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Hi I'm Rachel

I am studying Landscape Management. I grow plants and play ukulele. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a college student majoring in Landscape Management. I love the Pacific Northwest, and will find any excuse to hike the Cascades. I have built a ukulele, I am going to learn to ride a motorcycle, and I thoroughly enjoy following Doctor Who. I love cooking, especially with ingredients out of my own garden, and though I've never made a successful batch of pickles I someday will :) I will eventually live where I can grow a citrus orchard in my backyard. Scuba diving would be my favorite hobby if I had the time and money for it :) Someday I will write and publish a children's book, own my own nursery, and have a family. Currently I am preparing for a mission to Paraguay, and I could not be more excited! I can't wait to devote the next 18 months of my life to serving and teaching the Gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family, and have always been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. However, I consider my testimony uniquely my own, and it is based on my own experiences and personal revelation. I have an imperfect, happy life that would be so very different without the plain and simple truths of the gospel. I know we are all literal spirit sons and daughters of our Father in Heaven, and that he created a Plan in which we would be able to gain a physical body here on earth and return to him again. I have experienced the power of prayer, and I know that we can receive personal revelation from our Father in Heaven today. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is the living Prophet on the earth today, and that he speaks the words the Lord wants us to here. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and translated the Book of Mormon through the power of the Holy Ghost. I believe this with all my heart, and because of this knowledge I have been blessed beyond measure. I am who I am today because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I am a better, happier person then I ever could have been without it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through serving! We have so many opportunities to give of our time and talents to the people around us, and the more we do the closer we become to our Heavenly Father. I was blessed to be called to teach the seven and eight year olds Sunday School last fall, and though it required that I give up time during my busy week to prepare lessons I am so glad I did. I am always happier when I choose to serve those around me. People are so important, and the Lord makes that pretty clear. We are all his sons and daughters, and he wants us to take care of each other. I benefit from the testimonies of others as I attend Sunday meetings and church activities, and in turn I willingly accept the callings extended to me by my church leaders.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are incredible! As a young woman in the Church I have spent a lot of my time with both older women and young women in the church. I have sat in presidency meetings where we disscussed how we could best help those of our girls who were struggling, amd I have witnessed the love and power of my leaders as they taught us how to have confidence in ourselves and how to reach out to others. Women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are, for the most part, cheerful, kind, and willing to serve. When we are together we are powerful, and individually we can accomplish great things. We know that we are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us and we love him. We know that one of our most sacred duties in life is to raise an eternal family with our husband. Our role in doing this may be different than our husbands, but it is not less important. In this the husband and wife are equal. Mormons consider men and women to be equal, and the leadership of both are needed for the successful organization of the church. Show more Show less