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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a mom and step-mom to 9 children (including twins!). I'm a teacher with a Master's degree and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I remarried in 2010, I became a step-mom to 5 children, in addition to my own 2 children, all ages 15-8. My husband and I added twins last August. I love having lots of family around me, but it's not always easy (especially in a blended family situation with various schedules). Divorce is painful. However, we are committed to our family. We believe that the family is the core unit of society. We strive to strengthen ourselves spiritually through prayer, scripture study, and church attendance. We also like to do fun things together such as holiday cooking, camping, going to the beach, visiting museums and zoos, and watching movies. Education is an important part of my life and the lives of our children. I have a Bachelor's Degree in American Studies, 4 teaching credentials (Multiple Subject-K-8th, and Single Subject-Math, Science, and Social Studies), a bilingual Spanish teaching certificate, and a Master's Degree in Educational Technology. Computers, the Internet, and other technological tools are great ways to help students learn and prepare for future careers as well as a great way to share a little about myself and my beliefs in Jesus Christ. Recently, I taught middle school math and science in a Spanish-speaking, lower income area. I love learning, I love teaching, and I loved being able to communicate with many of the families. I encourage my students to seek higher education. But most importantly, I love using my knowledge to help our children learn and grow.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, however, we are encouraged to gain a testimony of our own. When I was 12, I decided to pray about the church. I felt the witness of the Holy Ghost testifying that it was true. The Holy Ghost can testify in many ways. For me, it is usually a burning feeling in the bosom. In the scriptures, it has also been described as a clarity of thought and a feeling of peace and/or comfort. It takes effort to recognize the Holy Ghost, but once felt, it is undeniable. Since that time my faith has continued to grow as I do my best to live the gospel each day. I am happy when I choose to live the gospel and I want to be happy each day. 

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day by trying to follow the teachings of the Savior -- to love and serve one another and obey the commandments. I pray often and strive to read scriptures each day. I attend church meetings each week and I also attend the temple each month. I'm not perfect, but I keep trying. Each day is a new challenge and I want to be a better person. When I make mistakes, I can pray to God for forgiveness. When I feel the warmth and reassurance of the Holy Ghost, I know that I have been forgiven through Christ's atonement. I also know that my best is good enough.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Rachel
You need to pray and ask God. Only the Holy Ghost can testify of its truthfulness. The scriptures describe the influence of the Holy Ghost as a "burning" of the bosom, a feeling of peace, or enlightenment of the mind. It is knowing of a surety that God loves you. It is also embracing God's commandments knowing that He wants us to be happy. Show more Show less