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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a writer, a New Englander, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a writer with a lifelong passion for poetry. I love making new friends and getting closer to old friends. Some of my favorite things to do include reading, dancing, shopping and listening to music.

Why I am a Mormon

One day I was walking downtown when I saw what appeared to be two young businessmen drawing in chalk on their lunch break. I decided to stay out of their way by going around some bushes as I walked. One of the young men cut through the bushes and said "Hi, can we talk to you for a minute?" I knew then that the two men must be some sort of missionaries. I said that I would indeed talk to them for a minute, but I only did so because I wanted to be polite. I asked what church they were from, and they said "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some call us Mormons." I looked at what they'd been drawing in chalk on the sidewalk. It was something they called "The Plan of Salvation." As they went through the steps of the Plan, talking about how we once lived with our Heavenly Father and how we would one day return to him, I felt an instant wave of comfort come over me. I knew that they were being genuine when they said they knew what they were teaching was true. From then on I met with the missionaries twice a week and went to church every Sunday, and within two months I was baptized. I have never regretted my decision to become a Mormon. It has brought more joy to my life than I ever could have imagined.

How I live my faith

After being a Mormon for a little while, I received a "calling," or a position in my church. Specifically, I was asked to be Activities Co-chairperson, which means that I organize dances, movie nights, and other activities for members of my church and their friends. In addition to my calling, I try to let my faith in Jesus Christ influence everything I do in life. This may sound challenging, but it actually works out really well! For example, let's say that I get into a small disagreement with a friend. Instead of holding a grudge, complaining to other friends, etc., I try to be humble and apologize. This makes me a much happier person, and it seems to better the lives of others too!

What is faith?

Rachel
Faith is believing in something that is true, even if others may tell you that it isn't. It is knowing that something is real even when you can't see it with your own eyes. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Rachel
You can absolutely attend church! We would love to have you. There are three meetings that make up our Sunday worship. Some might say "You meet for three hours? That's so boring!" but it's actually anything but! The first hour of church is "sacrament meeting." It's a very peaceful, thought-provoking service. It starts with a hymn (which you can follow along with in the hymn book) and a prayer. After that, some church business may be announced briefly. Then we "partake of the sacrament," a practice somewhat similar to what others would call "communion." This practice is symbolic of Christ's sacrifice for us, as well as a way to renew our commitment to following Him. The rest of the time is filled with talks from members of the Church (both male and female!) and a couple more songs. After that, adults go to Sunday school classes for one hour. (Children below the age of 18 go to various classes depending on their age-- people at the church will gladly show them where to go!) In these classes, we read from the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures, and discuss them and how they relate to our lives. The third hour (again, for adults) is either Relief Society (for women) or Priesthood (for men.) I love Relief Society, because I get to bond with other women over the gospel, and talk about how we can better our lives. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Rachel
If you pray about whether or not the Church is true, and do so with full faith that God will answer your question, you will receive an answer. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Rachel
A lot of my non-Mormon friends have questioned how I, a person who has always believed in woman's rights, can join the Mormon church. Their questions are based on severe misunderstandings. Men and women are better suited for different things, but that doesn't make them unequal in the eyes of God. Women give talks in church, they lead church classes, and most important of all, they have the power to birth and raise children. These things are of huge importance to members of the Church, both male and female. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Rachel
Christ's Church has been on the earth since the dawn of time. However, for a long time it was not available in its fulness. That changed when God called a prophet, Joseph Smith, to restore the church of Jesus Christ and all that goes along with it. In other words, Joseph Smith didn't start the Church, but he brought it back. The Church of Jesus Christ is not an American church, or a fad religion. It is the one true church of Christ, and I feel very blessed that the prophet Joseph Smith diligently restored it to the earth. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Rachel
Oh my goodness, so many things! One need only look at a picture of a temple to see how beautiful and well-built they are. And we have such temples all over the world! Naturally, it requires significant funds to properly build such sacred spaces. Missionaries pay their own expenses, but it still takes money to print all of the materials and books of scripture that they can offer to people who are interested. The Church prints many manuals for use in gospel classes. These are provided to everyone involved at no cost. I like the law of tithing to begin with; I find that I get so many blessings by following it. But the fact that the Church does such important things with the money makes it even better. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Rachel
It's nothing less than wonderful. Because I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have an incredible support system. This support system includes my friends from my church, my local Church leaders, and most of all Jesus Christ. When I was baptized a year and a half ago, I began to feel God's presence in my life more than I ever had before. Since then I've continued to go to church, read the scriptures, and pray often. The longer I keep up these habits, the more I feel Jesus Christ's love for me. I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of His church. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Rachel
No, we certainly don't worship him. We worship our Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ. That doesn't mean that Joseph Smith isn't important to us, though; he was a prophet, much like Moses, and many other prophets from Biblical times. One thing that gives Joseph Smith a special place in our hearts is that he was the prophet whom God entrusted to bring about the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ. That's very important. But no, we don't pray to Joseph Smith or worship him in any other way. Show more Show less