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Hi I'm Ramelda

I am an Assyrian, chartered quality professional, exotic animal keeper and wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My first degree is in civil engineering. I then went on to get an MEng in business management and an MSc in quality. Later, I wanted a broader base so studied marketing, finance, law, rugby refereeing and sports science. I fell in love with Rugby Union and coached in performance psychology and weight management. My work has taken me to many industries: ergonomics, metrology, precision manufacturing, aerospace, automotive and IT. I love my work. I spent some years caring for my elderly parents (which is very good for making you sit at home and study for thoese exams, by the way!). It was very challenging, but I have grown much through it. Towards the end of that period I got into fitness and went from a size 16 to a size 10. I did weight training and taught myself how to ride a bike. In October 2011 I met a new colleague at work. We became engaged the following April and married in September 2012. He is the Love of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 6 years old, my older sister told me about the stars and how old and distant they were. I remember looking up at them and knowing deep in my heart that my real self was not 6 years old, but as old as the stars. When the Church missionaries visited my family 4 years later and told me about pre-mortal life (when our spirit was with Heavenly Father before we were born), I knew exactly what they were saying. The more I heard about the Gospel, the more comfortable and even obvious it became. That was nearly 34 years ago. Since then I have grown closer to my Heavenly Father, found out more about his nature and have benefitted from seeking his guidance in my daily life. My thirst for knowledge and skills acquisition has increased and sometimes it feels that my happiness can know no bounds. Most of all, I love the Gospel for its teachings regarding the family and I hope to be a better daughter, sister and wife. I know that as I serve others, I feel closer to the Father of all and it is this closeness that increases my love for life. As Jesus said, he came here so that we can have a more abundant life. I have found the way to do that.

How I live my faith

I attend Church every Sunday and take the sacrament, but my faith is lived through helping others. I organise the women of the Church visiting each other in order to minister to family needs. Our ministry is unpaid and much of the actual practical day-to-day ministry and help is done by women, formally organised in this way. I also help people prepare their CV, apply for work and get job interview practice. We run workshops on career choice and self-employment. I find praying invaluable when it comes to leading a busy life. In the morning, I pray about the things I need to achieve and at night I reflect on my successes and failures, ready to do better the following day. The less time I have to fit in my tasks, the more I need to take time to pray and obtain guidance. We normally fast once a month by not eating for 24 hours and donate the money saved to those who have need of food, clean water and other basic necessities.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Ramelda
There are no specific customs or celebrations. We ask that those attending Church meetings do so in modest and clean clothing. We join other Christians in celebrating Christmas on 25 December and mark Easter in ways that are appropriate and in line with the culture of whatever land Church members happen to be in. Additionally, we respect local cultures, laws and norms. For example, in England, we would celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, new homes etc. and join in national and sporting celebrations should we wish to do so. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Ramelda
No. We worship God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. No other being is worthy of worship. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Ramelda
Fantastic! I love attending Church and learning more about the Gospel. In many ways, being a Mormon is like being an eternal student- always learning and questioning everything that goes on around me. We are heavily encouraged to learn and be competent in all disciplines we can. We are encouraged to train ourselves to work in different jobs and develop different skills. Wholesome rereational activites such as sport are also encouraged. If you want someone to help you learn a skill or become knowledgeable in something, just ask a Mormon! Personally, I think that not having a paid ministry also helps in the absolute equality we share. Show more Show less