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Hi I'm Rita

I'm a wife, a mom and grandma. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was 3 years old. We lived in the Midwest, and I was the oldest of five children. Every night, our family ate together at the dinner table. My father would joke that I had a “hollow leg”. I still do. We would laugh, talk and play games. We just enjoyed spending time together as a family. I have a family of my own now. I married my high school sweetheart. At the time, it did not seem to matter that he was not a Mormon. I was young and naïve and blind to the difficulties that could come marrying someone of a different faith. During those early years, it was not easy as we had different views about what was important in life. There came a time, however, when my husband chose to investigate the church and find out why it was important to me. He met with the missionaries and was taught the precepts and truths that the gospel offers. He came to know it was true. He was a gentleman and still is, 30 years later. We have a handsome single son and two beautiful married daughters. My son has a daughter and my daughters have sons. I enjoy being a grandma and volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, speaking up for the best interests of dependent children.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ and desire to live the same gospel he taught when he was upon the earth. He could have only have had one church, for truth is absolute. I have prayed and felt the confirming power that it is true. The gospel of Jesus Christ leads us to real happiness and answers the important questions of why we are here and where we are going after this life. Answers that give our lives meaning and point us in the right direction to the path of righteousness. Now, when we are doing what's right, we feel happy. We feel that pure love of Christ when we serve each other and look outside ourselves. I am far from perfect and yet, when I do something wrong, my conscience aches and I know I have to make it right, whatever it may be.

How I live my faith

I am a follower of Jesus Christ and try to live my life as such. I hope that when my family, friends, as well as acquaintances, are with me they feel a little closer to heaven. Since we do not have a paid ministry, we act as "ministers" by visiting, teaching and serving one another. I have a small group of other women that I visit each month to check on their needs and deliver a short message to them, as well as goodies from time to time. I have also had the opportunity to teach in a more formal setting at church in various capacities.