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Hi I'm Ruth

I'm a a wife, mother of 3 handsome sons and 2 beautiful daughters. I am a grandmother 11 but soon 14. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a small community in the mountains 6 miles outside of town. My father was a barber and worked long hours to feed our family of 4 children. My mother worked at different jobs to help put clothes on our backs, and help us to feel good about ourselves. My dad was also very busy serving in the church. We loved living in the mountains, playing, running, climbing trees. We were raised to work hard on our education and anything we undertook; to strive to do well. I took piano lessons as a young woman and stayed with that love of music my entire life. I graduated from college and taught elementary school for one year in a rural two-room school. Wow, what did I get into? I was young, 22, and thought I could do anything! It was quite a learning experience for me, but the majority of my students could feel that I truly cared for them and helped me and supported me. I have loved teaching in my adult life and have taught piano for 36 years and early morning seminary for 10 along with some substitute teaching in the local school districts.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the LDS church my entire life. With my musical abilities, I served as pianist and ward organist from the time I was 12. I have always felt my Heavenly Father helped me through many challenges. In college, I struggled in some classes, but always knew that with focus, hard work, lots of prayers and help from my Heavenly Father, I could succeed. When I had graduated from college, my roommate and I moved to San Diego to get jobs. Teaching jobs were unavailable, so I worked for a computer company as a receptionist. I needed to get a stronger testimony of principles of the gospel. After putting it to the test of praying and asking for confirmation on what I felt to be true and living the gospel principles, I received a confirmation that the Lord loved me and would guide me in my life. I needed to do what I now knew to be right and not waiver. With teaching these principles for so many years and praying for the spirit of the Lord to guide me in teaching what He wanted me to teach and How He wanted me to teach, I can truly say that the Spirit has guided me in many different ways. Knowing that you are speaking for and representing the Lord as you teach, it is comforting to know that the Lord desires all of us to have knowledge, but he is eager to help us in our quest for knowledge and our desire to help and assist others in their learning, also.

How I live my faith

I have had callings involved with music, teaching and leadership responsibilities in different aspects of the church. I have accompanied many musical numbers, taught people how to lead music and accompany the congregation on the organ. My latest experience was choosing musical numbers that helped bring in a special feeling in our meeting. My leadership responsibilities were with the women in the congregation, and mostly with the youth from 12-18. I love teaching the youth, and have kept in contact with youth that I taught over 20 years ago. That has been awesome connecting via social media and taking up where we left off. With my piano teaching, I have encouraged my students when they are having a difficult time learning pieces of music, to spend the time on their knees, asking for divine assistance and bearing my witness that I know that Heavenly Father will help them. I have had so many experiences with his help. I had my last piano lesson from a teacher when I was fourteen, so all the music I have learned from that time forward - many years, has been self- taught with the wonderful aid of my Heavenly Father. Seeing the look and appreciation on the youth's face when they successfully accompanied a vocal duet for the first time in their life, that is awesome, and knowing that their many prayers were answered.