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Hi I'm Rachel.

I am a half-Japanese, semi-vegetarian cellist. I teach music, love kids, and love to cook. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised Mormon in Texas, and am now living with my husband of almost 2 years (also Mormon) in Pennsylvania. I'm a musician and a music teacher, I love to read, and I LOVE to cook and bake-- I'm always trying out new recipes! I hate running, but I love the way I feel afterward. Right now, I'm busy trying to create my dream life.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel has brought me peace. It has helped me to learn and progress. It has afforded me opportunities to serve, and with that, to grow in love for my fellow man and for my Father in Heaven. Without my knowledge of God's love for me, and of His plan for all of us, life would be dark, dismal, and hopeless. With the hope of the gospel comes a life of light, joy, and peace.

How I live my faith

I've been blessed to be able to use my talents in the church--in fact, the opportunities I've been given to serve have influenced my career goals. I have been teaching in the church since I was a teenager, almost continuously, and this training has helped me to pursue a career in education. As a musician in the church, I get many opportunities to play in our Sunday worship services and for other occasions like baptisms, regional meetings, and special programs.

What is faith?

I heard it defined once by one of my church leaders that "faith is the power that moves knowledge to action." If we believe something, we employ our faith when we act upon it. To me, that means that we exercise our faith in prayer by praying sincerely and believing that our God will hear and answer our petitions. Faith always requires some type of action on our part. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

There may exist, depending on your geographic location, a stereotype of the "Mormon lifestyle," but there's really no clear-cut answer to that question. We try to live clean lives, but that doesn't necessarily mean that we all make it there 100% of the time. We believe in abstaining from alcohol and other drugs, but that doesn't always happen, either. There is no one way to be a Mormon, and maybe the only thing we have in common is a love for and a desire to follow our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, through the guidance of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less