforting moving to a new city and know I am always welcomed in my new local congregation and that is where I would always find my place. I have been to many other churches. I have met many other wonderful people, but that is not where home is. My home is in the Mormon church and I will never change. My testimony of the gospel is the most valuable thing I own along with my family.

How I live my faith

I have had many jobs in the church over the years. I have served mostly with the adult women during my adult years. I have taught classes, I have been a leader of the women's group.I have counseled other women. I have organized events and classes. I have taught the youth and children. I have been a cub scout leader to little boys. My favorite thing to do is visiting teaching. That is a program in the church where we visit other ladies in the congregation in their homes about once a month. We help and support one another and share a short spiritual message. We make friends and enjoy one another's company. All of us need that little personal attention. This type of service is most effective when we are trying to build our testimonies. When you share it with others, your own testimony becomes stronger. Every day I try to live my life as the Savior would do it. I come short all the time, but then I try to do better. Going to church every Sunday helps tremendously. There I renew my batteries and learn more about the gospel. Sunday is my favorite day of the week. I keep that day free from any other activities other than church related. That helps me keep the Sabbath Day holy and then I find I can live the rest of my week with more energy and motivation to follow the Savior. Jesus is my personal Savior. I love him with all my heart and I try to serve him the best I can. I am still a regular human being. I get frustrated with my kids and life in general and I need to repent a lot. From church I find the energy and motivation to do just that.