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Hi I'm Renee

I grew up in New Hampshire. I'm an entrepreneur. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I stay at home full time with my adopted son. During his naps and in the evenings after he goes to bed, I help my husband with an online marketing business. I like that our business gives us the means to save for another adoption while not compromising my time with my son. He is three and learning and growing so much that I want to be there for every second. I spend most of my days playing with him - going to the zoo, playing in the park, and having play dates. This fall, we will be in a preschool co-op, and I am putting together crazy chemistry experiments to do with the kids like mentos in soda bottles, vinegar and baking soda volcanoes, colored fire, and giant bubbles. I love to ski, play field hockey, hike, kayak, and some day I am going to get scuba certified. I also love reading my husband to sleep at night with a fast paced fiction book (zonks him out, go figure).

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because this religion gives me more peace and comfort than any other I have found. It is founded on Christian beliefs, truly the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love that the people I meet at church are honestly trying to follow God's commandments and become better people. Most of all, after the suicide of my brother when I was 18 years old, I did a lot of soul searching, and after months of searching, one evening I had such an overpowering sense of Christ's love and concern not only for me but for my brother, that I had no doubt that Christ is my Savior and the unique doctrine that my church teaches that families are reunited after death is true.

How I live my faith

I am relatively new to Pittsburgh, and I love that my church has given me so many opportunities to serve in an area where I was previous unfamiliar with anyone or any community organizations. I am currently very involved in our women's group where I teach a lesson once a month and also help plan and carry out activities. The women's group has introduced me to so many other amazing women. I get to visit ladies who are home bound in my neighborhood who dote on my son as well as socialize with other women my age and organize play dates for a little sanity. I don't have any family close by, but the people at church have truly become family to me. I am so grateful to have people I can turn to when I need help, like my friend who watched my son when I was so sick I couldn't get out of bed, even though she was 39 weeks pregnant herself! I love that my church inspires us to be selfless and caring of others just like Christ. I have truly felt welcome so far from home.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

My brother once told me that he could never marry someone like me because he wasn't man enough. Yes, I am definitely a woman with opinions, and if I feel that something is right, then I will go ahead and do it. Having my husband hold the priesthood and administer ordinances to my family strengthens his roll as a husband and father. He will baptize our children, give them blessings, and some day ordain our sons to the priesthood. I view my husband's roll of administering the priesthood as natural and as important a male characteristic as a woman's roll is to bear children. Men don't do that. It is God's way of allowing men to perform amazing miracles just like the miracle of life he gives to women. While I do not hold the priesthood, I was an ordained minister for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was a full time missionary. In addition, women are the only ones who are allowed to be in the presidency of the children's ministries (Primary) in our church. The Church does not withhold opportunities for ministry from women. Show more Show less