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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a pianist, a runner, a wife, and a stay-at-home Mom

About Me

I'm in my mid 20's and am very happily married. I also have two kids, a boy and a girl. I enjoy music (composing, singing, playing the piano) sewing, hiking, and reading. I love Deaf culture and American Sign Language. I live in Texas and love it here! I have a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family and Human Development from Brigham Young University. I work about 6 hrs a week for a software company.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of the direction it gives me in the crazy world we live in today. There are so many opinions out there and I know that I can turn to my Heavenly Father whenever I need to and He will give me direction and guidance and the answers I need. No matter what kind of day I'm having, I always feel better after reading from The Book of Mormon. It's amazing the Spirit that book can bring into my life. The best way I can describe this is just light. When I read The Book of Mormon and when I pray I feel as though light has entered me and will carry me through whatever I'm going through, whether it's a long, hard trial or just a hard, sleep-deprived day. Trials come to everyone. But they don't have to become bad experiences. There don't have to be any bad experiences, just difficult ones. Having the Church in my life helps me to grow and learn from my difficult experiences. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are there, that They know what's going on in my life and that They care about what's going on in my life. They love me more than I can even imagine. Through the Church I've learned about a loving Heavenly Father who has given me everything I need to return back to Him and live with Him forever. He gave me His Son, Jesus Christ, who sacrificed everything for me. I love them and know that by continuing faithfully in this Church I can draw closer to them and do what They want me to do.

How I live my faith

I attend church meetings weekly and am grateful for the chance we have for three meetings each week. We have sacrament meeting where we all have the opportunity to partake of the sacrament. This helps us remember the Savior's atonement. We also have Sunday School where we meet with our peers and learn from the scriptures The Bible and The Book of Mormon. We then have meetings with just the women or just the men. I love this because I'm able to relate to women who live around me and we're able to discuss gospel topics and grow together. My ward church group does a lot of social activities as well. This helps us draw closer together and creates more unity. It's fun getting to know people and making new friends. I'm grateful for weekly meetings to help me keep my focus and learn from those around me.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is just a way of saying what we believe in. My testimony is my specific beliefs in the gospel and its doctrines. A testimony is always changing and growing. It is based on personal experiences from reading the scriptures, praying, hearing speakers in church meetings, or from other experiences that happen throughout your life. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Mormons believe that intimacy is something sacred that has been given to us from our Heavenly Father. Because of this we should treat it with respect and use it only as God as directed us to. This means only participating in intimacy with your husband or wife. It also means not reading, watching, or looking at inappropriate things and keeping your thoughts pure and virtuous. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

We believe that we are divine Sons and Daughters of Heavenly Father. We want to become like our Father and live forever with Him. It's hard for our mortal minds to comprehend life lasting eternally. But if you think about our loving Heavenly Father then the alternative a life that ends doesn't make any sense. Show more Show less