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Rachel: convert, mom, baking, reader, divorced, cooking, Mormon.

Hi I'm Rachel

About Me

I'm a 40-something divorced mom of 3 daughters who range from 10-15. I grew up agnostic, and joined the church at age 37. I've worked in education and computers, then stayed home for 12 years raising my daughters. Post-divorce I went back to work part-time. I love to read and cook, and love having lots of kids in my house.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up agnostic in New England. I moved to Texas, met my now ex-husband, and had my first baby. After she was born I started going to a Unitarian Universalist church again, and my beliefs started leaning more toward the pagan. 10 years and 2 more children later, I was back in New England, couldn't find a UU church that felt right, was dealing with a chronic illness, and my marriage was floundering. I told a friend I envied his faith, and he started talking to me about it. I watched the October General Conference for 2008, and pestered my friend with questions throughout the following Monday. I started reading The Book of Mormon, went to church, and felt like I had come home. My daughters and I started meeting with the Sister Missionaries, and everything felt right. We were baptized on the weekend after Thanksgiving. Our family prayed to know that the Book of Mormon was true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and felt the Holy Ghost reassuring us that it was true. I found that if I could believe the Book of Mormon was truly a testament of prophets, then it followed that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that Jesus visited the Americas after his resurrection. As I found my belief, or testimony, in one area strengthening, my belief becomes tested, and then strengthened in another area as well. I had been bedridden for a couple of years with Lyme Disease, but now, after following the Word of Wisdom, I bike 4 1/2 miles each way to work. Our family has been blessed in numerous ways by our membership in the Church. I'm so grateful that I listened when my friend started talking about his faith!

How I live my faith

I'm a teacher for the 8-9 year olds in our church. I love this - they're so fun, and I just love teaching in general. It's great to delve into topics with them and see what they find most interesting in the lesson. I visit two women in the ward every month, either by phone or in person, and it's wonderful to have that contact, and to offer to help. I live my faith through how I parent, the rules in our home, and how we structure our days and weeks.