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Hi I'm Rochelle

I'm a reader, writer, stargazer, and college student. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

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.

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).

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Not at all. The only guidelines that the Church gives regarding politics is that each member research carefully the parties and candidates and decide for themselves which party is most aligned with the principles of the Gospel and to vote according to their consciences. The Church strongly encourages members to be active in their communities and to be educated about politics. Show more Show less