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Hi I'm Renee

I am a wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunty. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well I guess I kind of consider myself regular but maybe exceptional at the same time. I study counselling, I am passionate about change and really love what I study. I love the capacity of humans to grow to what they desire to be. I work at a bedding, linen and home wares store and drool over linen and things that I can't afford being a student and being married to a student. When I have time to myself I like to do creative things with my hands, sometimes they're silly things like making little stuffed owls or making cards or even painting a picture. I like to experiment with recipes, mainly health foods... sugar free, dairy free... everything free! I enjoy spending time with good friends and having a laugh. I live in a dinky little flat with my husband Matt, I've told him before but he is the kindest person I know. We have been married nearly a year, it has been lovely and life is really looking good all ahead of us. We like dreaming about future adventures and holidays in far off lands. In the next little while we'll both graduate, I will be a counsellor, Matt will be a teacher and we have no idea where we will be and whether there may be any more members of our family!

Why I am a Mormon

When I think about why I'm a mormon I think about when I was a teenager. Life threw difficult things at our family to deal with from when I was young. It all culminated when I was a teenager, I was having a difficult time with many different things in life. It was then, that we experienced a death in the family. I had always tried my hardest to remain faithful to receive the goodness of God in my life. At that tme I never truly knew how hopeless and miserable I could feel. I remember telling a friend, I had never imagined life could ever be that bad. Despite questioning God as to what he was doing to me, He was patient with me and I tried my best to be patient as I worked on creating happiness in my life. It remained painful. God never does for you what you need to learn yourself. I had a sense then but more clearly see now that God opened the windows of Heaven to me through different blessings because of my obedience and desire to follow Him so that my load was as light as it could be at that time. I know God knows me intimately and knows what I need to learn. I often hear people say 'I just can't imagine you being a sad person'. Creating my happiness is a proud achievement, those experiences are my life's treasures. I know that God blesses those that follow His plan to joy. He is my strength, my guide, he continues to see me through life's experiences according to my willingness to listen and to rely on Him. I know that God's way is the best way to a joyful life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by reading scriptures everyday, I find that after I pray, I receive answers to my prayers through words of scripture and the feelings I get as I read. I pray to God every day alone and together with my husband. I pray for guidance in my life, in gratitude for the things I have been blessed with. My husband and I always pray to know how to to be patient and good to those we meet during our travels- sometimes it's hard to stay unaffected by the business of the day. We also pray to know who we might be able to help and for our families. I love one of the programs we have at church called visiting teaching, a friend and I go and visit two other women from church each month, share a message and chat to see how they're going. It is one way we try to take care of one another. All of the women that attend our church do this. I'm enjoying the women I visit at the moment, we always have great laughs and visits usually involve chocolate. At church I also work with the children from 18 months to 12. There's many different classes. My job is quite a big one overseeing everyone but I work with some great people. We have separate classes and then one meeting all together where we sing and sometimes play games and have a lesson. It's nice watching these kids grow and sometimes they are just hilarious! I don't think I would try so hard to be a better person if I didn't have my faith. That's important to me, to keep thinking about what I am putting out into the world and whether it uplifts those around me. Of course I'm not always perfect at it.