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Hi I'm Rachel!

I like nachos. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a newlywed, newly (college) graduated editor, writer, dancer, poet, musician, radish eater, and particle physicist. (That last one is just a joke. I am also a comedian.)

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because of the spirit of peace I've felt through attending Mormon services, along with the spirit I've felt reading the Book of Mormon alongside the Bible. I've felt the healing power of prayer, and my local bishops have helped me to rise above personal challenges on several occasions. I'm a Christian because I believe Christ can redeem my imperfections; I'm a Mormon because I've felt the power of Christ through this church.

How I live my faith

I play piano for the kids' Sunday School ("Primary"), and sometimes I'll sing in church, but I think the most important part of my worship is at home. I believe that faith is about the way you view the world around you, not just the things you do. So sure, I go to church on Sundays, but I try to develop a relationship with God through regular prayer, meditation, scripture study, positive thinking, and generally reaching out for a higher influence throughout my day. Faith, to me, is believing that God knows what He's doing, and that He's looking out for me. Living my faith means communicating with Him on a regular basis, making sure I feel I'm doing what He feels is best for me.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

The missionaries' purpose is to invite people to come unto Christ. That means that the missionaries talk about who God is, and how you can come to know Him better through faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. They'll answer any questions you have about the church, and help you understand what you'll need to do to find out for yourself if this church is true. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is trusting God's knowledge more than your own - and acting on it. If I have faith in my husband (which I do), I trust his ability to make decisions, and I trust that he'll always tell me the truth. The same goes for God. If I have faith in God, I know that He's never going to lead me astray, and He has my best interest at heart. It means that, once I have a firm idea what God expects me to do, I'll do it even if I don't see why. He knows what's going on better than I do. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

The priesthood is the power of God. Those who are ordained as priests of the Aaronic or Melchizedek priesthood can administer in formal ordinances, like baptism or passing the Sacrament (bread and water, like Communion.) Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mormons don't worship Joseph Smith. Sometimes we have speeches or Sunday School lessons about him, because we revere him as a prophet and an important historical figure, and we want to keep our history alive, but the purpose of our worship and faith is to bring us closer to Christ. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes. We worship Christ as our Savior and the Son of God. Show more Show less