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Hi I'm Rachel

I am a wife, mother, book reader, blog writer, word lover. I am a collector of quotes, a farm girl at heart and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a dairy farm, in the western part of the United States of America, where I learned to love work from my father and refinement from my mother. I attended an university for 2 years, and then put my formal education on hold to raise a family. Now, twenty years later, I am preparing to go back to finish my degree. I have six beautiful children who have been, and continue to be, my life's work. My marriage is my greatest investment and so it is important to me to devote time and effort into ensuring that my husband remains my dearest friend. I cherish my family relationships and enjoy making memories through laughter, hard work and meaningful experiences. I have a passion for good books, movies and music that uplift and enlighten my mind and have continued to become educated, informally, through the years by pursuing a love of these things. I enjoy organizing, working in my yard, spending time with my children and dating my husband. I am passionate about the things I believe to be true.

Why I am a Mormon

There comes a time in every person's life, when we have to weigh what we have been taught with what we deeply believe as individuals. Questions have come during my adolescence. Trials and challenges have come with adulthood, but through personal study, reflection and prayer, the doctrines of this church and the confirmations of the Spirit have continually reaffirmed my belief and commitment to this fully restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that God continues to talk to his children, through personal prayer and through living, modern day prophets. I know that I am a daughter of divine origin, that I have a heavenly father and mother who love me and have a plan for my life. I know that I have the potential to live with them again and eventually be like them if I devote my life to the teachings of the gospel and am obedient to the commandments that have been given to help me find freedom and joy. I have had many spiritual experiences in my life where I have felt the influence of my Heavenly Father and my brother Jesus Christ, through affirmations of the Holy Spirit, who is the third member in the Godhead, the three of which I know work together as a presidency. I know that Christ atoned for my sins, and knows how to succor me in my weaknesses, heartaches, confusion and times of loneliness, because he has experienced all of our thoughts and feelings in a way that I do not fully comprehend, but that I know absolutely to be true. Because of the true gospel of Jesus Christ, I know who I am. I know I have a purpose and what that purpose is. This direction helps me see life's path clearly before me and imbues me with hope in the future, even as the world around me seems to be tossed to and fro by confusion and doubt. There are times when I too become spiritually distracted and even disoriented, but the gospel is a sure compass and always leads me back to a steady course and a fixed destination which keeps me grounded and pressing forward with determination and peace.

How I live my faith

I strive to live what I believe by trying to be a good neighbor, a good friend, a good family member and by taking a positive stand, when I feel that my beliefs are threatened, in my children's schools, in my community, or in the world around me. I am surrounded by many good people who are not of my faith but who set examples of service, kindness and love, and inspire me to better live my religion. I have spent the last 19 years of my life devoted to raising children who know who they are, will be confident in what they stand for, honest in their dealings and kind to their fellow man. The fruits of those labors are now being harvested as I see them contributing in valuable ways to the world around them. I learn how to be a better person from them, every day.

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

Rachel
I believe that we lived as spirits before we came to earth, that we were sent here to gain physical bodies which help us learn and grow and that we will continue to progress after we die and do so eternally, under the tutelage of a Heavenly Father, who is God. I believe that our goal is to emulate him and that our potential is limitless. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Rachel
Families are the basic organization of the church. I believe that all mankind lived as family before we were born and that the most important thing we will do here, is learn to live successfully as earthly families, linked together with our ancestors and descendants. I believe that our family relationships are what will refine us and temper us and help us to reach our individual potential in this life and that eternal family relationships are our goal after we die. However, those eternal familial relationships can only be eternal if we are obedient to God's commandments and our sealed together. Our experiences and service in the church are appendages to help us reach our potential as families. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Rachel
I believe that the Bible is a record of ancient civilization and prophets, who were commanded to keep journals so that the words of God would be passed from generation to generation, and so that we would have a road map to follow and could learn from the experiences of previous generations. I believe that through the years, apostasy and mistranslation has caused some errors in the Bible and that some of the truths have been lost or distorted, but I also believe that many of those mistakes have been revealed to modern day prophets and have been restored. I also believe that through the companionship study of the Book of Mormon that many doctrines in the Bible have been made plain and simple and that together they give us the fullness of the gospel. I love the Bible and have learned to love my Savior through my continued daily study of it. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Rachel
We do not worship Joseph Smith. We are grateful for his sacrifices and for his integrity. We are indebted to him for his devotion and preparation and worthiness that allowed him to be an instrument in the Lord's hands to restore the Church of Jesus Christ, in it's fullness, back to the earth. We revere him as a prophet, just as we revere Noah, Abraham, Moses and all of the prophets of ancient days, just as we revere our living prophet today, who is Thomas S. Monson. We believe that the Lord directs his prophets today, and during the restoration, just as he did in Old Testament times. We do worship our Heavenly Father, who is God, and we worship his Son--our brother and Savior--who is Jesus Christ. This is His church; He has been commissioned by our Heavenly Father to lead and guide it's affairs. We believe that He led it in ancient days and is leading it still. Show more Show less