Hi I'm Racquel
I grew up in Oregon with my brother, parents, and our cat. I had the wonderful opportunity of participating in the Hill Cumorah Pageant just before I started college. A few years later, I married my best friend from high school in the Portland temple. I live in my home state with my husband, our daughter, and three cats. I ride horses, cross-stitch, read, write, play piano and clarinet, sing, and scrap-book. I work at the store my father started to help missionaries of our church. Our idea of a fun time is a nice relaxing night in with maybe a good movie or book, a blanket, and our pets.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born and raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That's not to say I've never questioned it. I hit a rough patch in high school where I didn't really feel sure about what I believed or what I was doing in life. Many people tried to help me, but ultimately it was all on me. After nearly giving up, I received a rather astounding answer to my prayer asking if I should stay with the church or if it was all for nothing. "You already know." That simple phrase not from anyone I could physically see here on earth, but from our Heavenly Father, woke me up and rekindled what I feared I'd lost. We, as people, may have our difference, but that does not change the fact that the gospel is true. I've known it my whole life. I just forgot it for a little while and needed that gentle reminder to put me back on the right track.
How I live my faith
Most often I serve callings where I am blessed to use my gifts in music. I love playing the hymns and other beautiful gospel songs our choirs sing. When I'm not behind the piano, I'm often in line with the choir, lending my voice to the beautiful words they sing. The most beneficial lessons and discussions for me though, are those with my husband in our own home. A recent convert to the church who loves asking the most difficult questions imaginable, we get a lot more depth and perspective in our conversations about the gospel and the lessons we hear than either of us could ever get alone. Perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences in my life has been working at my father's store, where we focus on helping missionaries prepare for their great work. It is amazing to see these young men come in, often in jeans and t-shirts just expecting to go out and teach. My dad often says "how you look is the first message you deliver." When you are representing the Lord, how much more important is that appearance? These young men leave the store ready to dress and teach their best, excited at a whole new level they didn't know before. Even more amazing is seeing them when they come back in after they have served their missions. The difference and growth is astounding! You couldn't ask for a better day to day reminder of the blessings and impact the gospel can have on our lives.