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Hi I'm Renee'

I'm a geology and water fitness instructor and mom of two amazing kids! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mom of two. I love to travel and learn more about the world we live in. I enjoy part-time work as a geology instructor at a local college, which allows me to use my education as well as see my kids learn, develop, and grow. From childhood, I loved to swim and play in the water. Now, I teach a water fitness class to have extra fun. I have 11 years experience with ballet, tap, and jazz and have a great love for the fine arts. My hobbies include hiking, travelling, playing sports with my family, crocheting, baking, scrapbooking, dancing, gardening, and mineral collecting. My passion for geology has led me to travel many places around the world and develop a love for the countries and different cultures of the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Baptist attending church weekly and youth programs on wednesdays. As I look back, seeds of inquiry were sown in my life at an early age. In elementary school, I learned about missionaries from many faiths travelling to foreign countries teaching people of the world about God. But, I was told that those who hadn't heard of God and accepted Christ as their Savior wouldn't be permitted in heaven. This seemed contrary to the Bible stating God is constant and just. As I matured, I was taught that if a person followed the commandments and accepted Christ as their Savior they wouldn't be with family in heaven. My heart broke. I didn't understand why a loving Heavenly Father would take people I love most, my family, from me after death, if I kept His commandments. When I was 16, I seriously questioned these things. I thought about what happened after Jesus Christ died the persecution of His apostles and their martyrdom, and the Church that he had structured while here on Earth. What faith truly held all of the teachings Christ taught? When I found out that Mormons believe families can be together forever, it intrigued me and I wanted to know more. As I attended church meetings, spoke with the missionaries, and associated with members of the Church, I learned that everyone will have an opportunity to learn about Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father in this life or after death, and wouldn't be sentenced to a life in purgatory just because they had not learned, in their lifetime, of Christ and His teachings. This news brought peace to my heart, because I knew that God was answering my prayers. From this, it reconfirmed to me that He is constant, just, and very loving! As I began learning more about the Gospel, I found myself feeling more complete and at peace in my life. My love for my Savior has grown and my relationship with my Heavenly Father is more close and personal. He knows our needs and insecurities and wants to bless us immensely. We only need to ask!

How I live my faith

My mom always told me to practice what you preach, so I have always tried to live my life in accordance with this principle. I want others to know what I believe by how I live my life, not just on sundays but throughout the week. The following are some responsibilities I have at church or during the week. I am on the Public Relations committee for our region. I serve as a Geology Merit Badge Counselor for Boy Scout Troop 300. I am on a committee that plans an annual Christmas Nativity (Creche) program and display that is held in our church building. I assist with magazine and media needs of church members. I also visit with three sisters on a monthly basis to form a deeper friendship and help with any of their needs.

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

Renee'
Tithing is a principle that was instituted in the Old Testament. With God being just and unchanging, we are held to the same standards as those who came before us. Malachi 3 10 gives everyone who pays tithing a great promise. We know that by keeping this commandment, the Lord will bless us in so much that we will not be able to contain His blessings!  Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Renee'
We know that a family is the basic building block of society. Children bring much happiness and joy to families. As we become parents, we learn more about Heavenly Father's feelings for us as individuals and we learn more about our relationship with Him. Each family member learns to develop life-long characteristics, striving to become more like Christ. We experience and learn to control all ranges of emotions. Unconditional love allows family members to thrive and develop as individuals. We know that as we keep the commandments God has set forth for us, as we marry in the temple, and as we keep covenants we make with God, a family can be together after death. That brings much peace and happiness in this life. Show more Show less