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Hi I'm Raena

My Father was a Baptist Minister and my Mother a Rosicrusian. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I began volunteering at a young age and my career developed in non-profit organizations working up the levels. Always proficient at math I fell into accounting early on. Currently, I form non-profit organizations and maintain the accounting for several organizations. I like the creative arts as well as being in nature and hiking. I am the mother of three awesome adult daughters who are happy and well. I am single and committed to a life of service in the form of assisting others in expanding their abilities to be of service. One thing that my father taught me that I have always held close, is to always leave someone better for having crossed my path. I am a convert to the Church and will always be grateful for the missionaries who appeared as an answer to my prayer.

Why I am a Mormon

I was 32 years old and was suffering deeply from alcoholism. I was on my knees one night praying to God to know how I could get sober as I had almost killed my children while driving drunk. I asked if I should go back to a church and if so which one that should be. I was the High Priestess in a Wiccan coven at the time. The next morning, there was a knock on my front door. It was a couple of Mormon missionaries. I would not let them in due to my disheveled appearance, but I did accept their offer of a Book of Mormon. After they had gone, I read Joseph Smith's story. It made complete sense to me. The "coincidence" of my prayer and the appearance of the missionaries was not lost on me. I told God that he was crazy if he thought I was going to be a Mormon. The Elders reappeared a few days later and I let them in. They wanted to teach me the lessons and I replied "no way!" I was not going to be converted. They kept coming and we would talk. It came time for me to move to another ward. The Elders offered to help me load the moving van. On moving day, my drinking buddies heard that there were going to be Mormon missionaries there and did not show up. Those two missionaries moved my house by themselves and made arrangements for the Elders in the other ward to unload me. Extremely grateful, I pondered over how I could ever repay them. I knew - I would let the new Elders give me the lessons! After the lesson on the Word of Wisdom and the Law of Chastity, one of the Elders asked me if I was willing to live that way of life. I asked if he was out of his mind. The life I was living could not be farther from the one they offered me. He asked me if I would pray about it then. I said sure. Visions and miracles followed and I was changed. Following a fasting and prayer session I woke up the next morning and realized that I wanted nothing more than to live a pure life. All my addictions and behaviors were lifted from me and I was baptized a month later. I'll always be grateful.

How I live my faith

I love my ward and the members are my family. I have enjoyed a variety of jobs or "callings" within the wards that I have been located in. I loved teaching the youth, planning activities and organizing the single adult members. I also volunteer in my community and like to interact and share my faith with my neighbors.