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Hi I'm Renee

I'm a wife, a mom of sons who've flown the coop, CPA, family history promoter, tornado survivor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm fortunate to live in the same rural place where I was born in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of north central Arkansas. I've visited lots of places but there is no place like home. My first career was as a CPA doing tax and accounting work for 25 years. My second career began after an EF-4 tornado destroyed our home which also housed my office. I was driving through Clinton, Arkansas when the tornado struck there. I avoided injury though homes and buildings were heavily damaged and destroyed all around me. Half an hour later the tornado destroyed my home 20 miles away but left my husband, son, and and exchange student miraculously unharmed. Now I work for a nonprofit organization helping rural people in support of their communities and schools. I'm looking forward to grandchildren and serving a mission with my husband.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon as a young married woman. My husband had been a member since childhood. I have a special appreciation for the missionaries who taught me. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. Knowing He is my Savior and Redeemer gives me faith and hope. Being a member of the church has allowed me to grow spiritually, have a strong marriage and has helped us raise our three sons. Knowing that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have provided the way for families to be together forever is a wonderful gift.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by volunteering in my community and through church service. I believe each person has much to give and that is what ultimately makes us happy, by helping others and being of service. Serving as director of the church's Family History Center that serves my community is is a great adventure in helping people discover and document their family tree. We also video record life stories of people in the community. I know that having these stories recorded is such a valuable thing for descendants to have, to document something more than just the names and birth dates but to get a real flavor of their lives, their joys and sorrows, achievements, and to hear the advice they give their children and grandchildren. I also love serving in Public Affairs for the Church and the opportunity it brings to work with those of other faiths. It is particularly rewarding to help others have a better understanding of our church. One of my favorite assignments is writing human interest stories about church members.