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Hi I'm Renee

I believe in Jesus Christ and I love my life here on earth.

About Me

I am a mother of 3 beautiful daughters and 3 brilliant sons and have been married for 23 years to a extraordinary man. I love doing yoga, Pilates, cardio, and strength training. I also love learning about nutrition. I eat a high raw food diet and have learned to manage my allergies and other health problems by eating better. I love living near the beach and being able to enjoy the beauties of the earth with my husband and my children.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the church. My dad's ancestors joined the church in England in the 1800s and came over to our country by boat to live in Utah. My mom was a Catholic until she met my dad and read the Book of Mormon. I learned from the faith of both of my parents and gained a testimony for myself early in life. Whenever my friends would tell me they felt sorry for me because I couldn't do the things that they were doing (drinking, drugs, being promiscuous), I'd tell them that I was making my own choices to follow the guidelines of my church. I was never forced and have my free agency to choose. I love the freedom and blessings that come from living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I wake up each day grateful to have the gospel in my life. I pray to my Heavenly Father throughout the day and learn the teachings of Jesus by reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I also love to read the conference talks which are given every fall and spring by the apostles and the prophet of our church. These talks build my faith and help me apply the gospel to my daily life. I work as a Primary Counselor in my ward at church, which means I help run the childrens' organization each Sunday which involves them going to classes, singing songs, and learning about the gospel of Jesus Christ as a big group in Sharing Time. I recently attended Young Women's Camp with my youngest daughter for a week and was able to deepen my faith out in the forest with some wonderful teenage girls. I love to participate in any way I can with the members of the church. I don't live close to many relatives, so my church associates become my extended family.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Renee
When we go to church, we dress nicely to show respect and honor for our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The men usually wear suits or slacks with a white shirt and tie and the women and girls wear dresses or skirts. Young boys often wear button-up shirts and ties too, but often wear nice knit shirts with their pants, too. You don't usually see jeans for the men or pants on the women, but if someone comes dressed that way, they would never been turned away or shunned. Personally, I dress warm when I come to church because even if you live somewhere where no one owns an air conditioner, the church always does and you freeze. So I bring a sweater and wear close toed shoes. But maybe I'm just cold. You'll probably be fine :). As for holidays, in the USA, we celebrate pretty much every National Holiday (New Year's, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veteran's Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). The holidays that we recognize or talk about in church are Easter, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Thanksgiving. We often have a special flag service on Memorial Day and sing patriotic songs around the 4th of July. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Renee
No, the LDS church does not endorse political parties or tell us which to lean toward. I've found my church friends to be conservative socially and spiritually, but mixed with political ideals. Most of my LDS friends are Republicans, but I have many LDS friends who are Democrats, Libertarians, and Independents. We are open to all parties. Show more Show less