Hi I'm Rachel!
I'm the wife of Russell, the mother of thirteen children, a homeschool teacher, choir singer and director, and I'm a Mormon.
I am wife to my true love and a mother of thirteen homeschooled children. Each week I sing with an amazing multi-denominational choir. Our music pieces are primarily focused on the Savior, Jesus Christ, and it is such a privilege to mingle my voice with those of hundreds of others in praises to God. Every other school year, I teach a weekly Shakespeare class to a large group of homeschooled students ages twelve to eighteen. The light and excitement I see on their faces as they are inspired by the words and lessons of Shakespeare make all the hard work of teaching and producing a play worth the time and effort. I also enjoy blogging about motherhood and homemaking, reading classic literature and singing with my family. Other interests include costume design and sewing, reading aloud to my children, and going out on weekly dates with my dear husband.
Why I am a Mormon
I am so thankful to have the great example of my parents, grandparents, and generations of ancestors who have come before me. They sacrificed much in their own lives to bless their posterity, and I am fortunate enough to reap the blessings of the Gospel, as a result. But my own personal testimony does not come from the traditions of my forefathers. I was taught the Gospel as a child, but then as a youth, I started re-examining everything that my parents had taught me. And I found out for myself through much prayer and personal study of the scriptures, that the Gospel is true! That Heavenly Father is the father of my soul, and that he loves me and wants me to return to live with him again. The Holy Spirit let me know that I am one of God's precious daughters, and that he has sent me here to earth to prove that I can be faithful to his plan and purpose for my life. All I had to do was ask, and the Lord let me know the truth in my mind and heart. I know that this gift of testimony is available to ALL who earnestly and sincerely seek for the truth.
How I live my faith
My beliefs are a huge part of my life, and effect every single decision I make. I love going to church each week to get my spiritual cup filled, and I take time every day to privately pray, meditate, and study the scriptures. My husband and I gather our children around us twice each day for family prayer. We add family scripture study in the evenings; it's a wonderful time to connect as a family and discuss the Gospel. My husband and I try to attend the temple at least once each month for a date night. Nothing brings us closer together as a couple than growing closer to God as individuals! I really enjoy directing our congregation's choir and organizing the music for our church meetings each Sunday. I have a strong testimony of the importance of inspiring music in our worship services, as well as in our everyday lives. I personally feel closer to God when I listen to or sing beautiful music.