These are appropriate questions for a woman so sure of her convictions, a woman so pious in her views, so moralistic, so certain of the "family values" that are best for everyone that it makes some people want to scream.

"Is there anything you haven't figured out?""Is there anything you aren't sure of? Any decision that keeps you up at night? Any concern to which you wonder: I'm not sure what's right?"

Gayle Ruzicka, president of the conservative Utah Eagle Forum, pauses at the questions for a split second, then answers, "No, not really.

"I can't think of anything that falls into that category, because before I get involved on an issue, I get on my knees and check it out."

She talks to God and consults with the religious scriptures she carries at all times.

Therein, she says, lie all the answers.

Therein lies the reason why lesbian Wendy Weaver cannot remain a teacher and coach at Spanish Fork High School in the Nebo School District.

Why dancers at LeMar's Nightclub in Provo must not be allowed to wear "pasties" and thong underwear but should have the more modest bikini-style attire.

Why she must warn any homosexuals she meets about their "dangerous, immoral lifestyles" and how their lifestyle choices are sure to lead to an early death and a damned eternity.

Why Utah citizens must be warned about pornography and how to protect their children and families from its evils.

Why the Salt Lake City Council can never add sexual orientation to the list of factors protected from discrimination in city hiring practices.

It is with these convictions that the 55-year-old Ruzicka runs her life, her 14-member family and a statewide network of like-minded conservatives that makes many Utah lawmakers tremble.

Ruzicka has been busy in recent weeks with a variety of issues, lobbying against LeMar's, Weaver and Salt Lake City's anti-discrimination rule.

But she is really gearing up now - doing research and fertilizing the Utah Eagle Forum telephone tree for this year's Utah Legislature.

She will be at the Utah Capitol nearly full time during the session, cellular phone glued to her ear, racking up bills that averaged $400 to $500 per month in past years. Eagle Forum members will crowd together in the House and Senate galleries, watching lawmaker comments and waiting for issues of interest.

And if things get tight, the telephone tree - with member callers estimated to be in the thousands - is ever ready.

One lawmaker who found himself on the wrong end of an Eagle Forum issue received 20 to 30 calls in one night from members who'd been encouraged to call him and had been given his home number.

"I don't take them to lunch. I don't buy them Jazz tickets, but I do represent a large, statewide organization with a very large telephone tree and they know the people involved in that telephone tree are going to talk."

She doesn't strong-arm lawmakers or use aggressive tactics. Yet legislators say privately they know she's watching, and that there is the perception Ruzicka and her colleagues will go after elected officials who don't vote her way.

Does she put the screws to lawmakers? Does she threaten to unseat them?

"We've never, ever talked like that. We don't have to," she said. "It's not my place to threaten someone, although we do get involved if someone isn't meeting the needs of the people.

"Some people call that a threat, but that's not a threat. That's government."

Under the Eagle Forum microscope for the legislative session that begins Jan. 19 are the following issues:

- Charter schools: "We have some real concerns about charter schools, and why there are better ways to solve educational problems."

- Welfare-reform legislation to define how Utah will use federal block grants: "It includes abortion services for rape and incest. We hope they'll realize that certainly isn't appropriate."

- "Pasties" to bikinis: "We want legislation to make it illegal to have nude-dancing clubs in Utah. We'd like to at least see the bikini standard in place.

- Insurance payment for contraceptives: "It is not appropriate for the government to tell a private insurance company what they have to cover.

"They're trying to do this on the basis of discrimination of women," Ruzicka said. "I guess if we're going to do that we should talk about discrimination of men . . .."

It is discussion like this that makes Ruzicka one of the most recognized, most quoted conservatives in the state - and one of the most detested.

Letters to the editor in local papers frequently refer to Ruzicka's actions. People who offer staunch, conservative beliefs are referred to as "Gayle Ruzicka clones." In the past four weeks, writers have called her a "bigot," a "fanatic," a "radical extremist" and a "zealot."

In a recently printed letter, Kent Price of Salt Lake City wrote of the "costly takeover of the (Republican) party by Gayle Ruzicka and (Sen.) Craig Taylor (R-Kaysville)." The two have "wasted taxpayer's money year after year in an attempt to push their narrow, moralist agenda down our throats."

Bully, Ruzicka says.

"We consider ourselves family advocates," she said. "We don't talk about women's rights or children's rights because what's best for the family is what's best for all of them."

The women's rights movement, in her view, has been nothing but trouble. In fact, the national Eagle Forum group formed in 1972 to fight efforts to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. That's when Ruzicka says she knew she had to get involved.

Who would think that one of the most powerful and conservative citizen activists in the state has a pair of Democrats to thank for her political start?

Growing up near Boise, Idaho, Ruzicka remembers sitting around the table with her folks - both Democrats - talking politics. Her dad was president of the railroad union, and the family talked about work concerns and union activities.

From these roots, it never occurred to Ruzicka that she shouldn't stand up, speak out, make a statement about what she felt was right and wrong or who she thought should be in office. She did recognize early that she was more conservative than her mom and dad.

She certainly has spoken up.

She goes straight to the Gov. Mike Leavitt if she has a concern about education. She attends meetings of the Utah Board of Education, gathering her flocks of followers in the halls and instructing them.

All the while, she walks her talk of family orientation. Through the years she and her colleagues have led a passel of children to the rallies, press conferences and meetings they attend.

And she won't apologize.

"If I'm going to go out and fight for family values, I can't leave my family at home."

While politics do demand her time, she is careful to point out her home office, where she can work near the five children still at home of the 12 children she mothered. She home-schools the children and instills her values in them.

"I always say if they don't accomplish a lot more than I've accomplished, then I have failed."

Her children - six girls and six boys - already have done that, she says.

Her husband, Don, also an Eagle Forum activist, is at the top of her list of heroes.

Beginning last June, Don Ruzicka and several other Utah County conservatives started a movement within the state Republican Party that will watch GOP candidates and officeholders to see if they vote and talk the conservative line.

Besides Don Ruzicka, her list of heroes includes LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley, anti-ERA activist and national Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schafly, the biblical heroine Esther, Joan of Arc, and Ruzicka's mother, 85-year-old Edna Clark, who lives with the family.

"Esther, she saved a nation, and Joan of Arc, she laid her life down for what she believed in. I tell my children they should aspire to be Esther or Joan of Arc. What more could God ask from them?"

Isn't that a lot of pressure?

"I hope so," Ruzicka answered. "We came to Earth to have a purpose. I think there needs to be expectations. They need to know they need to defend their family and their country and what they believe in."