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Hi I'm RaLene

I am a full-time working mother of 8 children and grandmother of 4. I love to read, do needlework, and can my own food.

About Me

I have lots of hobbies to keep me interested. I quilt, crochet, knit, read, embroider, and love crafts of all types. My husband and I have a blended family of 8 children, yours, mine, and ours. We also now have 4 grandchildren. I work full-time outside of the home. I went back to school after I was 40 to complete my associates degree. Fun Fact: My mom is a redhead, so am I, and my two sisters as well. There are no redheaded grandchildren or great-grandchildren though.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith is a fabric of who I am. Everything I do and everything I think about has gospel principles as part of my thought processes and belief system. It gives me hope, it gives me strength, and gives me answers to questions I have about almost anything. My faith gives me guidance as a parent as well. I rely on what I learn in the scriptures and from our priesthood leaders to help me through this mortal experience.

How I live my faith

My first calling to serve in the church was when I was a teenager. I taught a weekly children's class (called Primary) after school to 8 and 9 year olds. After that I took my first family history class and was caught by the genealogy bug and have been dabbling in family history ever since. I have also served in Young Women's, Relief Society (the sister's group), Gospel Doctrine teacher, Seminary teacher, and other assignments.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

We wear our Sunday best to church; women in dresses and skirts and men in white shirts and ties, usually with a suit or sport coat. We celebrate most traditional Christian Holidays, such as Easter and Christmas, like many other Christians. We also celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, and we also celebrate national holidays based on the region and country that we live in. Show more Show less