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Hi I'm Renee

I'm a mother of nine children, I go to school and work full time. I love gardening, flowers and butterflies... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Three years ago I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. It was a tough time, but I grew so much. I feel blessed that the treatment options I chose worked for me and I am now climbing my way back into full health. My husband and I have 9 children in a blended family. We are lucky enough to get all nine of them full time. Its a crew, but we LOVE it. Sometimes when I have to fix dinner for just 6 of us, I feel like I am wasting my time! :) Since my diagnosis, I decided to finish school, since that is on my bucket list. So I combine my huge family, the small dairy farm, working full time as an invoice clerk and trying to go to school online at night. My family likes to make smores in a little make shift camping spot we created in the back pasture, and we love to sing together. My husband and I enjoy watching the sunset together on the back porch swing as we talk about our plans to improve our land and home. We laugh about our great ideas that never really get off the ground, but continue to plan them anyway.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I simply can not imagine my life without it. Every direction I turn, I have guidance and love and peace in my life. I am warmed by the knowledge that my Savior knows and loves me personally. I am grateful beyond words to be a member of a church that is the same organization that existed in the primitive church, with Jesus Christ at the head of it. Armed with this knowledge , I can turn to the Lord in scripture and prayer and follow the teachings I find there and in the gospel. I know that when I do this, I will be on the right course in my life. It makes sense to me, that the Lord would provide a prophet in these days to guide and direct us. When my family joined together, we were able to be "sealed" in the temple. This sealing was an ordinance that continues our relationship beyond the grave. It makes sense to me that there is so much more to the Lords plan than what we can see here on earth, and to have eternal blessings in the temple remind me that my Father in Heaven loves me, and wants me to be happy, not just now, but forever. I'm a Mormon because I believe the teachings of the church, because I have read the words of the Book of Mormon, and I believe them to be a true record of an ancient people that were more like me, than I care to admit! I know the Lord has given us a living prophet, today. I'm a Mormon because I know that Jesus Christ was the Savior of the world and the very Son of God, and that He and Father in Heaven appeared to a young boy who had the courage to ask for himself which church could be correct. I believe the boy Joseph, that became the prophet Joseph, and I will be forever grateful for the joy and direction it brings into my life.

How I live my faith

I have been a Sunday School teacher for the past five years. I love teaching from the scriptures and feel a bit selfish because I learn far more from preparing my lessons than I teach! I am also a piano player for the youth organization called the primary, and I am a visiting teacher. I like to visit the sisters on my list, that are not more friends than women I am assigned to. When I was ill and going through very strong treatment plans for my cancer, the members of my congregation , called a ward, were there for me every step of the way. The brought meals and flowers and gave me rides and took care of my children, but most of all, just cared about how I was doing. I was so proud to be a part of such wonderful giving and caring people!