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Hi I'm Renee

I'm a single mother, working full time and attending college. I'm an All-American, Mormon girl! :)

About Me

I grew up with parents that tried different religions. Then, when I was 8yrs old, the LDS missionaries came to our home and taught us about the Mormon church. We were baptized and spent the next 7yrs being actively involved. I was 15 when my parents divorced and left the church. It was a difficult time for us all. Eventually, many years later, I decided to return to the LDS church. Despite personal trials, such as discovering my son was mentally disabled and the loss of my marriage (after 10yrs), I have remained an active member of the church. I have raised my children in the church and received more blessings than I can count! I'm a full time college student and I work full time as a utility billing manager. I share my home with my older brother, who is paralyzed, my disabled adult son and two of my daughters (who happen to be teenagers). I love to watch and play sports. I love old movies (esp John Wayne), playing board games and playing in the sun! My favorite place on Earth is Pensacola Beach, FL.

Why I am a Mormon

My testimony began as a child. I remember attending church after we were baptized and feeling something special. I remember the sweet smiles of those who taught me each Sunday and the peace and happiness that came from just being there. It was that feeling that caused me to return to church at the age of 27. I was pregnant with my 2nd child and when I looked at my liitle girl (she was 3yrs old), I had this strong desire to take my children to the place that held my best memories- the LDS church. I decided that I would attend church for them. To give them the opportunity to feel the comfort & peace, to learn about Christ. I didn't think I was worthy to attend but, I knew I would be welcome. It wasn't long after I returned that I began to see that Christ loved me too, that I could be forgiven and become one of his faithful servants, that I was worthy. That sweet spirit returned to me, comforted my weary heart and helped me realize my divine worth. It took some time and many trials came my way, but I remained active and held firm to my beliefs. My testimony, which was once small and broken, began to grow and blossom. It became the foundation of my life. Developing a relationship with my Father in Heaven and with my Savior became my mission. Learning more of His Gospel brought me knowledge and wisdom, comfort and joy. It buoyed me through major trials, such as divorce and serious illness. My testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ remains my foundation. It is the rock upon which I have built my life and the storms, no matter how fierce, cannot knock me down. I'm a Mormon because I know that the LDS church has the complete Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Priesthood authority to act in His name.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to serve in the church as a Sunday School teacher (mostly taught young children). I was even able to work with the Young Women (ages 12-17)- now that was a fun time! I have always strived to stay in contact each month with the women assigned to me. I love visiting with them and finding ways to support them through service and in sharing my testimony. I've lived in many places in the United States and have many opportunites to serve those of other faiths. We haven't always shared our different beliefs but, I made an effort to let them know I was a Mormon and to let my actions teach them about my integrity, faith and happiness! At this point in my life, I am able to help younger mothers and support my community through various volunteer activities. I have always hoped that my actions have had a positive influence on others and that in my absence, they remember me fondly, that they have a better understanding of my church and my beliefs. That when they think think of me, they smile and think of Christ.