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Hi I'm Rita Sullivan

I grew up and live in northern Wisconsin. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ with all my heart. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I joined the church in 1975 while I was serving in the United States Army. It wasn't an easy choice for me but after many hours of prayer, the support of my husband, missionaries, and members I gained enough faith to know I should be baptized. I never looked back and that decision has made all of the difference in my life. I am married to a wonderful man, Terry and we have 3 daughters and 9 grandchildren. We are the only members in our whole family. Our lives are so blessed. We live close to our family and spend a lot of time together. We have a wonderful ward family. We have to depend on each other so much because there are so few of us in this area. I am the administrator for Mayo Clinic Health System Northland and I have been a nurse for many years. I love working in healthcare as a care giver and an administrator. I oversee the hospital, nursing home, assisted living, 5 medical clinics, and emergency and ambulance services for NW WI Region. I am an avid Green Bay Packer fan, I ride a Harley Davidson motorcycle, I love to travel, water ski, and quilt.

Why I am a Mormon

I remember very well when the missionaries taught me that I was a child of God and that He loved me. Before that I was afraid of God. I was afraid that I would do something wrong and that my soul would never be saved and I would never see my family again. I really had to pray about prophets on the earth today but then I thought if Heavenly Father had prophets on the earth before which he did, why wouldn't he do it again. From that point on I learned to pray and to listen to that still small voice. I had never really studied scriptures before, that was hard for me at first too but now I love the scriptures. I have depended on my church leaders and members of the church to be examples to me of how a good Latter Day Saint should live their life. I am so grateful to them. I have always believed in God and in Jesus Christ. My parents always made sure we went to church but the piece missing for me was the personal relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. To me, that relationship is the most important relationship in my life and it has enhanced my relationship with my husband, children, family, and friends. I finally felt like I was worth something, that I was truly valued as a child of God. With that knowledge I have had the courage to learn to give talks and lessons, go to school, grow in my career and in everything I have ever tried to do. I am so grateful for the faith and believe that our family is eternal and that we will continue to grow in our life to come. It makes this life mean so much more.

How I live my faith

I have spent most of my church life working with the youth. I was in the Young Women's program at the local and stake level for over 20 years. As part of the Duluth MN stake we traveled to 2 countries and 3 states to serve the young women. I am now the Primary President in the Oakdale Minnesota Stake and work with young children and leaders in 2 states. My husband and I try to attend the Temple every month. We are now blessed with a Temple only 2 hours away. We work hard on our genealogy because our immediate family members are the only members in our extended family to do the work right now. Our small ward serves a large geographic area in Northern WI. Some of our members drive over 60 miles for church. We are fortunate because we chose to live in Barron where the church is and have been blessed to always have good employment and friends here. In a small unit you sometimes wear several hats but that has been such a blessing. I truly believe that many of the skills I have for my position at work were greatly strengthened by the opportunities I have had to serve in our Ward. I have so many opportunities to bear my testimony and show how much the gospel means to me in my every day life because everyone knows I'm a Mormon. People watch, ask questions, and frequently come to me when they have a concerns. At times this is challenging but I know it has helped my testimony grow.