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Hi I'm Rachel

I am a new wife, a student, and just trying to get by. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Wyoming, and I love the big sky and wide open spaces. I've been studying to be a dietitian and I might go on to medical school some day. My favorite summer job is working for the Boy Scouts of America as a camp counselor. I'm the youngest in a big family, and I love knowing my big brothers are watching out for me. I love hanging out with my nieces and nephews and being the coolest aunt. I am a newly-wed and loving it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But that doesn't mean I didn't have to be converted. This church is great because we are encouraged to ask questions and find out for ourselves. I wasn't ever forced to follow the examples of my parents and family. Of course they put me on that path, but it is my choice to stay. I have seen the good that comes into my life from being a member. I have prayed about the Book of Mormon over and over again, and each time I have felt the Holy Spirit witness that it is true, and now I know for sure that God hears my prayers and He loves me, because He answers them.

How I live my faith

I live my faith each day by trying to do what Christ would do. Every time I turn to Him, to His teachings, or to the words of His prophets, I'm living my faith. I've found that little things over time are what has strengthened my fatih the most. Its all about praying sincerely and studying the scriptures and making it to my meetings each Sunday. I'm also living my faith by serving as a full time missionary right now. I'm taking a year and a half of my life to volunteer in the community, to work with different congregations, and to spread the gospel! While I was a college student though, I loved the chances I got to help organize activities. Some were just for fun, some were to help out in the community, and some were mostly to build our faith, but all of them helped us build friendships give us a home away from home at school. 

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are just like any other women. We share so many of the same concerns and struggles that come with life. Mormons do believe in the equality of men and women, but we do believe that each gender has a unique role and responsibility that can help them to work together and complement each other in a relationship. Neither men or women are inferior to each other. The sexes are simply different, and God planned it that way for good reason. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

 Authority to perform baptism is important because through baptism we make covenants with God and He promises to forgive our sins. We can sincerely commit ourselves and strive to become clean, but in order for God to make an agreement with us, it only makes sense that it has to be on His terms. For that reason, baptism must be performed by someone holding the authority to do it. That way we can trust that our baptism is truly valid and that those covenants are real on both ends. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is believing in something you can't see. And even more than that... it is believing it so strongly that you are willing to act on your belief. Having faith in God means that we believe He exists, we trust Him, and we do the things He wants us to do. Having faith and acting on it leads to recognizing evidence of it. Its like a seed - if it has soil, water, and light, a good seed will grow. Applying a principle will have a similar result in your heart as long as the principle is true and good. Being obedient to God's commandments will bring blessings and good feelings into your life, and continuing to act on faith will help faith grow and it will bear fruit that is sweet. Figurative fruit though... some of the blessing that have come from building and strengthening my faith are peace, joy, love and great comfort. Show more Show less