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Hi I'm Ruth

I'm a mother, a wife, and a dentist. I am from Bolivia. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am from Bolivia. I've been living in the United States for nine years. I am married and have four children; my first daughter, Hannah, passed away shortly after birth. I attended dental school at the University of Minnesota and now I live just outside Washington DC.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church at age 17 in La Paz, Bolivia when a high school friend invited me to church. Before then I always believed in God but I felt that there was more to learn about Him. I also had a profound sense that I was special, that there was somethings special about me (and everyone). When I went to the Mormon church that first time, my friend's Sunday School teacher told us that as daughters of God we had divine potential, and that we could come to be like our Father in Heaven through Christ's sacrifice. This teaching matched what my heart had always told me, and I knew it was true. There was another thing that drew me to this religion. In the Bible it says "by their fruits ye shall know them." The people I met at church were kind, loving, and gave service without expecting anything in return. I was drawn to this; I wanted to be part of this community of people with such outstanding qualities. All my life I had sought to learn and act according to the best I found around me, and here I had found something perfect.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by studying the scriptures and seeking guidance on how I can become a better person, a better mother, a better dentist, a better companion. I try to improve one step at a time. Everything has its own time and season. Sometimes I focus on my dental skills, sometimes I am focused on being a better wife, and sometimes I just focus on being a better woman, on taking care of myself. I also try to give service. It never matters whether the recipient is a fellow Mormon or not. It makes me happy to go the extra mile for someone else. When my heart perceives that someone is sad, I like to give them a hug; I want them to feel that they are not alone. I also live my faith by caring for my parents. I love and respect them. And I do the same for my brothers, who helped raise me.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost is a member of the trinity or Godhead. He is a spiritual being. Our Heavenly Father uses the Holy Ghost to communicate with us. The Holy Ghost teaches us the truth of all things. As part of baptism, I received the gift of the Holy Ghost, meaning that the Holy Ghost will be my constant companion, so long as I stay worthy. Even before baptism, the Holy Ghost can speak to our hearts and minds, and tell us what things are true. After baptism the Holy Ghost descends on you, like it did with Christ when he was baptized. Show more Show less