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Hi I'm Rachel Olea

I'm from Georgia, I am a broadcasting major, I'm a free spirit. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am an undergraduate student at a University studying Communication with an emphasis in Broadcasting. I love to read. Its probably one of my favorite things to do- getting lost in a book and finding a whole new world that you never even knew existed. Its great! I love going on adventures and trying new things- bridge jumping anyone? I love finding old things and making them young and vibrant. Being in the kitchen is great, but I am definitely still learning the art of cooking. I enjoy being a part of nature and seeing the beautiful Earth that our Father in Heaven has given us. I really want to travel the world, go to every single continent! That would be great!

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon. My mom is a convert, as are my grandparents on my dad's side. Even though I grew up in the church, I didn't always believe everything that I was taught. There came a point though, where I needed to know. I needed to know what was true and what was not. I prayed for guidance as I read the Holy Scriptures that I would be able to discern between truth and false doctrine. As I read and prayed, I learned that my Father has a great plan for me. He has things that I need to do that no one else can. I learned that I am very special to my Father and that He wants me to succeed in this life so that I can return to live with Him and the rest of my family again. I am blessed to live in this church and I cannot wait to be able to go out and serve my God for 18 months as a full-time missionary.

How I live my faith

 I volunteer at our church as a teacher for all of the women. I get to learn and grow from all of the wonderful sisters in the area. It is such a treat! I love going to visit people, especially the women, in the gospel. Learning from others is one of the best ways to learn, I feel! I will be serving a full-time mission for my church for 18 months beginning in October of 2011- and I can't wait!

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Rachel Olea
Young men ages 19-27 are asked to serve 24 months as a full-time missionary. Young women on the other hand, are given an option of whether or not they want to serve. For them, the most important thing is to get married and begin a family, but for those that choose, they can serve for 18 months as a full-time missionary as well. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Rachel Olea
We perform these baptisms for those that are not on the Earth anymore. It is important to know first, that we believe in having our agency, whether on Earth or in Heaven. If someone is baptized for a person that has already passed away, that spirit has the choice to accept or decline the gift. You have to have a body to be baptized, so thats why we do baptisms for those that passed away- because they cannot do it themselves. Show more Show less

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

Rachel Olea
 Mormon women are absolutely amazing. There is definitely equality between men and women. Men have the responsibility of holding and administering the Priesthood, and women have the responsibility of bearing and raising children in righteousness. We, as women, also have the responsibility of lifting up all those in the church and helping anyone in need- member or not. Show more Show less