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Hi I'm Rickelle

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single woman and currently work as university professor in the United States. Through the journey of becoming a professor, I have had the opportunity to live in many places across the United States and have met wonderful people along the way. I thoroughly enjoy traveling, meeting people, and learning about various cultural beliefs and customs.  

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since I was 8 years old. My household was one in which my parents and siblings believed and practiced our religion. However, during my teenage years, I began to question who I was and what I truly believed in. I can remember wanting to know for myself if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true - did Joseph Smith really see God the Father and Jesus Christ? Was the Book of Mormon the word of God? Did I really believe everything my parents believed? I wanted to know for myself. So, to find out, I read Joseph Smith's own words about seeing God and Jesus Christ and prayed to know of their truthfulness. I'll never forget the overwhelming feeling of peace and clarity that he in fact did see God and Jesus Christ and that through him the Book of Mormon was translated. I knew with a surety that this was true. That experience as a teenager was only the beginning stages of why I chose then and have continued to choose to be a Mormon. During my early 20's I decided to serve as a full-time missionary for my church. I knew as a missionary I would be sharing my thoughts and conviction of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon being another testament of Jesus Christ. In preparation for this event, I decided I needed to read the Book of Mormon again, so I could be confident in sharing my belief about this book. That became one of the most spiritual experiences of my life - I read the book for the first time with the sincere desire to be taught from its pages. And I realized every day that I didn't want to put the book down because of what it was teaching me and how I felt. I can distinctly remember the day I got to the section in the Book of Mormon that told about Jesus Christ visiting the people of the Americas after His resurrection. I felt the Savior's love for us - the people on this Earth. I felt His compassion and power to heal. At that moment, I had no doubt that Jesus is the Christ, that the words in the Book of Mormon uphold and expand the words of Christ in the Bible. I knew these two books stood together to teach us the ways of Christ and how we should live ours lives in order to become our best selves. After this experience, I knew I could with sincere conviction testify to others of its truthfulness and that through Joseph Smith, the true church of Jesus Christ, was restored to the earth. And as a missionary, I had the marvelous opportunity to share my love of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon with others. What a blessing that experience was and what a blessing it is to be a Mormon.  

How I live my faith

I have the privilege to teach youth aged 16-18 years old. This year we are studying the New Testament. I am amazed each week at the insights these youth bring to class - often they teach me things that I had never considered. Their ability to take the teachings of Jesus Christ and apply them to real-life, things they face every day in this world, is inspiring to me. I am also involved in what we call in our church visiting teaching. Basically, women from our congregation are paired together and are asked to visit other women in the congregation every month. It offers an opportunity to love and serve other members in the congregation. I serve as a visiting teacher, but also help to organize the program in our congregation. Being a visiting teacher has been a blessing in my life - especially as a woman, I feel we need other women to talk to, share our thoughts with, and receive strength in living a Christ-centered life. The visiting teaching program does this and builds wonderful life-long friendships. I also serve in family history work. Specifically, I help to extract information from census records into an electronic format. These can then be used by people across the world.