Hi I'm Rachele
I am a mother of 4 beautiful children including a set of identical twins - yet I've only given birth to one child. I love to teach and make beautiful things. I am amazed at the amount of talent and creativity in the world and love spending time seeking out the creativity of others. I love books, like to cook, bake and entertain. Gift giving is a passion, especially when the gift is something I've made. I love the sun and flowers. I have always wanted to be one of those very talented people that give you goosebumps when the perform. Instead I play music on the piano and sing in the comfort of my own home. :)
Why I am a Mormon
I grew up in a predominately Mormon community with a father of a different faith. I struggled with being different and I had to learn for myself what I believed. As a young adult I had little support or guidance in my life. I went down a path that did not bring joy to my life. When I was expecting my only biological daughter I knew I needed to change. I wanted more for her than I ever wanted for myself. Even though I had steered far from Mormon teachings I knew deep inside that true happiness waited there. I wasn't strong enough at the time to live differently for me, but I was strong enough to live differently for my unborn daughter. I wanted to give her the chance to live a life knowing who she was and to help her avoid the pitfalls that did so much ruin my own self-esteem. I determined that I would live the gospel of Jesus Christ and she would know from her earliest memories that she was a child of God. I went to church sure that everyone there would judge and see right through me. Instead they opened their arms and gave me opportunities to serve. My husband joined the church in 2005 and we were sealed to our 4 children in 2007. My life has never been easy, but it sure has been worth it.
How does making right choices help us make more right choices?
I believe that light is truth. If you walked in to darkness from the light you would find yourself almost blind and the same is also true going from darkness into light. It is however, almost imperceptible when the light of morning breaks through the night and by the time the light is full and the day has dawned our eyes are adjusted and our sight is unimpaired. The same is true for spiritual light. Every time we make a choice that is right or good, we step closer to the light of Christ. The light becomes easier and easier to see. The dark also becomes easier and easier to recognize. Even a small amount of light in a dark room is easy to recognize. The closer we get to the light of Christ the less and less we want to step back into the blindness of sin.
How I live my faith
When I went back to church in 1997 an inspired Relief Society President called me to serve as her secretary of our woman's organization. Since that time I have served in the woman's organization in many capacities, given dozens of lessons to both woman and children, taught hundreds of primary children to sing primary songs and hymns, led several adult choirs, played the piano for both adults and kids, served in the Young Women's organization (12-18 year old girls), planned dozens of learning and recreational activities for women (both old and young) and planned many church social gatherings. Currently I'm serving as a teacher in Relief Society (our woman's organization) and as visiting teacher. Visiting teaching encourages us to care for several sisters on an individual basis to help each of us remember our importance to our loving Father in Heaven. Serving in the Church gives me a sense of worth and belonging I've never felt in any other way.