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Hi I'm Rick Ruth

I'm from northern Illiniois, married, a dad, an accountant (CPA), graduated from Winona State; and I'm a Morman.

About Me

I grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and have been a Christian all my life. I met my wife while going to college in Winona, MN and we currently have three children (two are twins). I have a degree in accounting and my wife has her degree in teaching. We were married Catholic, and belonged to the Lutheran church for most of our marriage. Currently, I'm a controller (CPA) and my wife takes care of the kids and our home. We love camping, hiking and anything involved with the outdoors. Overall, I have a wonderful family that enjoys spending time together and laughing!

Why I am a Mormon

While at the Lutheran Church I struggled with three beliefs: (1) the Trinity; the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one in the same, (2) baptism for babies who don't have a knowledge of the gospel or Christ or their own sin, and (3) the belief that if while here on Earth you have "not" been exposed to the gospel of Christ, the you will not go to heaven (i.e., a native woman from a foreign third world country is never exposed to the gospel Christ, lives a life of charity and love, always doing the things Christ instructs without knowing it; but when she dies she will not go to heaven?). All of these questions and much more were answered by the LDS Missionaries. I made my decision to join the LDS Church because of the answers received, but more importantly after meeting the members of the LDS Church ("Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them" Matthew 7:20). In addition, I fasted and prayed for an answer to the question if Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, and a sudden feeling came over me to look in my dad's bible (who passed away a year earlier), and this was not my own feeling and I had many bibles more conveniently available to choose from. But I searched for my dad's bible and found a string marking a page at 1 Corinthians 14 that spoke towards the gift of prophesy. I went to my life application bible that further noted this chapter on the fact that God provides prophets to build and edify his Church. Given the fact of the size of the Church and the fruit of its members, it was evident without a doubt that God was telling me that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of his Church; and if Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God then the Book of Mormon is a true scripture of God an another testament of Jesus Christ. Because of this I am a Mormon and know the LDS Church is true, and ask anyone who believes in Jesus Christ to invite the LDS Missionaries into their home and discover the blessings God has for you.

How I live my faith

The LDS Church is Christianity in action. Our Savior doesn't just ask us to think and talk in accordance to the gospel, but to be living and active with everyone around us. Our church is always looking for opportunities to serve other members, non-members, and other community activities. When I first joined the church I needed to move to another home, and was shocked by how many members came to help multiple days packing, moving and setting up. In addition, members brought pre-cooked meals and watched over our kids to help during the transition. I felt so fortunate that I decided to volunteer for every subsequent moving opportunity, and several came up during the following year. It was after I served and helped others (like they helped me) that I realized that this is what being a Christian is about. I felt a positive spirit building within in me, and saw first had blessing in my own home that could only have come from the Lord's divine intervention. Being a member of the LDS Church is truly a blessing to me.