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Hi I'm Rene

I'm a piano teacher, wife, and mom of four boys. I grew up in Oregon, live in the Washington D.C. area, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of four boys (middle school to college). I love to backpack (Virginia, West Virginia, Minnesota, Oregon, Colorado, Wyoming, Kilimanjaro) and bike with my family and friends. Music is an important part of my life and I have taught piano for over 20 years. I accompany the choir at church and play the organ. I was an LDS missionary in Honduras and try to keep my Spanish is working order.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it provides purpose and direction to my life and brings me a lot of happiness. I understand why I am here on earth and that I need to improve and learn and prepare myself to return to God. I love the scriptures and the counsel we receive from the prophet. Having a prophet on the earth today just makes so much sense to me. I appreciate and love our prophet. I appreciate what children and youth are taught at church and I love what I learn at church each Sunday. We are learning what we need to do to follow Jesus Christ. We have many opportunities to develop and share our talents and to serve others. I love being around people who are trying to make their lives better and trying to make the lives of others better. I feel happy and content with my decision to be a Mormon. I want others to feel the same joy. My great-grandparents on my dad's side joined the church in Holland in the early 1900's. They left their family and friends to join with the Mormons in Utah. It was sad for them to leave Holland, but they were eager to be with other members of their faith. I love reading about their conversion. Several years ago, we had an 80th family reunion to celebrate their arrival in Ogden, Utah. There were about 400 descendants (including spouses and children) who gathered for the celebration. As part of the program, family members dressed up to match a picture of the family arriving at the train station in Ogden in the early 1900's. The whole group of 400 people watched in silence as the family-member actors entered the room in period style clothing. It was a wonderful remembrance of the start of the the gospel in the lives of our family. What a blessing it has been to us!

How I live my faith

The church is a big part of my life. I have a couple jobs in the church right now. I get to accompany our choir. I love doing it. Our choir director is wonderful to work with and we have great choir members. The choir usually sings twice a month. I am one of three organists in our ward. We rotate each week. Currently, my husband and I are in charge of planning a Youth Conference for about 200 youth ages 14-18. This year, it will be a pioneer trek taking place over three days in Northern Virginia. I'm excited to make it meaningful and relevant to them as they think about Mormon Pioneer experiences and how their examples of consecration and faith are examples to us in our day. I am also assigned to visit with two women in the ward each month. I try to be a friend with them and watch out for them or help them if they need it. My husband recently served as the bishop of our ward. Now, he teaches a Sunday School Class for the 16-18 year old youth and helps out with planning scout trips. I would imagine that we will always be busy doing whatever comes up to help in the church. We are happy being busy in the church.