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Hi I'm Rachel J. Chesney

A Mother and director of sales for Marriott hotels; I'm Passionate About Hospitality, Family, Music, & Learning. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I seem to be in constant movement. I love adventures like sky diving, exploring the world (or even my own city), fast roller coasters, high speed cars, and books that bring it all to my own room. I love people. I love learning from them and understanding why they are the way they are and what inspires and motivates them. My strength and confidence comes form the Lord and the amazing people He has placed in my life. I am a new mother with all my ambitions and desires centered in making my home filled with the Spirit of Christ for my baby and spouse. I work as a director of sales for two Marriott hotels in Scottsdale, Arizona. I occasionally travel to other cities around the country to assist other sales teams to improve their hotels. I love staying active, through service in my community. I love to laugh with my family and friends! I travel, read, sing, and dance any opportunity I get!

Why I am a Mormon

Life can be so difficult to manage all the good things and try to avoid the bad. In my marriage to a wonderful man of my faith and recently becoming a mother, I need guidance and help to make choices to unite us through an ever separating, isolating, and "self" focused world. Being a Mormon helps me focus on Jesus Christ and the plan God has for me. I have learned how to pray, recognize answers to those prayers, and how to receive the power and courage to make choices. By following Jesus Christ, keeping promises I made with Him through baptism, and carefully studying the words of His prophets each day, I am filled with happiness and peace. I know God lives and that He has provided a sure plan to help me have eternal joy. Jesus Christ is central to that plan to help me receive healing, cleansing from sin, and power to choose righteously. To give me added guidance and help, Jesus Christ directs living prophets and apostles to clarify and teach according to His will. The world gets so confusing and I lean on Jesus Christ and His servants to help me recognize a sure way to happiness. I am so happy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to see and love others the way the Lord sees and loves them. I attend church and participate in activities. One of my privileges is to visit other women from my congregation to help encourage them and support them in their life. I support others who are serving by teaching, inviting people in my home to be taught by missionaries, singing in the choir, and serving in the temple.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Rachel J. Chesney
Who feels like they can make it through difficulties of this life on their own? We make poor decisions that lead to sin. Sin seperates us from God and the influence of His Spirit. Jesus Christ provided the way, through His atonement, to allow us to repent and become clean from sin. As mortal beings, we also will eventually die. Because of Jesus Christ, everyone will be resurrected, meaning that we will regain our body after death and be able to have eternal life. I have felt the power of Christ's saving atonement through repentance. I have felt His unfailing love that has brought me peace as I've recommitted to keep His commandments. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Rachel J. Chesney
Missionaries help families and individuals focus on Jesus Christ and His teachings. They invite people to pray, study the scriptures, learn to receive answers to those prayers, and encourage people and families to make changes that will help them live God's commandments. Missionaries prayerfully study and prepare to teach each individual, so their specific needs and concerns can be discussed. Heavenly Father knows each person individually, and He directs His missionaries to teach His children in a manner that will help them receive peace, happiness, and direction. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Rachel J. Chesney
Mormons proselyte because we love the Lord and we take His commandment to bring all people to Him, seriously. The closer I feel to the Savior, the more I love others and desire to serve them. As a disciple, or servant and representative of Jesus Christ, members of the Church of Jesus Christ have the privilege and opportunity to volunteer to dedicate 18 months or more to proselyting and teaching the doctrine of Christ, as a full time missionary. People, not of the LDS faith, who love the Lord, will recognize His servants. They will be receptive and welcome these missionaries into their homes. Every family and individual benefits from following the instructions and guidance from inspired missionaries of the Lord, Jesus Christ. As they put into practice the commandments they learn, they find an added strength in their lives and a closeness to the Savior. These missionaries truly are servants of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Rachel J. Chesney
Members of our faith revere Joseph Smith, who received a miraculous vision of God our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, in 1820. When Joseph Smith prayed to ask God which church he should join, he had followed counsel from the bible (James 1:5) where he was told that he could ask God and receive an answer without being reprimanded for not knowing the answer beforehand. The response to his prayer was a personal visitation from our Eternal Father and His Son, our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. This was the first vision of Joseph Smith, the beginning of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ (as foretold in the bible as the dispensation of the fullness of times or the restoration of all things). Although God has personally visited prophets in the Old Testament such as Moses and Abraham, and personally ministered among the people in New Testament times, it had been centuries since Christ's resurrection. To fully prepare for the world for a second coming, God needed to call another prophet in these "last days" (last days before the 2nd coming and millennial days) to restore all things He had organized in former times, for the salvation of mankind. Show more Show less

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

Rachel J. Chesney
Mormon women have similar hopes, dreams, and ambitions as any other female you may know. Uniquely, many mormon women have an increased focus on faith and family. Mormon women set goals, motivate peers, focus on education, career, and family growth. Chasity, virtue, and modesty are priorities for women in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons believe in equality of men and women. Women and men work together to raise families, lead, teach, and strengthen organization within the church. I teach the youth in Sunday school, have led the women's organization called Relief Society, the largest women's organization in the world, and have led meetings as a missionary in Texas. We are commonly the first to volunteer and organize humanitarian efforts in our communities. I have always felt revered and respected by men in my family and church. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Rachel J. Chesney
No. We are a world-wide organization and religious leaders do not counsel for specific political party selection. All members are guided on principles that have eternal importance to the growth of individuals and families. These principles of righteousness, if fully lived and practiced, will build stronger communities, states, countries, and nations. All individuals are encouraged to participate as active citizens in their local residence. Everyone benefits when citizens act in their own conscience and make choices that lead to united families and communities. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Rachel J. Chesney
God loves all His children and has commanded us to take on the name of Jesus Christ, through baptism, that we can be made clean and be able to have eternal life. This baptism must be authorized by God, through the priesthood power He gives to men on earth. The priesthood has the power to perform God's work on earth that is binding and is still enforced after death. This priesthood power was given by Jesus Christ to His disciples Peter, James, and John. This same authority was given to Joseph Smith in the 1800's when commanded to restore the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. While there are people in the world who do not have the opportunity to be baptized by God's priesthood authority while alive, those people have posterity and friends who have a desire for their welfare. A baptized person in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can go to a temple on behalf of a friend or family member that has died without this necessary saving ordinance of baptism. This enables the family member or friend that has died to accept the fullness of Christ's atonement and gospel, if they so choose. Although it may not be immediately known to the living member if that person has or will accept the gospel of Jesus Christ, it is a great hope and act of love that extends beyond the grave. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Rachel J. Chesney
The atonement of Christ is possibly the most sacred and important aspect of my testimony. The act of the atonement is the physical sacrifice of Jesus Christ on behalf of all mankind. The reason that is so powerful is because that means He suffered for you and for me. It was personal. Prior to physically suffering death on the cross, He suffered pains and temptations above more than any mortal could endure that resulted in Him bleeding from every pore. This aspect of the atonement assured that all mankind, you and I, could overcome spiritual death, or sin, because we all fall short of God's glory. Sin makes us unclean and unable to be in God's presence. As he suffered death on the cross and resurrected three days later, He also overcame physical death, allowing all mankind to be resurrected. So, Christ's suffering and resurrection made it possible for us to return home to Heavenly Father and be able to stay, if we accept the atonement of Christ on our behalf. When I repent, I can feel the weight of sin lifted from my shoulders, through the power of the Atonement of Christ. I am truly made clean. It is the greatest gift the world and all eternities has given. Truly an act of divine love. Show more Show less