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Hi I'm Raynae

I'm a Mormon. I play in a bluegrass band, and I started a program called "Kids In Bluegrass." I play six instruments.

About Me

I am 57 years old and the mother of 5, grandmother of 11. I play bluegrass in a touring band, and I also travel to bluegrass festivals and teach children to play with a program I started called "Kids In Bluegrass". I didn't play music as a child and my parents weren't musical so I was never exposed to music other than records played by my dad, that were of the big band genre. I always dreamed of being able to play in a band when I was a little girl and first saw a family band of children playing the midway of our local fair. One day at the age of 35 I decided to try and learn to play the fiddle. I took 5 months of lessons and then self taught myself after that by playing with the Old Time Fiddlers in our area. 2 years later I decided to learn guitar so I bought one and asked people to show me. I learned to play the guitar in 10 days. Then I was given an upright bass to store for 6 months so I self taught myself the bass, and from their the mandolin, and now the banjo too. When we retired and moved to Idaho I was given an antique upright piano. I've self taught myself the piano and have been playing it for 1 1/2 yrs, and am now playing it each Sunday in church and also at a local prison where my husband and I teach each week. Some of my adult children and any grandkids old enough to learn can play bluegrass with several instruments. I also love to paint and carve walking sticks, and I love to do photography especially portrait work.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I was raised by good parents who taught me wholesome core values. When my husband had been visiting with a co-worker about the church, he invited the missioneries to come teach us more about it. We had two sister missioneries teaching us one from England, the other from Illinois and when they came the first night they were very friendly, kind, and loving towards our young family. As they continued to come we began to feel the spirit of the Holy Ghost testifying to us of the truthfulness of what they were teaching. We always felt good and happy to have them in our home and we knew it was the correct decision to become baptized. We have never regretted that decision and the teachings of this gospel have made all the difference in our lives as we have raised our children. Now our grand children are reaping the benefit of our decision too. The church has given me opportunities to learn leadership, and to not be afraid to speak in front of people. It's not just a Sunday church but it's the entire way a person lives their lives every day. I love that this church teaches us to live in a manor that is clean, honest, and always close to the Holy Ghost so that we can heed the promptings that may come. We learn how to take care of ourselves physically, and mentally so that we can be the best we can ibe in all facets of daily life. We learn how to be self reliant, and to have an orderly home. The church teaches us to get an education whether this be formally thru schooling or learning things thru daily life that can help us. I am eternally grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that helped me to find this church, because living it's principles and teachings has made all the difference in my life and in the life of my grand children. It's what gave me the confidence to try and learn to play music, and that has been such an edifying part of my life. I love this Gospel.

How I live my faith

I live in a small community of about 4,000 people and with my music I am able to teach 14 children and 2 adults on a weekly basis. I teach guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and upright bass. We have opportunities to play for nursing homes, town benefits, and also for the kids' school each year. Through this more and more children have become interested in learning how to play. They are not only learning the music but they are learning the value of serving others as they play. My husband and I also have been asked to teach a Sunday School class at a local prison, and I have been able to play the piano at the beginning of the lesson each week, which has really helped me and them to feel the Spirit before each class. I try to share the gifts God has given me by doing things in my community that I can to give back. I'm trying to teach the kids to share their talents and help them to enjoy playing for the nursing homes and different activities in our community. I have been asked to play the piano in church for our Sunday School classes there also and so this has really helped me to learn faster. Since I don't read music I have taught myself to play using the chords with my left hand and then playing the melody with my right hand. It has worked great for me and I'm having a lot of fun as I learn now. We love to have different families to dinner, and my dream of being able to play music in my home and sing with them has become a reality. I know that this is because of the blessings the gospel has brought as it taught me the self confidence that I needed back then.