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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a wife and a biologist. I love to bake and play ukulele. I'm an introvert. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hey, I'm Rachel. -I recently graduated from college, married the boy I've been in love with since I was 13, and completed 22 trips around the sun. In that order! -I believe that animals can provide unique therapy to our disappointments in life. -My favorite dinosaur is and has always been a parasaurolophus. -Uplifting music is a joy to me--both playing and listening. -I love following sports with my husband, though I'm admittedly not as hardcore as him. -When I got married and became an aunt, I inherited 21 nieces and nephews (with 2 on the way). -I enjoy growing my hair out 2 feet and then cutting and donating it to those in need. In my life, I've learned it's important to love ourselves, listen to and serve others, and always be receptive to the Holy Ghost.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are converts to the church. My father become inactive shortly after I was born and so my mother took my brother and I to church by herself. When I was 7 my father decided that we needed to go to church as a family. We went church hopping for a few Sundays until my father decided on a nice Methodist church near our home. Eventually we began trading off each week, going with our dad one week to the Methodist church and our mom to the Mormon church the next. Contention was common in my home because of religion. I often felt like home wasn't a safe place for me to be. When I was about 10, I decided to stop going to church with my dad and only go to the Mormon church with my mom. I knew within myself that the church was true and decided I needed to act on my knowledge. My brother and I hadn't been baptized at age 8 because my father hadn't allowed it. In the summer of 2005, I went to a stake youth conference. During testimony meeting one night, I felt the Spirit so strong that tears rolled down my cheeks and I knew the gospel was true. Later that summer, the missionaries called my home and asked if my brother and I would like to be baptized. We said yes! I will never forget the happiness I felt on 6 August 2005. After 15 years, my father became active again in 2008 and I have witnessed how the Gospel has brought our family back together. The Spirit has testified to me of the truthfulness of the Gospel and I know it with all of my heart and cannot deny it.

How I live my faith

My husband and I attend church every Sunday for three hours...it's the best!! I have the responsibility to co-teach the 3 year old children every Sunday, while my husband helps teach the 12 year old boys. We enjoy participating in our ward/congregation and getting to know other people. Personally, I'm reading the New Testament daily to better understand Christ's life and His teachings. My husband and I pray and read the Book of Mormon together daily and I love how it strengthens our marriage. I do my best daily to try and follow Christ's example to be kind and serviceable to those around me. Those were the covenants I made when I was baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. "Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in..." Mosiah 18:9 Isn't that what being Christian is really all about? (: