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Hi I'm Rachel

I live in an Alaskan Native village. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the mother of 3 beautiful children, the wife of an Alaska State Trooper. We move around a lot because of my husbands job. God, Family, Faith, Freedom are my core beliefs. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a foundation I stand on, no matter how much the rest of my life changes. And my life changes a lot as we move from post to post in the State of Alaska.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born of goodly parents, raised to love the Savior and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. When I was 16 that faith was tested when a loved one, who's testimony I had always trusted, left the church forever. It was at that point that the faith of my parents was no longer enough for me, if I was going to continue to believe and follow then I needed to know for myself. I studied the scriptures, fasted, and prayed very hard. After a while the witness came that I already knew for myself. The gospel of Jesus Christ is true. Deep down I had known it all along. Joseph Smith truly was a prophet of God, who restored the true church upon the earth, and the teachings in the Book of Mormon and Bible are completely true. Upon finding my answer, I resolved never to rely on the faith of men again. I knew the truth and if everyone around me should fall I will not reject what I know to be true. My trust and faith are in the Lord, my testimony comes from him and I will hold tight to that faith forever.

How I live my faith

I live in a village called Unalakleet, and I'm currently the only member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints living here. The closest church or fellow member is a boat ride, plane ride, or ride on the iditarod trail away. I'm blessed to be able to be part of what's called a phone branch. Members in other villages join together on conference call and we participate in all of the meetings you'd find in a regular Latter Day Saint church setting. I teach primary lessons to my children, and read the scripture stories to them every day. I visit teach sisters in our branch, by phone call, letter or email, sharing lessons about the gospel and my testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Even though I haven't met most of the people I attend church with, I have a deep love and appreciation for them. They share their faith and testimony in our church lessons, and I feel close to them through the spirit of the Lord. It is like we are already friends when we do have a chance to meet. I know Heavenly Father loves all his children, with all of their unique stories and unique situations. I feel His presence in my life as I work to pattern my life after him, and share his teachings with family. And even though I'm far from other members, I know that I'm exactly were Heavenly Father wants me to be.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Rachel
I'm a faithful member and have been to the temple to receive my endowments or blessings. My husband doesn't know if he believes in God, and he has not been to the temple. When I first went to the temple I made sacred covenants or promises to God, that I would always keep the commandments as they have been taught by Jesus Christ and his holy prophets. I receive blessings from the Lord by diligently honoring these promises. Before I went to the temple, I prepared myself by living the commandments faithfuly so that I could make my covenants knowing that I was prepared to keep them. My husband who does not have a testimony of Jesus Christ would not be able to to enter the temple and make those same covenants. It would be a mistake for him to make promises to God, if he were unwilling or unable to keep them, because he would still be responsible for keeping those covenants even if he was not properly prepared to make them. I pray every day that my husband will one day have enough faith in Jesus Christ that he will worthily enter the temple and receive his endowment. The church does not want to prevent anyone from going to the temple. Rather every man, and women from every race and nation is invited to prepare themselves to worthily enter the sacred House of the Lord and receive the promised blessings! Show more Show less