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Hi I'm Renee

I am a Mormon. I was born in Texas, and raised in California.

About Me

I am a mom, wife, sister, aunt, cousin, and grandparent. I love my family and friends! I love spending my days discovering new ways to deepen those relationships. I love gardening, cooking, traveling, photography, animals, and all of nature! I am constantly learning something new!

Why I am a Mormon

I believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds all the blessings intended for every human being ever created by our Heavenly Father. I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was born and raised in the Catholic Church by loving parents who always sought to provide the very best for my younger sister and I. I can remember as a young child thinking about God and trying to imagine what he looked like; as well as trying to imagine what heaven was like. I can remember imagining the universe as a spiral, and me as a point moving on the spiral ever upward. I continued this quest for more truth and light, which led me in my very last year of my thirties to speak with the Mormon missionaries. Everything they taught made perfect sense to me and they had answers to questions about the meaning of life that I had carried with me for as long as I can remember. We began our discussions on January 1, 1991, and I was baptized on February 9, 1991

How I live my faith

Every morning I read my scriptures, pray, and every evening I end with the same process. In between, I attend the temple as an ordinance worker, attend church each Sunday. Every day I learn more about life of Jesus Christ, and try to be more like him.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Renee
My testimony is a statement of my belief in the necessity for and reality of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Renee
Because the Lord asks us to give 10 per cent of what we receive in increase. In Genesis 28, vs 22, Jacob promised "and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee". Heavenly Father promises to bless us with more than we can imagine for being obedient to this commandment, as in Malachi 3, vs 10, "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." I personally have witnessed these blessings in my life, and as was stated today in general conference, the richest blessings are spiritual. In that if we, through our faith, seek to understand and follow the law of tithing, we will increase our faith and further develop an attitude of submission to the will of our Heavenly Father.     Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Renee
Temples are special places of worship, where we can enter into covenants with our Father in heaven, receiving ordinances for ourselves and our ancestors that have predeceased us. Temples are also places of peace amid the storms of world, where we can find solace, as well as answers to life's questions.   Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Renee
I remember my son asking this very question. I hope that I answered him then in a manner that brought solace where uncertainty had lingered before. More importantly I hope that my example continues to answer that question in his eyes. Only my relationship with God comes before my family. By that I mean without God, I would not exist or be a part of a family. I would not have the depth of feeling for, or appreciation of the family I have been so graciously given. I did not always feel this way as a child. There was strife in our home from time to time, and I spent much of my pre-teen and teen years trying to escape the turmoil. The desire for association with my family began to increase as I matured, and began a family of my own. But it wasn't until my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that my appreciation of and my intense desire for time spent with family, really began to blossom with an intensity. I know without a shadow of a doubt that I was placed specifically within my family, with full knowledge of the imperfections of its members, because Heavenly knew exactly the people I required to grow and develop with; just as they needed me. This earth life is an opportunity to grow, to nurture and be nurtured within this family unit. Now my family is not just my parents, and my sister. My family is every ancestor that walked the earth before me, and all that follow me. Families can be together forever. Show more Show less