Today was Ruth's last day in Irvine Ward before she leaves for her mission in England Manchester on Wednesday. We were truly blessed by the presence of Ruth's institute teachers from 2013-14,and 2014 and the YSA Missionary's who came especially to here her going away talk.
Ruth's Farewell Talk
Good morning brother and sister today I am going to talk about the power of examples my family is everything I am.
my mum is a crazy ,fun, planner, not words that usually words that make a sentence but my mum has taught me the truth about service though operation nice, secrete Santa , secrete agents, knock, knock leave a present and run away and many other games I can remember though out my childhood I loved hearing whispers “someone left this at my door “ lots of other family’s played this came too. Though these games my mum taught me to love everybody, to always look for opportunities to serve she taught me though her example to study the scriptures by acted them out or listening to them I would see her every night with her scriptures reading the marking them loving her time with her impotent treasure and now my scriptures are my treasures though my mum I have knowledge of the scriptures and a willingness to serve because of mum I want to go on a mission.
My dad is a strong, brave creative Viking who is also an amazing example to me not only can he make a whole armoury by hand but he was strong when told he had a tumour and when he felt weak he turn to the temple I have witness dad go through chemo and many other tests I have watch him fight to keep his job and still have time to play with my brother sister and me. Many people went through similar trials and they hit rock bottom and couldn’t find the strength to stand but my dad did for as long as I can remember my dad has been there by my side I never really thought of how hard he works to provide for us yet still be the best dad in the world. His bravery to face trails unflinching helped give me courage to rise above limitations too I have a higher English that because of my dyslexia as told my many was out of my reach and was too hard for me my dad taught me that when someone says you can’t do it my answer should be you watch me. I know going on a mission will be very hard in more ways than one but I will follow my dad’s example and be strong, brave, and creative and I can survive a mission even if I live on tomatoes sauce sandwiches just like him.
My brother and sister are energetic, inspiring and talented Hanna has always be very quick and witty but she has the most mature in our whole family she collects inspiring messages and she even writes some of her own one of my favourites is “I am no princess I don’t need saving I am a queen and I got this handle” I love this it’s just Hanna she encourages me to be the queen I may be someday today. Adam is so jumpy nothing seem to slow him down he is a boy with a purpose and he will have successes he is always diligent and give 110% and then some more I know of no time when he has falling short of his duty and despite his small size he is a spiritual giant he pushes me to be dedicated to mu saviour to do my duty With a smile to put my shoulder to the wheel.
My granny sodden is another example to me she has shown the strength to stand alone being the only one to remain strong in the gospel out of her parents and brothers and sisters it is thanks to her I am a fourth generation in the church because of her three generation of women meet at the temple and felt the presence of the fourth standing with us even with a husband outside the church she remain faithful and constantly strengths us
Over the years I have had many wonderful teachers and leaders some of you are here thank you all for sharing your testimony thank for your example to me thank you for sharing your knowledge of the saviour because of your kindness your wisdom and friendship over the years I want to follow your example and teach the knowledge and testimony I have gained.
In Timothy, we are admonished to be an example of the believers. (See 1 Tim. 4:12.) A believer is someone who follows and knows the teachings of Christ not only in his mind but also in his heart and whose actions are a witness of that belief. It isn’t easy to be an example of the believers. We don’t usually wake up in the morning and say, “Today I’m going to be an example of the believers!” Yet we can say, “Today I will be kind and thoughtful, or considerate, or honest, or whatever quality I need to work on.” And then we will try hard all day to make a conscious effort to do so. That we can do! We can live in such a way that people can look to us as their examples. To be a good example of a principle, we must not only understand it but we must live that principle. It should become such a part of our everyday living that without consciously thinking about it, the principle is reflected in the way we live. To be true examples of believers, we are first committed inwardly to the principle of Christ that our actions reflect. For example, if we are dedicated to the principle of family prayer, we as parents pray regularly with our family. Hopefully, our children will recognize our devotion and dependence on prayer and pattern their prayers after this example. The song “Love Is Spoken Here” shows the strength of a mother’s prayer as seen by her child.
I see my mother kneeling with our family each day.
I hear the words she whispers as she bows her head to pray.
Her plea to the Father quiets all my fears,
And I am thankful love is spoken here
Our beloved prophet, Ezra Taft Benson, a living example of the believers, said, “The proper example is all-important. Let us be what we profess to be. There is no satisfactory substitute.” (Improvement Era, Aug. 1948, p. 494; italics added.)We can always feel secure in looking to Christ as our perfect example. He showed us by his own life not only what we should do, but also what we are to become. “Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.” (3 Ne. 27:27.)Jesus resisted temptations. He treated all equally. He was patient in his teaching yet bold in his condemnation of evil. He forgave the repentant, healed the sick, and served without ceasing. Among the Nephites, Christ taught many beautiful gospel principles. He instructed them to follow the commandments so they could be happy. He commanded them not to argue or fight but love one another. He taught them how to pray and said, “Behold I am the light; I have set an example for you.” (3 Ne. 18:16.)Above all, Jesus was the perfect example
I am grateful for all the examples in my life many I have not mention that are close to my heart one of which is the prophets I know that no man or women is prefect especially not me we all make mistakes but that doesn’t mean the gospel is wrong I know that this is the true church I asked now know for myself I know it’s hard to be an example but that is what we agreed to be at baptism to stand as a witness at all times in all places to take his name upon us. He will to do so every member wears a badge with the saviour name upon it just like the missionaries let us strive to have the saviour in our countenance let’s not be ashamed to be different let us not be ashamed of our saviour this world has slipped into a moral blackness but as James E foust said valuable diamonds shine brighter against a dark background. I love this gospel I love my saviour and I hope and pray I can be a worthy example of the believers in the name of Jesus Christ amen.