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Hi I'm Rachel

I grew up in the United States. I'm a writer, musician, and I'm in school to be a teacher. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of eight children. I have been LDS for my whole life. I graduated from college with a degree in vocal music performance. I like to write prose and music, and I enjoy reading.

Why I am a Mormon

When I think about why I am LDS, I think about the peace which has come over me as I read the scriptures and the warmth that fills my heart when I listen to the prophets and apostles speak. Inspiration for my creative projects comes most frequently when I am in tune with the Holy Ghost, and as I grow closer to my Savior, I feel greater love for my friends and family. I know that God lives, and I know that He loves me. These are things I learned from my faith, and I am eternally grateful for that knowledge. This knowledge has truly blessed me to feel more comfortable about myself in this tumultuous world while so many of my friends and family struggle with issues of self-worth and self-confidence. This gospel is truly filled with light, and as I live the standards, I find myself more enlightened and happier.

How I live my faith

I go to church meetings every week including sacrament meeting (where the whole congregation meets together), an adult Sunday School class (where the adults meet together while children and youth participate in age-appropriate Sunday School and Primary classes), and a Relief Society meeting (a meeting for the women 18+ in the congregation held at the same time as Primary for the kids, Young Women's for the girls 12-18, Young Men's for the boys 12-18, and Priesthood meetings for men 18+). I also go to Institute classes (sort of a Bible Study circle where we study the scriptures together and the words of our living prophets), do my visiting teaching (where two ordinary sisters from the congregation go to visit another sister from the congregation and discuss a specified message and try to help her in anything that she might need help with), and try to be a good neighbor and friend to the people in my community. I also try to serve my roommates, keep a good attitude about life, and keep in touch with my family. My faith also encourages me to learn and try new things, so I spend a lot of time reading or spending time with my friends as we try to learn from each other and support each other in everything we do.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is a firm belief in the truthfulness of the doctrines of the LDS gospel. It can be about Jesus Christ, about our relationship with our Heavenly Father, or about anything else pertaining to the doctrine of the gospel. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith was the first president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When he was fourteen years old, he prayed to God to tell him which of all the churches were true. He saw Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, who told him that none of the churches was true. Over the next few years, he was visited by heavenly messengers who helped to restore the gospel as it was taught by Jesus Christ when He was on the Earth. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Husband and wife act as equal partners who lead their family. The husband is the patriarch, and he is primarily responsible for providing for his family. The wife is the matriarch, and she is primarily responsible for the nurture and care of her children. Together, husband and wife love their children, and both are responsible to teach them by word and by example. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon is a lot like being like anyone else. We still have day jobs, we still have to pay our bills, and we're affected by the same kinds of struggles that are in the world as the average individual. But one of the things that makes us different is our approach to these things. Our focus turns from how much we love/hate our day job to how it's helping us to meet the needs of our families-not just the financial needs of our families, but also the emotional and spiritual needs of our families. Often, we are able to turn our focus from how hard or unfair one of our struggles is to how it can help us become a better person, and what lessons we can learn from the experience. We are eternally grateful when a loved one passes away or faces serious illness that we have a knowledge of the eternal nature of families. We still mourn our loved one's passing, but we often don't have to face the bitterness that comes from the fear of never seeing them again because we know that we will see them again. And if we were sealed together as a family in our holy temples, we know that our family relationships last beyond the grave. That gives us courage to heal and move forward. We find joy in gospel of Jesus Christ because we know there is a purpose in our trial, and that "all things shall work together for [our] good" (Doctrine and Covenants 90:24) as we utilize the Atonement of Jesus Christ in our daily lives. That's what being a Mormon is like. Show more Show less