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Hi I'm Renée Christensen

I grew up in Canada. I'm a Mom. I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 5 wonderful children ranging in ages 22-10. It's a busy life but wouldn't want it any other way. I have been married for 23 years to a wonderful man that takes great care of our family. I earned my college degree in communications at BYU, but have been fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom. My hobbies include: date nights with my husband, sewing, reading, cooking, and running- a lot-- and just trying my best to be a good wife and mom. I am at a stage in life where my children have started leaving home. It's a difficult time of transition for all of us. I miss them terribly but am so excited for the new horizons that await them. I occasionally substitute teach at my younger children's school which I enjoy. I am realizing that any time I get to spend with them is precious. I have a good life. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as member of the church and was baptized by my father at age 8. My family has a rich heritage in the church and many of my ancestors trace back to the early days of the church in the 1800's. While I am proud of my ancestors, me being a Mormon is not based on that heritage. There is nothing in this world that brings me greater happiness than being a Mormon. The peace and comfort I have knowing God has a plan for me is immeasurable. He has a plan for each of us. When I have difficulties and challenges I know I can turn to my Heavenly Father for answers and help and it will be there. Never has He let me down - even if my challenges aren't removed, I am strengthened so I can bear them well. The teachings of the gospel bring me great confidence and have made me a better person than I would be otherwise. I know God lives. I know he loves us, and I love him. I am so grateful for the knowledge I have that families are eternal. I love my family and couldn't imagine a heaven without them. I know we live beyond this life. It brings comfort to know that we will someday be reunited with loved ones lost to death. I love my children and know Heavenly Father does too. As I pray for them, I feel His love for them too, and His desire to bless them with all things good. My life without the gospel of Jesus Christ would be so very empty. I can't imagine not being a Mormon. It's a great thing!

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith each day by remembering Christ's teachings to love one another. It's not always easy-- but when there are opportunities to be kinder, I try. Whether it's a smile or thank you to the checker at the store or a hello to a neighbor. I always feel better when I know I have made someone else smile. Life is hard for many and I want to do my best to be a bright spot when I can. I live my faith by serving in the congregation I attend. Over the years I have worked with many different groups- taught Sunday School, teenage girls, and the younger children in the church. I have also worked as a youth leader for the summer girls camp. Currently I am working with the women in the church. We have Sunday lessons just for us - taught by us. They are always uplifting and faith promoting. During the weekdays we have activities that revolve around three areas of focus,: increasing faith, strengthening family, and providing relief. We participate in many acts of service throughout the community. Often times we organize classes on things that will help improve our family life, or help develop provident living skills. Once a month I go out with a friend and visit 3 or 4 ladies in our congregation. They are women we have been asked to watch over and check on. -- be their friends. :) I look forward to these visits. Sometimes it's a lunch date, other times it's just a phone call. I love feeling like I am caring for them and tending the sheep as the Savior has asked. Truly, serving in the gospel is what gives me much of my joy. It feels good to be able to give back a little for all the blessing I have received