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Hi I'm Rachel

That's Hebrew for 'Little Lamb.'

About Me

I grew up, went to college, got married, and go to work. I'd consider myself pretty much the normal everyday Jane, so to say, just trying to make it through this life like everyone else.

Why I am a Mormon

Why not? I've never really tried to explain that before. I'll get back to you on this... ...well, it's because... hmm... As I've thought about this, there are many answers that came to mind. Peace and joy, the ability to be with my family for all eternity, the hope that there is more than this life, or the direct guidance and protection available by staying close to our Heavenly Father are some examples. But... There's not really any one reason why I live His Gospel. There's a million and one reasons. Today it might be because He loved me first. Tomorrow, it might be because of the support of the community available in my ward. Yesterday, it was because I am grateful for the gifts He has given me. (That may be the reason next week too... we'll see...) It's a choice. Some people only need to make the choice once in their lifetime. Others make the choice to follow Christ and the Gospel each morning when they wake up.

How I live my faith

Being faithful to me doesn't mean parting the Jordan river or other large miracles. Actually, it is much simplier than that. It is a matter of choosing who I want to be and moving towards that each day. I move closer to who I believe I can be by reading daily in the scriptures and praying to our Heavenly Father. Sometimes, life throws us a curve ball. It is in those moments that our character is built and refined. It is those moments that the guidance and instruction found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ are so very vital to our eternal salvation, as well as our relationships here.

What is the First Vision?

Rachel
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints use the term 'First Vision' to describe the beginning of our 'time.' Joseph Smith, the Founder of the Church, prayed to know what God would have him do during a time of religious unrest. While reading the Bible, he came across James 1, verse 5 which taught him to ask God about whatever he was desiring to know. So he did. And boy, did he get an answer?! In fact, God the Father and his Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ personally came to Joseph to give him instruction. In one sentence: The First Vision is the experience where Joseph Smith met our Heavenly Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Show more Show less