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Hi I'm Rachel

I am a Eco-Friendly, Garden Growing, Localvoire Loving, Montessori Mama. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have a degree in Food Science and worked for a short time in Southern California before serving a LDS mission in Tallahassee, Florida. I met my husband while working on a Masters degree in my field. I left my research to move to Dubai when my husband graduated from college. We lived overseas for 14 months and had the privilege of traveling throughout Europe and the Middle East during our stay. The memories and smells of the gardens and markets in Provence, France and Piedmont, Italy have filled my heart with the desire to recreate them in my home. I am an advocate for year around gardening and can't read enough of Eliot Coleman's works. Someday when my babies are grown I plan on expanding my family garden into a beautiful market garden. But for now I am trying to resist digging up my entire backyard so that my kids can have some grass to play on. I am passionate about the barefoot movement, but not passionate enough to give up wearing red high heels on Sunday and special occasions. I love walking, hiking, yoga, and sleeping on the floor. I take great joy in using cloth diapers, especially when Oregon weather accommodates my hanging them outside to dry. And my favorite food group is vegetables. I Love where I Live. I try to Enjoy the Simple Things. Life is Beautiful.

Why I am a Mormon

I seek truth. Values and things that will always be true, no matter the age or circumstance. God reveals truth to men and women when they make the effort to study and ask him. As a child I read the Gospel of John and came to know that Jesus Christ was the Savior of the world. As a young woman I read The Book of Mormon. Each night I prayed and asked God if the book was of Him. Night after night I only felt neutral feelings. As I began reading the final chapters my prayers increased in sincerity until one day I received my answer, a simple warm feeling and a remembrance of all the good things that had come into my life since I had chosen to study the book daily. When I live my life in harmony with the teachings of the prophets, both ancient and modern, I feel peace. Sometimes prophetic counsel doesn't make perfect sense right away, but I know that if I feel that familiar feeling of peace when I pray about things that in time I will understand and in the meanwhile I will walk by faith.

How I live my faith

I spend most of my time within the walls of my home. Daily I work to create a home that promotes peace, learning, order, and faith. I desire my home to be a refuge from the harshness of the world for my spouse, children, and all who enter. I live my faith one kind word at a time, one smile instead of frown, one act of service at a time. I hope that my gift to the world will be a posterity who love and defend freedom, help and serve those around them, and live the teachings of Jesus Christ.

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The Book of Mormon is an ancient record that was kept by prophets, like the Bible. However The Book of Mormon was written by prophets that lived on the American continent. It was translated by a modern prophet, Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Women and men complete each other. Life isn't always ideal, but it is best when we and our children can experience the blessings of a home with a mother and a father. Parents united in vision, desires, and faith provide a safe haven for the children they welcome into their homes. Men and women have different roles within the home. Often our world looks down upon the role of motherhood. There is a pervading feeling that women should work and help support the family. I am educated and have job opportunities but I choose to stay at home with my children. Not everyone has that option - but I am grateful I do because I feel that within me and all women is the divine gift to nurture. It is inherit to our nature. Perhaps I should start telling people I am a full time nurturer. To nurture and raise children is exhausting but rewarding emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Our future is in the hands of our children and I want to be the one who spends the majority of time with them. Show more Show less