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Hi I'm Rachel

I love music and dancing. I've written a 250-page novel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of four children, with two brothers and a sister. Both of my brothers have autism, and I love them with all of my heart. They have taught me a lot about patience and understanding people. My brothers have always been there for me when I feel down, even if I don't really show it. They just know. I have a lot of different interests. I love music, probably more than anything. Both of my parents were music majors in college, so I know a lot about music and how it works. I play the French Horn and the electric bass. I also do a lot of writing. I've always loved medieval fantasy books such as the Lord of the Rings and Eragon, and I ended up writing my own novel in that same genre. I'm working on getting it published. Recently I've gotten into Doctor Who. It's awesome. I love David Tennant. I currently attend BYU in Provo, Utah, majoring in Facility and Property Management. I hope one day to work outfitting buildings so that they are energy independent and environmentally sustainable. I believe that the planet is worth saving and that every little thing helps. I recycle a lot and turn off lights when I leave a room. Simple little things can make a big difference.

Why I am a Mormon

It's difficult to explain how I joined the church. My dad converted when he was a teenager and went on a mission, but during college he stopped going to church. It was during that time he married my mom, who was Catholic. We started going to church when I was about three years old, so I was baptized at the usual age of eight. My mom was baptized about a year before I was. I've grown up in the church, and over the years I have developed my own testimony. I was one of only 3 members in my high school of only 300 kids, so I was labeled pretty early on as the Mormon girl. People challenged my faith all the time. I had my doubts from time to time, but each time I prayed about the church, I received a very strong confirmation that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ. I know with all of the conviction of my heart that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God just as Moses and Abraham were. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, because I have read it from cover to cover and prayed to know if it is true. I know that there is a Heavenly Father who loves me and listens to my prayers.

How I live my faith

I attend church every Sunday I can. I do my best to study the scriptures and pray every day, though I will say I'm not perfect. I go to the temple whenever I get the chance. But most importantly, I strive to live my life as my Heavenly Father would have me live it. I feel that He has a plan in mind for me and I do everything I can to live by it.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Rachel
Absolutely! There's a verse in the Bible in which Jesus informs his disciples that "there are other sheep who are not of this fold. Them also I must bring." I firmly believe that these "sheep" are people from the Americas. Who else would he be visiting? Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Rachel
The First Vision is an experience that happened to Joseph Smith, Jr. in the early 1800s. He was confused as to which of many churches he should join, so he asked God what to do. God and Jesus Christ appeared to him in a grove of trees and told him that he shouldn't join any of the churches because none of them had the fullness of truth. The First Vision is what really started our church. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Rachel
I've felt His presence. It's hard to explain, but I feel like I'm getting a spiritual "hug." I feel warm and comfortable and completely at peace. There's nothing like that in this world. Show more Show less