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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a Mormon. I was raised as a Catholic, but made the decision to join the LDS Church and was baptized in 2008.

About Me

I'm a stay at home mother of three boys. Before my children were born, I worked in the non-profit field and am still working on a Masters degree in non-profit management. My life is pretty crazy and loud, as you can imagine with three active boys. I love to read and hang out with my husband and sons.

Why I am a Mormon

When I first started dating my husband, I told him that I supported his membership in the Church, but I would never convert. I was a practicing Catholic and had no desire to learn more about the Church at that time. I knew that my husband had a very strong testimony and we would have very interesting discussions about religion. I started attending Church with him after our first son was born. I really enjoyed the people that I met there. They were so nice and welcoming. I felt so much love there. The missionaries asked if I would take the discussions from them. At first I resisted. I had no problem inviting them to our home for dinner and a short lesson for the family, but I wasn't ready for the full discussions. It took me almost a year before I felt I was ready to hear from them. I knew in my heart that I didn't want to commit to something so important until it felt right. After a couple of months, I felt that my Heavenly Father was speaking to me through the Holy Ghost, that I belonged in this Church, that it would help lead me home to Him. So, I was baptized on my 30th birthday and my husband, oldest son and I were sealed as a family one year later. It's not always easy to be a member of the Church. There are many misconceptions about this religion that can lead some people to anger, but it's worth it. I know that when I'm following God's plan for us, that I am happy.

How I live my faith

My callings include serving as a visiting teacher, as well as teaching the nine and ten year olds in Primary (sunday school.) I have so much fun in both of these callings. As a visiting teacher, I get to go with my companion and teach a spiritual message to three women from Church. We get to visit and catch up, as well as offer help to those women in any way that they need it. I also love teaching the children. They are so wonderful and full of spirit and love. I'm so lucky to be able to serve in the Church in these ways.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Rachel
Before joining the Church, I had heard negative things about how women are treated in the Mormon Church. I thought that some of the beliefs (or what I thought were the beliefs) created an environment where women were treated as second class. Since marrying my husband (who was raised in the LDS Church) and taking the discussions, I have learned just the opposite. The reverence, respect and love that men have for women in this Church is so evident. Women are so very important to our Heavenly Father and to the family and that is taught and repeated almost every Sunday at Church. The way that I have seen husbands of the Church treat their wives is with total respect and love The Prophet and Apostles always speak so lovingly about their wives and mothers. Show more Show less