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Hi I'm Rita

I grew up in New Zealand. I have 6 children, 28 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. I am a Mormon

About Me

I am retired and have enjoyed a life rich with varied experiences. After leaving High School back in 1963, I attended the local University but got married before I was able to complete my degree. After having my 6 children,and in my mid forties, I returned to University to complete a Bachelor of Education. My fourth child has cerebral palsy and much of my life has centred on his needs as he has grown up. He currently lives independently from us but I am still his primary caregiver as he is not eligible for care here in Australia.Our last child was born in Kahuku Hospital, Hawaii. My husband was a student at BYU-Hawaii Campus from 1973-1980. We arrived in Hawaii with 5 children aged 7 and under, and returned home to New Zealand with 6 children.

Why I am a Mormon

When the Missionaries taught the gospel lessons to my older sister and I, we had different reactions. I believed everything they taught us, so I was surprised when my sister confided in me that she didn't believe one word of it. I now realise that my spirit recognised and was receptive to the truth, whereas her experience was not the same as mine. Even today she admits that she doesn't believe in God and actually envies the fact that I have faith that there is a God. Whatever was the reason for my easy acceptance of the truth, I will be eternally grateful for it. For me this church that I am a member of, is truly Jesus Christ's Church here on earth. It was restored after hundreds of years of spiritual darkness, by Joseph Smith, who was to become the Prophet of the restoration.Revelation was now returned to the earth, and God spoke again with a Prophet. There is no doubt in my mind that a 14 year old, Joseph Smith, saw God the Father and his son Jesus Christ in that sacred grove of trees. The rest is history.We now have the Priesthood of God restored to the earth along with all the sacred ordinances that God decreed should be carried out, before we could return to live with him again in the next life. I have chosen all of this to be my way of life and it has given me a great sense of purpose and happiness in my life.

How I live my faith

I was baptised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at the age of 14 and since then have been an active member, marrying in the New Zealand Temple in 1965. I have enjoyed serving in a variety of ways within our church for over 50 years. Working with all age groups at different times, ranging from little 'Nursery' aged toddlers through to adult women, has helped my personal growth in ways I would never have imagined. Giving such unpaid service is both enriching and gratifying, and I totally agree with our belief that when we are in the service of our fellow beings, we are indeed in the service of our God. I have also enjoyed working in the community providing some services as needed. I grew up in a home where my father was a heavy drinker, and smoking was the norm for both parents.They were not active church goers, in fact my Dad proclaimed himself to be an atheist. I've appreciated the benefits of raising a family in a way that has excluded this kind of living. Although I do appreciate and love my parents, I have chosen a different path for my family. It is not a guarantee that everything will be perfect (far from it!) but I feel the direction and purpose that our family oriented church has given us, has been invaluable. I believe that we will 'live again' after death, and be able to enjoy living into the eternities in a perfect resurrected body. This has been made possible only through the atonement of Jesus Christ, and he has my undying gratitude for that act of love towards everyone who has ever lived, or will ever live on this earth.

In whom should we have faith?

Having faith that God the Father, and God the Son are real, is the first step necessary on the path to return to live with them again. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Yes we Mormons do believe in equality of men and women. Many say that because only the men can hold the Priesthood then we must have unequal rights. I have never heard anyone complain or cry 'inequality' because only women can give birth to children, making them co creators with God. We just have different roles, and that's the way God created us. Just as men share the parenthood of a child with their wives, wives of priesthood holders share in the blessings of the priesthood with their husbands. Show more Show less