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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a mom. I'm a medical student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I group up in East Texas in a Baptist family. I found the church at the age of 18 because of the good example of some of my high school friends. I was able to serve a mission on Temple Square in Salt Lake City and to marry the man of my dreams in the temple. Today we have a beautiful daughter whom my husband is taking care of while I complete medical school.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was around 10 years old my family stopped attending church. I had gained a strong testimony of Jesus Christ through the Baptist church, but I felt like there was something more out there - a place where I could grow stronger in my knowledge and my faith in Jesus Christ. I started attending every church that my friends would take me to, trying to find that piece that I knew was missing. One of my good friends was LDS and invited me to listen to the missionary discussions. I can't say that I immediately knew it was true, but after a year of reading the Book of Mormon, attending church, and praying and asking God for answers, I realized that I wanted to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The answer came in the form of a verse: Moroni 7:13 " every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God." I knew that nothing had encouraged me to come closer to my Heavenly Father or to be a better person than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

Although I love to serve as a teacher in my church congregation, I think that the most important thing that I do is to live as an example of my faith to my colleagues and to those I serve. Medical school can be physically and mentally demanding, but I show my colleagues that no matter how important school is, my top priorities are my faith and my family. Even though we have tests early Monday mornings, I make sure and plan ahead so that I never have to study on Sundays. Also, when my colleagues invite me to go celebrate after exams at bars or clubs, I decline the invitation or suggest that we go somewhere that would be appropriate for me to bring my family along. Those that I serve trust me more because they know that I am dependable and that I have a strong faith in Jesus Christ.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

One of my strongest attractions to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was its emphasis on families. In this age where divorce and broken homes are the norm, it was important for me to start a family that had the best possible chance of succeeding. Living the gospel of Jesus Christ has taught me the importance of love and forgiveness in the home. No family can avoid hardships and heartache, but because Jesus Christ suffered for our pains and afflictions, he can help us to weather the worst storms. As long as we're willing to stick together and keep Jesus Christ in the center of our lives, we can be sure that our family will be together forever. Show more Show less

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

I feel that I am pretty qualified to answer this question. The equality of men and women has always been important to me - I knew that I was just as worthy and smart and important in God's eyes as any man. I had always heard that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was oppressive to women, but when I actually became a member of it, I saw that the opposite was true. You would have to listen to the words of our prophet to know how often he implores men to treat their wives with the love and respect they deserve and how often he encourages women to appreciate their own worth. It is true that family and motherhood are more emphasized in our church than in others - but it is only because we realize that nothing else in life can bring you true happiness besides having a family to love and nurture. I tell my colleagues all the time how happy I am that I planned my life around my family rather than planning my family around my life. Those who end up without families because of their decision to pursue other goals know how lonely and empty life can be - and I'm so glad that I joined the church in time to realize that and start a family of my own. Even though my husband is taking care of my daughter right now, my most important role is as a mother, and nothing else could ever replace that. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

It was very important to me to make sure that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints valued the Bible as much as I did coming from the Baptist faith. I was greatly surprised to learn that not only did they value it, but they understood it so much better than any other church I had encountered. I had probably read the Bible 10 times before I joined the church, but all the passages that I had breezed over because I didn't understand them before suddenly became clear to me, and I began to see the great plan that our Heavenly Father had laid out for us. Not only that, but my appreciation and love for the Savior multiplied 100-fold as I came to a better understanding of the meaning of his great sacrifice. I don't feel like I've turned my back on my old faith at all, but rather enhanced it and added to it in a way I never thought possible. Show more Show less