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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a student, I'm a teacher, I'm a musician, I'm a lifelong student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up, I was blessed to be in a family that encouraged learning. Every summer my parents would take my siblings and I to many trips to the library and science center. My parents enthusiastically encouraged new hobbies and interests, and as a result, I still love learning new things. I went to college to become a musician, and graduated with my degree in Percussion. My life took a dramatic turn when I decided that what I really wanted to do was teach, and now I'm a high school biology teacher. I enjoy interacting with students, especially watching their faces light up when they grasp a new concept. When I'm not teaching, I love learning new things and picking up new skills. I've tried out capoeira, ballroom dancing, rock climbing, ceramics, crochet, and watercolor, just to name a few.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a loving family, where the truth of the gospel was a central part of our home. In college, I had a series of experiences that made me realize I needed to know, for my self, independent of other people, if the gospel really was true. Through many struggles, I have come to understand that God is our loving Heavenly Father, and we are all His children. He cares about us, knows us individually by name, and is concerned about and actively engaged in our well being. As a result of that divine love, He sent Jesus Christ to perform the Atonement for us, that through Him all things might be possible. All else I believe is an extension of that fact.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a matter of daily practice. I make an effort to study the scriptures daily (usually over my morning cup of yogurt), and try and maintain an open communication with Heaven through frequent formal and informal prayer. I also try and look for ways to serve those around me. Currently, I play the organ for my congregation's weekly services. I'm grateful that I get to still use my music talents to invite the Spirit into people's life.