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Hi I'm Renee

I'm an adventurer, seeker of truth in all its forms, I love to ride bikes and wear skirts, I am an NPR junkie...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've recently settled back in Colorado after sowing my wild oats from coast to coast. I love adventure in all it's forms - snowboarding, back packing, climbing big mountains, meeting new people, trying new things. I also love lounging around in the hammock on a Sunday afternoon with a good book. I love Wes Anderson movies and This American Life. I work with combat veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder and am constantly amazed at the power of the human spirit to heal itself. I have a wonderful family who raised me up to be a strong and independent woman. I'm also blessed to have a great group of amazing friends from all walks of life who are now sprinkled all over the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I was a curious kid who stumbled onto some truth. I was introduced to the LDS church when I was 12 years old and the first time I attended I felt an incredible warmth and peace and familiarity that I hadn't ever experienced elsewhere. I met with the missionaries and was invited to be baptized. I wasn't so sure at first - it seemed like such a life altering decision to make at such a young age. But, I prayed and received an assurance that it was a good decision so I went to ask my parents for their permission. Being raised back East and thinking that Mormons were cultish they said "absolutely not!" But, my dad and I struck a deal - he said I could continue going to church and other activities but that I could not be baptized until I was 18. So, I continued to attend and learned more and more about the church and developed a real relationship with my Heavenly Father. Though I had been looking forward to the day I could be baptized for many years, when my 18th birthday approached I began to have doubts. I wondered again if I was making the right decision and how it might impact the rest of my life. Then I started looking around at the fruits of the gospel. I noticed that my relationship with Heavenly Father and the things I had learned at church helped me to be a better person - more thoughtful, more kind, more compassionate, more patient, more loving, more willing to serve. I found happiness and peace in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I again prayed and was again assured that the things I had come to believe were true and I was baptized a few months later. All these years later, I've stayed an active member of the LDS Church because of my love of the Savior and His love for me and all of His children. I haven't been able to find anything else that brings me a greater sense of peace or joy than the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be like my Savior - loving, warm, accepting, compassionate, patient, kind, forgiving. I love meeting new people and getting to know them and understanding their stories. I try to nurture my relationship with God through daily prayer and studying the scriptures - this way I include Him on the major decisions of my life and seek out His direction and guidance. I attend church every Sunday to worship and connect with a community of people who are striving to live good lives. I volunteer to teach the women of the church once a month and am always taught more by them when I do so. I also try to find those who have stopped coming to church to see if they'd like to come back or if they have any special needs that I can help out with.