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Hi I'm Renee'

I'm a college graduate, a working woman and a performing musician. I love to read and to create beauty and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Southern California in the 1950s, but my childhood was far from the nostalgic, idyllic one of that era. Instead, my parents were divorced when I was young and my childhood was filled with frustration, confusion and uncertainty. As long as I can remember, I longed for a life of peace, safety, and stability. I have always been a life-long learner and earned a college degree after many years of study and hard work; fitting my classes between babies and housework. With the full support of my husband, I kept at it until I earned a Bachelor’s degree just before our oldest child graduated from high school! As a professional musician, I sang in night clubs, at private parties and in venues all over Southern California. More recently, I have performed with large choral groups where I have been a featured soloist. When I am singing in front of an audience, I feel the most like myself. I especially love to sing sacred music because of the spiritual power found within these songs. For me, it is one of the ways that I am best able to share my personal testimony. I love to create beauty; not only within the realm of sound, but through the colorful medium of painting or the shapes and designs of gardening. This self-expression, brings me great joy, fills my soul with peace and can calm my troubled heart. The gifts I possess for creativity are a gift to me from my Heavenly Father, that I can use to bless the lives of others.

Why I am a Mormon

My family of origin was very religious and the Savior was a focus in our everyday life. At home, “we talked of Christ, we rejoiced in Christ, we preached of Christ, ….that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (2 Nephi 25:26) So, it was the structure of the Church that reinforced the messages of Christ and brought me to the Gospel. And it was the organizations which focused my daily living and offered a framework in which I could create my independent, adult life. But, it is the knowledge I have gained of His grace, of the Savior’s atoning sacrifice for me, of the truths of His teachings that can be found within His church, that keeps me there. The gospel of Jesus Christ is what my testimony is founded upon. The safety, peace and stability that this knowledge brings, is the reason why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

When my husband and I served our mission, we understood that we were representatives of the Lord, Jesus Christ. We were reminded daily that by treating others with kindness, love and respect, we were preaching the gospel without saying a word. So, treating others as we would like to be treated ourselves, giving back to the community through service, being cheerful and expressing that joy to others, just trying to bring a little good to the world, is how I live my faith every day. In 1998, our late prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley, summed it up this way: “Let us be true disciples of Christ…doing unto others as we would have them do unto us…Our kindness may be the most persuasive argument for that which we believe.”.