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Hi I'm Renae

I was born in Australia and have lived here my whole life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a student in my final year of a four year degree and look forward to entering the workforce next year. I enjoy reading, writing fiction, sketching, camping, spending time with family and friends and being outdoors. I'm engaged to be married next year.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of this church my entire life. I am the third generation in the church on my mother's side and fifth on my father's. Even with such a strong background in the gospel though, I have had to find out for myself about the truth of it, especially as I have moved out of home and away from the area I grew up in. Family is so very important to me and I am especially grateful that through the gospel I am able to be sealed with them for eternity and have the promise that I can still be with them beyond the grave and forever. I love them and I know that love which binds us together does not cease when we die. This gospel gives me the strength and hope I need to get through in every challenge I face. It is so much a part of me that it is not just something I do on Sundays, rather it is a way of life that governs my thoughts and actions every moment of every day. Through it I am able to feel true peace and joy and I am able to know that I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me and is always there for me. I am able to know that I have a savior who came to this earth to set the perfect example of how we should live and then to give his life voluntarily for not just me but everyone who has ever or will ever come to this earth. I know that he will come again in power and great glory and I pray that I might be counted worthy through the way I have lived my life to be taken home to live with him and those I love for eternity.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life as an example of what I believe in. I attend church each Sunday where I am able to associate with fellow members who share the same beliefs and values as me. I enjoy being able to teach one of the classes for the adult ladies every few months and the opportunity this gives me to provide service and share experiences with them. Outside of church I enjoy being able to answer the questions those I associate with at univeristy or other places ask me when they see the way I live, or that I do not drink alcohol, swear or participate in some of the events that others do. Perhaps one of the most special times of my life so far has been when I was able to share the gospel with one of my friends and watch him come to a knowledge of the truth of it.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Renae
The Book of Mormon is a record comparible to the Bible. It follows a race of people who left Jerusalem in 600BC, shortly before the Jews were taken into Babylonian captivity, and travelled to the American continent. They were the decendants of the Native American people today, as well as some of the islanders. It is another witness that Jesus is the Christ and includes an account of the visit of the Savior to the American continent after his life, death and resurrection over in Jerusalem. It was hidden up in the earth around the year 421 AD when the people fell into unbelief and wickedness, forgetting the truth, and was brought forth again in the mid 1800's and translated by Joseph Smith, a Prophet of God, so that we may learn from the writings of these ancient people. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Renae
The Word of Wisdom is basically a law of health. It covers what we should and should not take into our bodies but also covers things like getting enough sleep and exercising. some of the specific things that we are counselled against are drinking alcohol, tea, coffee or other caffinated substances, tobacco and illegal drugs. If we follow the counsel given to us in this law we are promised blessings including improved physical health, as well as better mental capacity. It's fairly straight forward really, but I find that it's often the basics that we need continual reminding in. Show more Show less