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Hi I'm Ruanne

I'm a Mom, a Cub Scout leader and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay-at-home Mom with 11 children, 10 sons and 1 daughter, and a wonderful husband to whom I have been married for 35 years. All of my children are at least teenagers now, and over half are married so I am also Grammy to 12 grandchildren. I like to cook, read all kinds of books, collect rocks, camp and hike and I have been a Cub Scout leader for 20+ years.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was growing up my family did not attend any church, but I was allowed at age 7 to start going to a local protestant church with my friend and her family, who lived across the street. When my friend moved several years later I continued to attend with an older neighbor who also belonged to that church. During all the years I went there I never made any friends and felt like an outsider in my class, all of whom attended a different school than I, even though we had been in the same class for most of 7 years. I began to notice other discrepencies that bothered me. If tithing was 10% why were there so many $1 and $5 dollar bills in the offering plate? Why wasn't it full? The ladies especially seemed much more interested in their Easter than in honoring their Savior on that special day. One day I was expressing my frustrations to a friend from school. She invited me to come to her church with her and her family. The family part really interested me. I wanted to be at church with a family again, and it really couldn't be any worse than what I was currently doing, so I said yes. From the very first moment I felt as if I had come home. I felt like I belonged. People were bearing their testimonies and sharing how they lived their faith everyday, not just for show for a couple of hours each Sunday. I liked that. They were friendly, decent, sincere people who truly loved God. I came every week, and attended on youth night as well. After several months I was invited to talk with the missionaries and eagerly accepted. Everything they taught me felt true to me. In fact, it was as if I had always known these things but had never heard anyone say them out loud before. I was baptized the day after my 15th birthday and have continued to treasure my membership in the Lord's church ever since. Everything I have learned in the many years since then has strengthened my faith, increased my understanding of God's plan for me and helped me to be a better person, wife, and mother.

How I live my faith

My faith is most frequently demonstrated by service to others. Some of it is by assignment and some is because I offer on my own. By assignment over 20 years ago I began working in the Cub Scout pack sponsored by our congregation. Because I love it so I have continued after all my sons participated in the program and moved on to Boy Scouts and beyond. Also by assignment, I have 3 ladies I get to visit each month. It's called Visiting Teaching. When I visit we discuss a spirtually uplifting message and share our love for the Savior. I am there to help them when special needs arise, like packing to move, meals for their family when they're sick, a ride to an appointment, or just a shoulder to lean on. I have recently been invited to be a one-on-one teacher during the children's meeting time for a special needs boy who is overwhelmed being in a big room full of active children. Many things are done on a volunteer basis, such as teaching a cooking class on simple family meals at the ladies' meeting. I try to follow our prophet's counsel to be self-reliant and prepared for unforeseen future events. As I learn more about how to be prepared I share with my sisters, such as taking orders for 55 gallon containers for home water storage, then delivering the barrels to their homes, or teaching them how to gather a year's supply of basic foods that will sustain life, and then how to use those foods every day! Sometimes my chances to serve are as simple as calling a friend to tell her she was missed on Sunday, tending a sister's children so she can do her Visiting Teaching, or sending a note to thank someone who spoke in church. I am grateful to be given many opportunites to serve others and contribute to my ward.