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Hi I'm RaNae Louise

I'm one of nine kids. I grew up on the Mississippi River. I'm a student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Provo, Utah, spent my early childhood in the panhandle of Texas, and I have spent the last 12 years in Illinois wreaking havoc in the Mississippi Valley. I am currently going to school Idaho. I am working to get my bachelor's degree in English education. I hope to teach in high schools. I am going to defer school for 18 months to serve a mission. I have been called to serve in the Utah Provo Mission. When I'm not spending my time with eight other siblings, I enjoy listening to music, reading novels, or catching up on one of many fascinating tv series. I also enjoy running and participating in about any sport...except golf. I can't quite get a handle on that one. I try to live a simple life, but I also enjoy as many new experiences as are presented to me!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon, and yet I had to come to believe in its truth for myself. Growing up in an area predominantly baptist and catholic, I wasn't surrounded by a lot of other members of my faith. I have made a lot of mistakes in my short life, and I will continue to make more, but I choose to live and believe as a Mormon because My savior atoned for my sins, and I can be forgiven of all my mistakes. I can also know what my Father in Heaven wants of me through modern day revelation to our living prophet. I have felt of the truthfulness of this gospel for myself. I have prayed to my God and received an answer for myself. I have felt of the true happiness and joy that can come from living a life as God would want me too. I am a Mormon because I want to live what I have felt. I want true happiness, and I want the world to know they can truly be happy too!

How I live my faith

I have spent most of my service at church teaching classes. I love preparing the lessons and learning so much more for myself than I am sure I can ever teach anyone. I have also helped out in the nursery playing with the young kids and teaching them simple lessons about their Savior Jesus Christ and how much He loves and cares for them. I love seeing their pure love for life and their innate trusting nature. I wish I could be more like them every day. I haven't done a lot yet in my church callings, but I love every bit of service I have been allowed to do, and I look forward to all the opportunities available in the future.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

RaNae Louise
One thing I loved learning more about was how special woman are to our Heavenly Father, but I did at one point struggle with trying to understand why men had the privilege of holding the priesthood and woman didn't. It wasn't until I took a class that I learned more about what Mormon women were like. I took a class on families, and this class discussed the importance of families in the plan of salvation and returning to heaven to live with our heavenly father again. After all, that is why we are here, and families play a central role in that plan. Women, like men, have their responsibilities in making families work. The church states that mothers are to nurture the children and be their care takers, and fathers are to hold the priesthood to provide for and protect their families. Both roles are essential in a family. Both roles are sacred. And both roles are equal. Different, but equal. Corinthians says, "Neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord." Both of the different responsibilities are equally important and need to be covered by both parents. My teacher compared eternal life and heaven to a treasure locked in a box, and the box had two key holes. The key holes each required their own different keys. A man held one key, while a woman held the other. It required work on both of their parts to unlock the box and get the treasure. Mormon women, all women, hold sacred responsibilities in motherhood. Show more Show less