Hi I'm Rochelle
I am currently serving a full time mission for the Church in the Philippines. I have a degree in English - Secondary Education, and I plan to teach high school English when I return from my mission. I love learning, and I love interacting with people and absorbing the knowledge and experiences they share. I am an avid reader; I am particularly interested in fairy tales and their retellings. I love soccer, and I also dabble basketball and rugby. I enjoy watching the stars and learning the stories behind the constellations. In my other spare moments, I crochet and play the violin and piano.
Why I am a Mormon
I have always been a Mormon; I was born to a family that is strong in the Church. Growing up, I never thought much about being a member of the Church. I live in Utah, the hub of Mormon activity. I went to schools that taught LDS-based curriculums. I went to church every Sunday and attended weekly youth activities. Basically, I lived and breathed the Gospel in everything I did. By the time I was 18, I wasn't sure if I actually had a real testimony of the Gospel or if I just lived those standards out of habit. Then I moved away to college. As I began my studies and figured out how to live on my own, I could have easily stopped participating in the Gospel. I had a lot of non-member friends, and even my member friends didn't have to know I was a member if I didn't want them to. But something in me kept me going, and for the first time in my life, I established a habit of reading my scriptures and praying every day. I never had a huge epiphany where I realized the Church was true; I just kept living my life and found that I would be incomplete without the Gospel. I know the Church is true because it brings me happiness and stability in my life; it brings out the best in me. Because of the Gospel, I know I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father, and that's the best feeling in the world.
What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?
Because I'm the oldest child in my family, a lot of responsibility rests on me to be a good example to my siblings and to maintain a spirit of love in our home. I'm not always good at it, but I try to be the kind of older sibling I would want to have. It's harder now that I'm away from home, but I love to talk with my family and listen to them. I do my best to make everyone laugh because I believe laughter is one of the greatest tools of unity, next to food. :) I strive to live the standards of the Gospel because I believe they make me a better person and thus a better member of my family. Mostly, I just love my family and let them know that I love them, even when we get on each other's nerves.
How I live my faith
I live my faith through the basics: I pray daily, read my scriptures daily, attend my church meetings, and fulfill my callings. In the past, I have served as the music coordinator and choir director in my ward (the local organization of the Church) and in the Relief Society in my ward (the women's organization of the Church).