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Hi I'm Rhea

I grew up without religion. I love the Spirit that now fills my home. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Throughout my life, I've had an interest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents do not believe in organized religion, so it was difficult as a child and young adult to attend church meetings and fulfill my desire to know my Heavenly Father. As a young unwed mother in 2001, I stumbled upon the Mesa Arizona Temple with my boyfriend and our child while we were looking for Pioneer Park. We entered the visitor center and I was drawn toward the large Christus statue. I fell to my knees in tears of joy as I was overwhelmed with love and a sense belonging. Over the next year and a half, I took the discussions three times, stopping just before scheduling my baptism. I knew I wasn't ready to make that commitment in my current situation. Another year passed bringing a change in my life. I'd moved closer to home and was now a single mother of two on my own. I happened to come across the Missionaries as they were visiting a neighbor in my apartment complex. I invited them in and started the discussions a fourth time. I was baptized and confirmed a member in the fall of 2004.

Why I am a Mormon

Since my baptism, I've felt the love and strength of the Holy Spirit as a constant companion carrying me through troubled times and guiding me to the man I married. Together, my husband and I have strengthened our faith in our Father, Redeemer, and this Gospel. We participated in unendowed temple trips while he worked to gain his priesthood and in the spring of 2009 we were sealed together as a family in the Rexburg Idaho Temple. What a joy it is to see our children grow up with the blessings of the Temple and this gospel in our home!

How I live my faith

When I joined the church, my local Stake President counseled the members of the area to do "seven small and simple things:" Read our scriptures personally every day, read the scriptures at least five days a week as a family, have personal prayer every morning and night, have family prayer every morning and night, attend church every Sunday as a family, hold family home evening every Monday night, and attended the temple every month. In doing these things, we notice a change in our home. Our children are more calm, our lives are less stressful, we grow closer to each other and to our Heavenly Father, and we continue to feel the Holy Spirit as a constant companion in our daily lives.

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society was founded by the Prophet Joseph Smith on March 17, 1842. At the time of it's founding, Relief Society had two main purposes: to provide relief for the poor and needy and to bring others to Christ. The Relief Society is a worldwide sisterhood of women age 18 years and older. We dedicate ourselves to strengthening our marriage, family, and home, support others through prayer and scripture study, find joy in service and good works, stand for truth and righteousness, share our testimonies and talents with others, and gain a sure knowledge that our lives have meaning, purpose, and direction all of which helps us grow spiritually and form a stronger relationship with those who surround us and with our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less