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Hi I'm RuthAnn.

I'm a Mormon and I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. I'm forever in His debt and love to serve others to show Him my deep gratitude.

About Me

I'm a very happy and grateful wife, mother and grandmother, thanks to Christ's restored gospel in my life! I deeply love Jesus Christ and His beautiful gospel. This has brought me MUCH joy, peace and many, many blessings. I feel very indebted to our Savior for all he has done for me. One of my favorite things is to help people in need. I also like children, teaching, sewing, organizing things, working on the computer, office work, most table games, and jigsaw puzzles. I like to be friendly and to live life with a positive attitude. When I was younger and my health was better, I loved being physically active and participated in many different sports. Now, I especially enjoy visiting with, and serving family, neighbors and friends. I'm thankful I can serve locally in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by working with supervisors to see if all female members of our congregation are visited each month by those assigned to teach and tend to their individual needs. I'm grateful to have sufficient health to do these things most of the time and look forward to the time when I can once again enjoy full health and strength which will enable me to serve in larger-scope and longer-term opportunities to help spread the joy and good news to those who haven't discovered Christ's Gospel as taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, first, because I was fortunate enough to have been born to parents who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints; but I want to make it VERY CLEAR that that was only a beginning for me. When I was baptized at age eight and received the sacred gift of the Holy Ghost, I had a profound spiritual awakening experience which I'll NEVER forget! I felt God's warmth and love surging throughout my entire body. I knew personally that nothing but the power of God could touch me so deeply and overwhelmingly. At age 13, I felt a strong need to know for myself that "The Book of Mormon" was true and from God. After reading it completely and with this sincere intent, I did as Moroni 10:4 directs; I asked God to reveal to me its truthfulness. Through the power of the Holy Ghost He made it very clear to me that it is true and that it was brought forth in this last dispensation of the earth through His Almighty power. I use verse 5 constantly in my life which says, "by the power of the Holy Ghost you may know the truth of all things." There's so much in this world to deceive and lead us away from God toward unhappiness, doubt and fear, that I seek His help daily to stay on His gospel path. To me, the teachings of Christ, as taught by The Church, are very tangible even though they are abstract concepts. Every day I feel the influence of God in my life as I strive to live as taught by our Savior, Jesus Christ. God's power is plainly and powerfully manifest to me continually through the ordinances of the priesthood as restored through Joseph Smith and taught by Christ's Church today, even The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I look forward to the day when I can kneel at Christ's feet to thank Him for the tremendous privilege and blessing He's provided to me and my family to be members of His Church and Kingdom! I love Him with all my heart and want to do all I can to share His truths, happiness, peace and security with everyone I meet!

How I live my faith

I've made serious covenants with God which I strive to always honor; I renew them weekly by partaking of the sacrament at church on Sundays and by regularly going to the temple. My happiness and peace depend on doing these things and on being honest, morally clean, paying a full tithe, listening to edifying and sacred music, dressing modestly, and having personal and family prayer daily and regularly studying the prophets words, both ancient and modern through reading/studying the scriptures and general conference talks. Living in this world of constant commotion, contention, negativity, immorality and crime requires constant vigilance to resist the many temptations thrown at us from every angle throughout each day. I don't believe in living with my "head in the sand," so I try to stay up-to-date on significant world and local events; but as I do this I also strive to keep my life balanced by doing spiritually edifying things to help me keep an eternal perspective and help me remember that I am a literal daughter of our Father in Heaven. I depend heavily upon promptings, inspiration and guidance which I receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost. I am extremely grateful to have received that gift following my baptism. I'm also very grateful for all the restored priesthood ordinances which help protect me and others in society.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

RuthAnn.
I not only believe it, I KNOW IT! Throughout my 61 years, I've always listened to the current living prophet of God. Why would God provide prophets for His children in ancient times and not for those living today? I believe we need that guidance even more than those who lived anciently because Satan is working harder today to destroy anything that comes from, or is approved of by God. More than 20 years ago the current prophet shared with members of the LDS church, "The Family: A Proclamation to the World." Through the years since then, I've personally seen it's prophetic truths apply over and over again to various attacks against the traditional family unit. As the world tries to justify its sins and redefine what constitutes a "family," the truths found in this priceless document apply now more than ever. This is only one example of how a modern-day prophet has blessed God's children on earth in this dispensation. Here's another example I'd like to share. In 1989 I had the tremendous privilege of meeting one-on-one, face-to-face with one of the Twelve Apostles, Elder Russell M. Nelson. He is now currently in the position to become The Church's next prophet, and I can testify with absolute certainty that he is a man of God chosen to lead in our day. As I shared with him my concerns regarding a rare illness I had that was inhibiting my ability to serve in The Church at that time, he assured me all would be well; and within 12 hours I was completely healed of that illness! Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

RuthAnn.
Definitely not! All people throughout the world are children of God and should be treated like Jesus Christ, himself, would treat them: with love, respect and kindness. I have personally loved and befriended many different types of people: those who are physically and/or mentally ill, homeless, addicted to serious substances, down-trodden, weak, or injured; I've personally helped those with no religious affiliation, strong religious beliefs which differ from my own, no belief in any Higher Power, those of different races, from various countries, etc. All humans have the same basic needs to be loved, cared for, needed and respected. Another way that my husband and I have found to help the needy whom we don't personally know is to donate generously each month to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints beyond our 10% tithe; we know that this provides for others' needs--regardless of who they are, what they believe or where they live, and that makes us feel good. Show more Show less