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Hi I'm Elder Ruby

I am serving in the California Ventura Mission. I like to run, draw, learn, and laugh. I love being a Missionary

About Me

I finished my senior year in high school, and now I am serving a two year proselyting mission in the Great California Ventura Mission. I am fortunate to have been given talents in art, from my Heavenly Father. I like to draw, paint, run, cook, dance, play card games, and spend time with my family. I enjoy working on our family-owned farm and ranch. We raise cattle, sheep, and alfalfa hay on a total property size of 35,000 acres or so. I am the son of the local surgeon in my hometown, who has a long line of faithful members on his mom's side, while his father was the first in his family to convert to the church. My mother is the first and only member of her family to have joined the church on her side. But, despite not having grown up in a greatly religious home herself, my mother has made it a point to teach me and my siblings the doctrines of Christ. I've grown up moving around often. My father's training to become a surgeon took our family around the country. I've lived in Seatle, WA, Boise, ID, Pocatello, ID, LaCrosse, WI, and now live in Wyoming again. What has always been constant throughout our travels is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The people are exceptionally friendly and love to serve; the doctrine never changes no matter where we go; and we have instant family (ward family that is) even when our biological family is miles away.

Why I am a Mormon

The first reason that I am a Mormon is, well. . . because I was born to parents that based their lives and my life around the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The second and more important reason is because I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to be true. Time after time my prayers have been answered, not always the way I thought they would or the way that I wanted them. Time after time the principles I was taught have been confirmed by the Holy Ghost by a burning in my chest or through peace and comfort that come after searching for an answer and having it revealed to me. Time after time the teachings just make sense. I am a Mormon because I love the joy it brings when I do service with the youth of the church. I know that only the teachings of Jesus Christ and obedience to God's laws will bring true happiness. I am a Mormon because I want my family to be an eternal family: one that is sealed together for time and all eternity by the proper authority. I enjoy the standards of the church and I know they will never change because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. To have something that I know will stand firm in this changing society is a great strength to me. I am a Mormon because I have gained testimony from the spirit that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. He did what he said he did. I know the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and holds the fulness of His gospel. I am a Mormon. I know it. I live it. I love it.

How I live my faith

As a missionary I live my faith by sharing what I know to be true. Of course, it's not easy, but going on a mission has been something that I've looked forward to for as long as I can remember. My purpose as a missionary is merely to invite and help others to "come unto Christ." My role is not to convince or persuade people to believe what I say. Instead, I am called to testify of restored truths of which the hearer must ask God for himself or herself if they are true. We, as missionaries, are guides on the path back to Heavenly Father. Don't get me wrong. We are definitely persistent and bold, but we do so out of love and a sincere desire for the welfare of souls. This reminds me of a revelation given to the prophet, Joseph Smith. The Lord is speaking to the missionaries when he says "Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God; For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him. And he hath risen again from the dead, that he might bring all men unto him, on conditions of repentance. And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth! Wherefore, you are called to cry repentance unto this people. And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!" (Doctrine and Covenants 18:10-16) It brings me so much joy to see the changes that others make in their lives because of their growing testimonies in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. And I am happier as I strive to improve by being more obedient to God's commandments. I know this church to be true and the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Elder Ruby
We believe that all people are spiritual children of God, our Heavenly Father. Like any father, He wants His children to become like Him. When I think of God, I think of an exalted being of flesh and blood who has all knowledge and power. He is the image of everything good and He demonstrates an amazing amount of love to his children: us. If we were to become like Him, then we would need to be given a body in order to experience both pain and remorse, and to also to receive joy and knowledge. That knowledge would come from choosing between good and evil, realizing that we are most happy when we do the right thing. We have a saying: "Choose the Right." It reminds us that every time that we choose the right, we get closer to being like Heavenly Father. He then blesses us with more knowledge because of our obedience to His commandments. Bad choices, which we all make (me included), set us back and distract us from advancing on our "journey" to God's presence. Life is a constant battle against evil, and a grounds whereupon we work toward becoming the kind of people that God intended us to be. A large part of our role on earth is also to build our family. The Family is ordained of God and he wants us to raise children of our own. Only after I have become a father, can I understand a portion of what it is like for our Heavenly Father to love us, His children. The family is where we learn, grow, teach, love, laugh, cry, support, and share. This is our purpose in life. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Elder Ruby
I would like to first ask that you pause and think to yourself "If someone had broken a rule that you had set, what would you expect them to do to set everything right?" Like any good thing in life, we have to put forth effort in order to receive it. We can't expect that dinner will cook itself (even if we do go through the drive-through to get it). A broken toy won't get fixed unless we glue it, or tape it, back together. An argument will not be resolved unless we make an effort to come to an agreement with the other person. Every time we make a wrong choice, we frustrate the laws of God. When we break a law of the land, like speeding in a school zone, there is a consequence: a fine. When we break God's laws, there is a consequence: a "price". We repent of our mistakes by acknowledging our sin, expressing our desire to change our ways, and then commit to never doing that same mistake again. The way I view grace is that my Savior, who loved me (and still loves me) "paid the price" for me, and all the world, to be forgiven of our sins. However, this grace is not an "all-season pass" for sins. What I mean is, repentance requires a change of heart. Christ's grace is for those who do all that they can to become better, and it is not to be used as a safe-haven for sins that we knowingly commit and then expect to be saved by just "calling upon His grace." As the Book of Mormon prophet wrote in 2 Nephi 25:23 ". . . we know that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do." Show more Show less