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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a Foreign Service Spouse. I'm a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I'm the mom of a sweet, two-year old boy, and expecting another little boy in a few months. We have fun every day going on bike rides with our german shepherd dog, and playing with all the new friends we get to meet as members of the state department foreign service community. My family and I are lucky to meet so many interesting people thanks to my husband's job as a foreign service officer, and we learn so much from each person. We have a great appreciation for the diversity in this world, and love learning new things and new languages.

Why I am a Mormon

 By studying the Book of Mormon and the Bible I've been able to develop a personal relationship with my Father in Heaven. They both teach me about Jesus Christ, and his role as my savior and redeemer. I am uplifted and inspired each time I open the pages of the Book of Mormon in particular, and I find that it is not possible for me to deny that it is the word of God. The role of Joseph Smith as translator of the Book of Mormon tells me that he was a prophet of God, and my testimony of the full gospel which was restored through him has a foundation in my belief that the Book of Mormon is divine scripture. We are encouraged as members of the church to pray and receive a personal answer from Heavenly Father as to the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, words of prophets like Joseph Smith, and anything that we have questions about. I love knowing that I can receive my own answers about things that are important, and while my faith is strengthened by the testimony of others, it ultimately rests on the quiet whisperings of the Holy Ghost that allow me to feel in my heart that this is the full, and restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Living the gospel brings me joy and strength in my life.

How I live my faith

 My husband, son and I love going to church each Sunday. It is wonderful each week to see other people who are trying to live the way Jesus would want them to, and to share in the continuous process of learning more about Him and trying to be a better person. I have had fun serving in different capacities in the church each of the places we have lived, including coordinating service projects at local orphanages while living outside of the US, leading the church choir, teaching the children to sing, and helping to teach free English classes in foreign countries. Most importantly though, I try to live my faith each day by bringing the teachings of Jesus into my home. Every week we have a special family night where we incorporate a short lesson about the gospel with a fun activity. We try to have family prayer every day. We teach our son that he can talk to his Father in Heaven just like he would to one of us, and we set the example by praying about things that are good in our lives and expressing gratitude, as well as asking for blessings, and speaking aloud the concerns that we have and asking for guidance. I think that on a day to day basis, living my faith really means trying to recognize opportunities to serve others around me, and striving to see the best in people.

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

They will talk about the basic things we believe. About Heavenly Father's plan for us and the fact that Jesus Christ is central to that plan, about why Heavenly Father calls prophets, about the teachings of biblical prophets and of Jesus Christ - things like chastity, tithing, and service, also they will teach about the scriptures, including the Book of Mormon, and how they help us. They will talk about Joseph Smith and how the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth through him following centuries of apostasy that came about after the deaths of the apostles we read about in the New Testament. They will encourage you to pray about the things they teach you so that you can ask Heavenly Father for yourself whether or not it is true. They will ask you to read the Book of Mormon and prayerfully study what is written there. They will answer any questions you have.  Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Nope. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

 No. While young men are definitely encouraged to serve, and every help is made available to them as they attend church and different activities during their teenage years to be prepared to serve, the decision to serve a mission is one that each person has to make based on their desire and their readiness. Young women are encouraged to serve as their desire to do so dictates. I, personally, always knew that I wanted to serve a mission. I was very excited to receive a call to serve in the Baltic countries when I was 21, and I loved the 18 months I spent as a missionary. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

It is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is the divine son of God who came to earth to teach us, and to atone for the sins of each person who had or would come into the world. He was resurrected following his atonement and crucifixion, and has made it possible for each person to also be resurrected and return to the presence of our Father in Heaven through repentance and faith. That's really the ultimate goal of everything that is taught in the church - to help people return to our Heavenly Father's presence. Show more Show less