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Hi I'm Rachael

I'm 23. Australian and lover of all things Aussie. Recently engaged. University Graduate in Nursing. And a Mormon!

About Me

Hi! My name is Rachael, I'm a proud Australian and I love to go to the beach, spend time with my friends and family, and at the moment I'm really looking forward to marrying my fiance Dale in our Temple in January. A little background on me is that I spent 3 years at university studying to be a registered nurse, which I love because it gives me lots of opportunities to help and meet people. I love to go on little adventures around Tasmania, the island where I live, and explore the bays, mountains, waterfalls and rivers that cover our great state. I usually do my exploring with Dale, my sisters or the young adult group of the church, sometimes all at once! I have two sisters and one brother, me and my sisters still live at home with our parents, and we have a lot of fun together. Much of my free time is spent with them, Dale or my friends at church. I just enjoy being an average Aussie girl, I like to shop, watch movies, sew, explore the world, exercise, learn, read books and try lots of other new things. But the most important thing to me is learning how I can be more like my Saviour Jesus Christ and making my life and the lives of people around me better because I'm trying to be like Him.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a mormon because I've learned step by step through my life that God is real and he loves me. My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints just after they were married so I have known it all my life, but I'm not a member because my parents are. I've tested the teachings of the church by living them, trying them out, and my heart is filled with peace and hope for the future. Now I love to live the teachings of Jesus Christ, and this church has them all put together in their perfect form with Christ leading us through his prophets. I feel confident in myself when I live what I know, and by being mormon I've learned where I came from, what I'm here for and where I'm going. I've read the Book of Mormon and I know that it's true, I've felt it and every time I read I learn more about myself and Heavenly Father's plan for us all, and all he wants for us is to be truly happy. I've never been hurt by living Heavenly Father's plan, but I have been hurt when I've not been completely true to it. I know that there is more joy and good things out there for me and for everyone if we would only follow our Saviour Jesus Christ. You can't know the joy of the gospel unless you try it, I have and I know that joy, I definitely recommend everyone try it!

How I live my faith

How I am at church is how I am at home and at work. Living as a mormon doesn't stop when you leave the chapel doors, its a lifestyle. My Faith in Jesus Christ directs my choices, it helps me to think of others before my self, to care for and respect the world around me and to feel truly happy even through the difficult parts of life. I go to church on Sundays and an extra religion study class called Institute on Thursdays. At church I have responsibilities, like being the music leader in our general meeting, a teacher in Sunday School, and being a ward missionary which means that I spend time with new members and others learning about our church, helping them to understand what we do and why we do it, hopefully helping them to feel comfortable as they have new and different experiences. As a member of our women's organisation, Relief Society, I am paired up with a wonderful lady who is over 30 years older than me, we visit and teach other women in our area once a month to make sure they're ok and to get to know them better. We are all of different ages and backgrounds but I would still consider them to be as close to me as anyone my age. Also as a young person in the church I spend time with other young single people to get to know them and have a lot of fun. We usually play games, explore nature, have bonfires, eat food we love to eat, and talk about whatever, there's really no end to the fun we have.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Rachael
If you have a friend or colleague that is an active member of the mormon church by al means talk to them, but if you don't you can always come to one of the meeting houses on Sunday or speak to the mormon missionaries in your area. They are usually pair of young people who are well prepared to share the message of the gospel with you. Please if you want to talk to someone in person about mormons and who they are find a mormon. If you wanted to know about plumbing you'd call a plumber, you wouldn't ask your local ballet teacher. Mormon.org has a lot of mormons who are ready to help you so you're in the right place. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Rachael
Yes, any religion that follows the teachings of Jesus Christ are Christian and the formal name of the mormon church is 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints'. We definitely follow Jesus Christ and we are Christian. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Rachael
Relief Society is the name of the women's organisation in the mormon church. When a woman 18 or above is baptised she automatically becomes part of the sisterhood of the church. We are all daughters of God and in relief society we learn about the divinity of women and our role in Heavenly Father's plan. We also learn about each other, how we can do our best with our lives and importantly the teachings of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Rachael
A human life no matter the stage of development it has achieved is sacred. We believe that abortion is not the course of action that should be taken when a baby is 'unwanted'. If the safety of the mother is compromised or certain serious reasons are involved there may be some allowance, but for the majority of pregnancies it would be better for a child to be allowed it's chance at life through adoption or other means than to destroy it and cause physical, emotional and spiritual trauma to those involved. Heavenly Father needs us to protect his children. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Rachael
Perhaps unknowingly many people dress in a way that exposes their body and encourages very powerful feelings in others. Creative/reproductive powers are very good and were created by God to help married couples grow closer together and have families. Immodestly can stir up these powers in others even if they don't want them, by covering our bodies appropriately we allow others to treat us with respect, know us for our inner worth and save experiences which should be treated with great respect and sacredness for the right time. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Rachael
 Yes I do, I believe that God loved the people that Moses lead and taught just as much as he loves us, so like they had Moses, we also have a Prophet who loves us and wants the best for us. God will never leave his people alone again. Show more Show less