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Hi I'm Rachel

I am a dancer, an aspiring yogini, and a Midwesterner at heart. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recent college graduate. I graduated with a Dance major, focusing on Contemporary Dance. I love to perform, choreograph, and teach. Someday, I hope to have my own studio. I am newly married and am loving all the joys and struggles of being with my best friend every day. We met our freshman year in college and I was ready to marry him when he got back from his mission to the Dominican Republic two years later. I love to travel and see new places. I have been able to visit China, various parts of Mexico, and Macedonia. I love getting the chance to experience and better understand people of different cultures. I also love trying the food of different areas of the world. I love everything about the human body. From muscles and bones, child development and brain functions...I want to learn it all! I also love to run, read, ride my bike, cook, clean, decorate, organize, and be in the sun. 

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have felt the Holy Spirit testify to me of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I know that the Holy Spirit is a witness of truth. I was born to parents who are members of the Church, but I definitely had my own conversion to the gospel. I had so many inspiring friends and role models in my life growing up--I saw how happy their lives were, not that they were perfect all the time, but that there was a hope and faith that allowed them to have a bright and positive outlook on life. I saw happy marriages and families, struggling through the challenges of life, but showing their dedication and faith in their Father in Heaven and His plan for them. I am a Mormon because I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth by the Prophet Joseph Smith. That means that we have a living prophet today, just like Abraham, Moses, and Joseph Smith. He guides the Church and its people according to the will of our Heavenly Father. I believe that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon through divine inspiration and that the contents of the Book of Mormon are a true history of people who settled in the Americas. The words in the Book of Mormon give me hope in my Savior, who gave his life for all of us, that we might repent, become like Him, and return to be in His presence. I know that through the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can be forgiven of our transgressions and we can become better people than we ever could be without Him. I am a Mormon because I believe in the sanctity and importance of families. I know that Joseph Smith restored temples to the earth and that sacred covenants are made and wonderful blessings are promised to us within temple walls. I know that if my sweet husband and I live worthily, we will be able to be with each other and with our families throughout the eternities, not just until death do we part. Eternity is hard enough to fathom, I don't want to try to fathom it alone! I am a Mormon because living the way that I have been taught through the gospel of Jesus Christ has made me happy and given me hope for the future.  

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every moment of my life. I believe that the best thing we can do in this life is to become Christ-like people. It is a hard task, but I work everyday at being more patient, more kind, more grateful, more generous, more thoughtful, more bold, more humble, more diligent, more charitable, more obedient, and more faithful. I am trying to be the best wife I can be, supportive and loving, and I am preparing myself for a future family by strengthening my own spirituality, determining who I want to be for my children, and setting righteous habits that will bless my family. I live my faith by going to church meetings, where I can feel of the Spirit, exercise charity by reaching out to others, and support the other members of my congregation. I live my faith by praying to my Heavenly Father morning and night, and study His word as recorded in the scriptures. Mostly, I live my faith by trying to become a more loving person.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Family is so important to Mormons because we believe that the family is a divinely appointed unit. We believe that God has a family, and that we too are meant to experience family life. Not only can families bring us extreme joy in this life, but it is only with families that we can reach the God-like state that we are striving to achieve, here and in the afterlife.  Show more Show less