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Hi I'm Renae

I love my family. I love living in California. I love all things related to sustainable agriculture. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Though I was raised in paradise (aka southern California), I always had the urge to go somewhere far away from home when I grew up and I did just that when I graduated from high school. I spent a semester attending Clark University in Massachusetts studying global environmental studies and it was while I was there that I felt a strong calling to serve as a missionary for the LDS (Mormon) Church. Because of this, I took a leave of absence from school and will be leaving for a mission in Ukraine starting in May 2013. Serving a mission has definitely changed my plans for my life, but I know that if I'm doing what Heavenly Father wants me to do, I can't go wrong and things will work themselves out.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I was raised in the Mormon church, I know a lot of people don't think I had the chance to choose my religious beliefs, that I was "sucked into" Mormonism from the start and therefore, my belief that the Mormon church is true is not as valid as the belief of others who were introduced to the church later in their lives. This used to bother me and I would sometimes think: how can I know that what I'm being taught every Sunday is true when I've never looked into anything else? What it comes down to for me is I've read and studied the Book of Mormon, I've gone to church, I've heard the prophet Thomas Monson speak and I have felt in my heart that what I've heard and what I've read is true. I've applied the teachings of the church to my life and have seen how blessed and happy I have been because of them. How I was introduced to the church doesn't really matter. I have found out for myself it's true and I'm here to stay.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a youth leader to girls ages 12 to 18 and I love it!

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Mormons live just like most people. We have families. We play sports. We go to work. We watch movies. The difference between us and non-Mormons is not in what we do, but how we do it. For example, because we love our families we set aside one night a week to spend time together without any distractions. We try to avoid playing/watching sports on Sundays because we want to set aside that day to focus on more important things like God and family and serving others. Similarly, because we want to set aside Sunday as a day for spiritually edifying ourselves and others, we try not to work on Sundays. We don't watch R-rated movies or other movies that are inapporopiate because we want to keep our thoughts clean. Sometimes, people think Mormons have "all these rules", and in a way, we do. But I know that because I do things like setting aside a night for my family or not watching R-rated movies or not playing sports on Sunday, I have a better relationship with my family, I have a better relationship with God and I am a better person. I love me and I know I wouldn't be me without the teachings of the Mormon church. Show more Show less