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Hi I'm Renee

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Montana with my younger brother. My mom raised us mostly by herself since my dad was a semi truck drive and was generally out of the state. I had very little contact with religion as I grew up since my parents conflicted as to how we should be taught. I learned about the Mormons during and after my parents' divorce through friends I went to high school with. I love reading--especially fantasy, historical fiction and non-fiction ( I know, weird) books. I'm also really into genealogy work, which has brought me closer to my distant relatives that I haven't gotten to know very well. Right now, I'm a university student studying History. I would love to do professional genealogy someday. I am also a mom; my daughter is nearly nine months old. Every parent thinks their child is the cutest and I'm no exception. I am incredibly proud of her for all that she has learned about what her body can do and about the world around her.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Gospel gives me the greatest hope and peace in this mortal life. I can leave my home each day and know that should anything happen to me or to my husband or daughter, I can see them again and even be with them for forever after I die because of the covenants I have made with God. Of all the blessings He has given me, I think that this one is the greatest; I do not have to spend eternity all alone. I was not brought up LDS, but was introduced to the Church when I was 14. At the same time, I was an investigator at another church. While both taught their members to be like Christ, the LDS church truly wanted me as one of them. The fear of failing at keeping such an important covenant as baptism held me back (I had never made such a serious promise before) but Jesus Christ died so that I could overcome those mistakes; I was baptized in April 2005 and have not looked back. My testimony of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father, and the Gospel didn't come overnight, or through visions of angels, but piece by piece. Sometimes the pieces were so small that I didn't even realize I was collecting them: I know that God lives; I know that He loves each and every one of His children. I know He hears and answers our prayers. In time, I have come to more fully appreciate the healing power of Christ's Atonement and know that it is real. I believe that the scriptures are true -- the Old and New Testaments, the Book of Mormon, and modern-day revelation from the prophets. They not only bring comfort, but also guidance and encouragement to continue to live as best as I can. I do believe in prophets. I believe that Joseph Smith was the Prophet of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in these days and that Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet called of God to lead the Mormon church today. I have felt God's hand touch my life daily and know that without Him, I would have nothing in this life worth living for; I love Him for loving me before I even knew Him.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is a daily process for me. Although it's very important, going to church each week does not fill my 'quota' for religious work for the seven days. Each day I want to be a little kinder, a little more charitable than I was the day before. I can't be perfect now and so I know I always have room to improve and become more like Jesus Christ. I'm not very active socially (I'm really introverted), so I find that the service opportunities which make me happiest are helping someone else to smile; I can hold open doors, help pick up fallen books, or do the dishes without being asked. A service opportunity I have often had is to pick hymns for our women's meetings each Sunday. I have had the opportunity to try to invite the Holy Spirit into our meetings through the music, and hopefully God touched someone's life as they needed it. It's incredible how much influence music has in our lives; the hymns especially are like prayers to our Heavenly Father and I know He hears and answers them.