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Hi I'm Renee

I live on a huge cattle ranch. I teach early morning seminary to high schoolers. I love my husband and six kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Arizona. I went to BYU and married a quiet cowboy from Florida who had recently joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was there getting his MBA. In the process of a very happy 21 years of marriage, I finished my degree in Political Science and have had six children. I would love to go to law school someday, but we felt like the most important thing we could do together is keep me at home to raise our family. We now live in Florida where my husband runs the largest cattle ranch in the United Stated which is owned by the Church. It is a perfect place to raise a family. I teach early morning seminary to high schoolers at 5:40 am and absolutely love it. I love to study and learn new things. I love people, photography, and cooking but my greatest work and joy comes from my relationship with God, my husband and our children. I was asked once by the college I graduated from, "What are you doing with your degree?" I replied, "I am raising my (5) children right now." The response was, "Oh so you are doing nothing with your degree..." I responded, "That all depends on how you define 'nothing' I suppose...." Being a Mother is not for the faint of heart, or for the timid-- but there is nothing in this life that can compensate for the joy of being there with your children in those tender and critical crossroads.

Why I am a Mormon

Whether you join the Church at a young age or find the truth later in your life, at some point every one of us has to go through some type of conversion process. I grew up in an LDS home and was taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ well through study and the powerful examples of my parents. My father went on his mission to Minnesota, and in the process found and baptized my mother and her family. My mother's family were devout Catholics at the time and her perspective on faith and our relationship with God ha and continues to have a huge impact on me. She taught me and my sibling to take any question we may have to the scriptures and especially to the Lord in prayer. This process has been the foundation of not only my faith, but has brought me closer to my Savior Jesus Christ than anything else I could have done. I am a Mormon, because through my faith I have found Jesus Christ and the answers to the questions that we all have deep down inside. I am a Mormon, because I love the Book of Mormon and the teachings of that book have brought me closer to God. The Book of Mormon has clarified and provided a second witness that the Bible is the word of God and that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I am a Mormon, because I can feel closer to God inside those beautiful holy temples than anywhere on earth and know that because of Jesus Christ, and the covenants we make with Him, I will see my family and loved ones again who have passed on to the other side. I know that no matter how far away my children may live or be, that there is a power in those promises that we make with God that offer peace, guidance and protection that I have not seen anywhere else. I am a Mormon, because I know that God is the same, yesterday, today and forever and that His promises are sure and one of those promises is that there will be prophets on the earth to lead and guide us. I testify there are prophets in the land like in times of old and the Lord uses them to help guide and lead us Home.

How I live my faith

I love to volunteer in the elementary school. When my kids started school, so did I. It provides a great way to be involved with them when they are gone so long during the day. I have a very soft spot in my heart for teenagers. I have taught early morning seminary for the past 4 years. Seminary is basically like Bible study or scripture study for high schoolers. We have met as early as 5:05 in the morning for them to catch the bus for the long ride to school. I see the media talk about Generation X and how teenagers these days don't care about anything. They need to come sit in a seminary class at 5 something in the morning and see these tired kids come to the church every morning to learn more about God, and how to become more like Him and how to serve others. I am constantly amazed at their diligence and their deep love of God. It's thrilling really! As a family we live our faith by having morning and evening prayers together. We set aside every Monday night for Family Home Evening where we teach and learn together, laugh, and eat something very tasty and terrible for you. We study the scriptures every night as a family for a few minutes and that gives us a great opportunity to get a feel for how are kids are doing. You can learn a lot about your teenagers based on their attitude and responses when studying the word of God together. My husband is the best dad in the world. He is very busy and travels a lot but has always set aside one night a weekend to take me on a date...after 21 years of Friday night dates, we are even more in love now than when we first got married. He also schedules a date night with the kids individually which they all look forward to. This pattern has certainly helped train our boys how to treat women, and our girls what they need to expect from the young men they date. Our oldest daughter is about to get married and we hope this pattern of faith and family continues because it's brought us so much joy and happiness.