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Hi I'm Racquel

I am a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a worker, a musician, an animal lover, and a Mormon.

About Me

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.  

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Racquel
We grow up with the primary answer from the songs "search, ponder, and pray." These simple steps along with the day to day effort of living a Christlike life, exercising our faith daily and learning as we go, are the foundations to a strong testimony and continuing faith in Christ. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Racquel
We believe that there is life beyond the veil. For now, that life is in spirit form only, just as it was before we were born here on earth. After the resurrection, our spirits will have been reunited with our then perfected bodies, which is how we will live from then on eternally. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Racquel
The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets under the direction of our Heavenly Father, just as the Bible was written. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Racquel
Christ formed is church in the ancient days according to the same form he wanted for the latter days. 12 apostles to support the prophet and help spread the true church, Christ himself being the prophet at that point in time. Just because Christ does not physically walk the earth does not mean that his work has stopped or that the church he founded does not continue on. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Racquel
Read the Book of Mormon, ponder it, and pray about it while honestly desiring to know the truth. We are all entitled to personal revelation. We are promised in Moroni 10 "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Racquel
Yes. Modern revelation is very evident when you listen to the latter-day prophet of the church. We do believe he was called by God and teaches us what He would have us hear for our current times and circumstances. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Racquel
 The Book of Mormon is another testament of Christ. We believe that it goes hand in hand with the Bible, teaching us what we really need to know from our Heavenly Father to get through this life and back to Him. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Racquel
The temples are used for sacred ordinances connecting us to each other and our God throughout the eternities. We believe that families are meant to be forever and the temple work is God's way of giving us that gift here on earth if we are but willing to accept it and help in the process. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Racquel
 Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are Christians. We love the Lord and try to do what He would want us to here on earth. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Racquel
No. We believe he was a prophet of God, not a part of the Godhead. We are taught from the scriptures "weather by my mouth or by the mouth of my servants, it is the same." As such, we do not worship the individual, but acknowledge the divine lessons he taught. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Racquel
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ started the Church of Jesus Chris of Latter-day Saints through the hands of their first latter-day prophet, Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Racquel
 Absolutely. We mostly definitely follow Christ, which anyone can see when looking at the full true name of our church rather than the socially given nickname of "Mormons." The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true identity that we claim and follow. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Racquel
We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly. We recognize that having been translated so many times by so many people over the ages, some things may have been lost or misinterpreted in translation. It is still a gift and guide to us in this life from God however, meant to be taken to heart and help us through these days. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Racquel
Look up the times and location of one of our meeting to join us for a service or fill out a meet the missionaries form on mormon.org if you don't already know someone who is a member. If a neighbor, friend, or co-worker is a member of the church, talk to them about meeting with the missionaries. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Racquel
If they live the commandments and are sealed for time and eternity, then any family can be together forever. This is why temple work is so important to us. Heaven is the ultimate goal and we all hope to be reunited there on the other side of the veil when our time on this earth is at its end. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Racquel
No. We are taught to love and help all our fellow man. We will gladly contribute and help where we can no matter what your religious standing. Show more Show less

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Racquel
Church meetings are normal Sunday services and lessons where we take the sacrament and teach each other about the gospel of Christ. The temple is where sacred ordinances such as sealing and marriages take place, tying us together as a family and to our God for time and eternity. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Racquel
Baptism should only be done by choice after the individual is at least 8 years old or older. We have been taught that 8 is considered the age of accountability and children younger than that are are innocent in the eyes of God, therefore not needing to be cleansed of any sin. It is said that to be Christlike is to be like a child meek, teachable, and innocent. Show more Show less

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Racquel
Yes, it is. The Book of Mormon is ancient North America's version of the Bible, containing his teachings and revelations to the people there. He taught and cared for everyone. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Racquel
The Holy Ghost is often referred to as the "still small voice." He is part of the Godhead, acting as a companion and conscious to help us make the right decisions and keep us safe through our life here on earth. We can feel his presence as a simple feeling, prompting, or sometimes even a whispered word in our hearts and in our minds. Show more Show less