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Hi I'm Ruth Panizzi

I grew up in the South of England and am a Mormon with. I now live in Chorley, near the beautiful Preston Temple.

About Me

I am a mother of four children who have all flown the nest - two sons and two daughters - and 6 beautiful granddaughters. I work for an IT company as a telemarketer - a profession I have always had since I first starting working. I have been involved in many varied types of products with my telesales; advertising, plumbing supplies, embroidered workwear, audio visual products - and now IT! I love music - in fact it would be fair to say that music is my life. Music speaks to my soul in a way that nothing else can, and I find so much joy and comfort in it. I sing, and I play the piano - and both of these give me great pleasure. When I lose myself in playing the piano, I feel the everyday stresses and strains of life ebbing away. I am learning Spanish at the moment - just because I really like the language - once I have achieved that, I'm going to try to learn Italian. I suppose you would call me creative - I love writing poetry, I like reading too - and walking - and talking! There is nothing like good conversation with friends and loved ones. I am married to a wonderful man who is kind and gentle - and we enjoy life with a quieter empty nest, although are both deeply devoted to our family. As I have got older, I have developed a deeper appreciation of the countryside and love being outdoors. I also LOVE the ocean - and running water - I find it soothing and quieting - helps me think clearer!! My dream is to live by the sea someday...

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Well, for me, it just feels so right - I love the way it makes me feel. Like most people, I have had some very traumatic times in my life. Right now I am working on dealing with some very deep trauma from my past, and I take such comfort from knowing that the Lord loves me, knows my inner struggles and is there for me. The Mormon Gospel gives me that knowledge, and I have developed a deep and abiding testimony of it, and of the Saviour's atonement, through studying the Book of Mormon and other gospel doctrine and lessons. I believe with all my heart that we will be healed and made whole from whatever life has thrown at us. As Mormons, we believe that families can be together forever - and I just feel this is wonderful. All the love we have for our families is never wasted, but to know that I can have my husband as my eternal companion, and will be with my parents, my children, forever.... well, that is priceless to me. I have had so many witnesses of my Heavenly Father and my Saviour's love for me, and I am so grateful that missionaries knocked on my Mother's door when I was 8 years old. I was not always active in the church - I left for 20 years - but when I came back, my testimony was still there and I have developed a deeper gratitude for the Saviour's atonement - as I had done things I wasn't proud of. But through repentance, and HIS love, I am now in such a happy and fulfilled place - I just want to share it with everyone. The church gives me a sense of peace, hope, love - and light. The spirit I feel when I am there on a Sunday renews all of this for another week - and there is so much peace in the temple. I love the Gospel, and there is nowhere else I would rather be.

How I live my faith

I belong to the Chorley 1st ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am organist for the ward - which is nerve wracking sometimes, but I LOVE to play the louder hymns and get the congregation to have to sing over me! I love to sing in church choirs, and I also play the piano for them sometimes. Being involved in church music brings me so much joy - just love it. I also teach Sunday School to a group of younger children aged 4-7. They are such beautiful young spirits, and always eager to learn and give answers to questions! Their faith in the Saviour always touches me, and I often think I learn more from them than they do from me.... One of the other things I am involved in is called Visiting Teaching. This is where the sisters of the church look after 3 or 4 other sisters, just keeping in touch with them every month and making sure they are OK and seeing if they need anything. This is a wonderful programme, as we all need that extra looking after now and again - and I have forged some very special friendships from being involved.