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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a student, mom, athelete and artist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of one very active three year-old and a six month-old boy. I am an American living in Denmark. I am completing my PhD in French literature. My interests are broad and scattered; I love running and swimming. I also enjoy creating; I love to paint, sew, draw, cook and, yes, clean! I also love languages: English, French, German, Danish and Spanish are the ones I have spent the most time mastering, but I have also taken Latin and Hebrew classes.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a very active LDS family and was raised with the teachings of the church being very central to my life. Some of my favorite family memories are of coming home after church and then having gospel centered discussions as a family. I learned so much from my parents as they talked about the principles that were so important to them. Although the "intellectual" points of doctrine we discussed were interesting in and of themselves, I began to realize that when my parents would hold these discussions with us children, what they were really doing was bearing their testimonies to us. I have always had a testimony of the truthfulness of the church, but came to feel most strongly about the church in my late teens and early adult years. Thorough study of the gospel and prayer, I gained the strong testimony I have of the divinity of the Savior and His love for me and all of us. Now, I hope to teach my son the same things my parents taught to me and share with him how important the gospel is in my life.

How I live my faith

I have always enjoyed music and have had many music callings in the church. Currently I play the organ in church. During the week I take my son to the chapel where I practive the hymns for the coming week. I always feel the Spirit of the Lord so strongly when I play (notwithstanding my mistakes!) There is great power in the hymns. Professionally, I am a teacher and have also held callings in the church that have allowed me opportunities to teach. I have taught the young adults and the teens and these experiences have afforded me more opportunities to learn the gospel more completely.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonment of Jesus Christ occured when the Savior suffered for the sins, sorrows and pains of all mankind in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross at Golgotha at the end of his ministry here on Earth. Although it is impossible for us mortals to fully understand how this took place, the Savior's Atonement made it possible for all of us to return to live with our Heavenly Father after our deaths. The Atonment provides a way of escape from our sins by giving us the oportunity to repent and be reconciled with the Father. It influences our lives now and in the life beyond. Show more Show less