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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a wife and future mother. I'm a journalist, a dancer, a reader, a cook and an avid sports fan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always been a writer. Something about putting words on paper that paint a picture captured my love at a very young age. I've written everything from novel-length stories and poems to newspaper articles and press releases, and I love it! As a senior in print journalism, I hope to use my love of writing to touch the lives of others. When I have time to watch TV, The Food Network is my favorite. I love picking up tips and tricks to use in my own cooking. I usually find a recipe or two to try every time I watch a show. My husband and coworkers get a lot of kitchen experiments to sample, and luckily most of them don't turn out too bad. I'm currently trying to perfect a French meal, including baguettes made from scratch! I hope my experimenting will help me develop skills I can use to make creative, delicious meals for my family. I love other cultures. I lived in France for a month and a half before I got married, drinking in the wonderful culture and history. It was great being able to practice French, which 've studied for eight years. Some of my ancestors are French kings, so it was cool to walk the streets they did and feel that connection with my ancestors. I also love visiting the United Kingdom especially Scotland because my ancestors came from there. Walking the streets of Edinburgh, I can almost feel my ancestors and I appreciate their sacrifice so I could be where I am today. My husband and I recently got married, and married life has been the best! While I have many hobbies, I love just being with my husband the most. Laughing and talking and watching sports gives us a chance to relax from our busy school and work schedules and enjoy time together. We also love social dancing, something we both picked up in college. We even won fifth place in a university competition!

Why I am a Mormon

I can't imagine where I'd be without family. One of the most beautiful doctrines of the Church is that of eternal families. No matter what happens, I can be with my husband again after this life if we both strive every day to be the best we can. Not only that, but I can be with my children and grandchildren, parents and grandparents after this life too. One of the sweetest moments of my life was when my husband and I were married and sealed together for eternity. I can't describe the joy I felt knowing that we were creating a unit that could last forever. From that day forward, we were one and not even death could separate us. Christ made this possible for everyone if they live the gospel. Through His Atonement, we can repent of our sins and become better people. If we do all that we can, we can live with Him again with our loved ones. Recent studies have found that families are the most important unit of society. As Latter-day Saints, we've known that all along. The best things in the world start in families. Children learn best in homes with a loving mother and father and these children are more likely to grow up to be strong leaders in the world and their communities. Some of the happiest memories are made in the home. Parents and other family members can be among the greatest influences for good in the world today. Why am I a Mormon? Because family matters most. Because living as Christ wants me to makes me happy and helps me bless the lives of others. Because I know that He lives and that He loves me, and I will do all I can to live with Him and my family again.  

How I live my faith

One thing Church members are good at is taking care of each other. I think we love taking care of each other because it's what Christ wants us to do and it makes us happy. I can't think of a time I've served others and regretted it. Even though I'm assigned to visit two sisters every month, it's not a burden at all. I love getting to know them and serve them, whether it's making them a meal or lending them a vacuum. Service builds friendships that last. I appreciate the opportunities I've had to serve those around me and to be served by members of the Church who love and care for me. Some of the greatest blessings in my life have come from serving or being served.