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Hi I'm Raynee

I rope and herd cattle..also known as my wildly fantastic children. I love being a wife, a mom and a Mormon!

About Me

I live in the beauty of a high desert and am a cowgirl at heart. My family helped settle the west with their cattle and tills and passed on a love for the cultivation of the Earth. My Dad taught me to garden and I love to watch the beauty it adds to the Earth. My Mom gave me a love for reading everything good. A few of my favorites: Pride & Prejudice, The Four Agreements, and Fire in the Bones. I was born the 2nd oldest of 6 kids and raised as the oldest, after my brother, a year older than me, passed away in an accident when he was 2. I believe that families are eternal and that we will all be together someday. I have 3 beautiful younger sisters and a younger brother who I admire greatly. My fondest memories are of us working on the farm together. I find great value in hard work. I went away to college and got a degree in Social Work and Psychology at ASU. I had the opportunity to travel; Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Ecuador, and Mexico. I married the only boy I couldn't scare off:) His persistence and loyalty won me over. Being the bass player in a band was helpful too. I was a total groupie!! We've been married for 10 years and have 3 children who are miracle babies. Because of heath issues there was a possibility of never having kids. I thank my Heavenly Father every day that they are here and healthy. I love music and have 14 piano students. I love being outdoors, reading with my kids, projects of all kind and enjoying time with Joe.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father who loves me. I believe he knows my strengths and weaknesses and has a plan for me to return to him. I believe in standing as a witness of God at all times and in all things and in all places as I strive to understand and live values such as faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, integrity and virtue. I believe in his son Jesus Christ. I know that he is my Savior and that he atoned for the sins of the world. I know he has felt my pain and sadness and rejoices when I apply the atonement to find peace and joy. I have a testimony of the Holy Ghost. I'm extremely grateful for the still small voice that has the power to lead and guide me each day. I believe Joseph Smith was a prophet of God with the power and courage to restore God's church to the Earth. I'm grateful for his sacrifice. I believe The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to have the fullness of truth. It brings me stability in a world of chaos, confidence when I feel uncertain, and true joy when life brings sadness. I'm humble, grateful and blessed to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I currently work with the youth in our church. Specifically girls ages 12-18. We have a program called Personal Progress which provides an opportunity for personal growth spiritually, emotionally and temporally. They discover identity, strengths, new skills and interests. They learn to recognize God's hand in their lives and grow closer to their Savior Jesus Christ. They learn to take ownership over their choices, that making good choices strengthens them to become strong leaders and good examples in their communities and through out their life. They find courage to keep high standards. Guiding and encouraging them through this process is amazing. Being a teenager is hard especially in this ever increasingly crazy world. The church provides so much stability and hope in a time of so much change.