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Hi I'm Rachel

I love people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Rachel. I grew up in the Washington, DC area with my parents and six siblings! I study sociology at university and served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2011-2013 in the West Indies. I love this gospel and it is the biggest blessing in my life. I invite anyone that comes in contact with missionaries to listen to their message. I promise that when you act upon it, you know for yourself that it is true.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that Jesus Christ lives. I am a Mormon because I know that this gospel is true and eternal. It is not a new concept, but it is what God has taught from the beginning. I know that the Church is guided by revelation from God, which gives us the correct teachings of Jesus Christ. I know that authority from God has been brought back to us today. I am a Mormon because I know for myself that families can be together forever, and this is why we are here. I know that these blessings from Heavenly Father are real - I have seen them in my life and in the lives of others. I know that we can overcome our weaknesses and imperfections through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, our older brother and Savior.

How I live my faith

In addition to attending church weekly and fulfilling church responsibilities as assigned, I live my faith by the way I treat others. While "What would Jesus do?" is a cliche to many people, I truly consider it when thinking about other people and how I react to a given situation. I know that every one that has lived, is living, or will live on this earth is a child of Heavenly Father. They are my brothers and sisters. In The Book of Mormon, we read, "And it is requisite with the justice of God that men should be judged according to their works; and if their works were good in this life, and the desires of their hearts were good, that they should also, at the last day, be restored unto that which is good" (Alma 41:3). While we are not perfect, Heavenly Father expects our best works and the best of our hearts, which includes our interpersonal relationships. I also participate in Family Home Evening - I spend one night a week with other young, single adults in doing service, playing games, or learning more about the gospel. I attend Institute, which is weekly, religious instruction on gospel topics, such as the Old Testament, Teachings of the Living Prophets, or The Book of Mormon.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Rachel
Not at all! Mormon congregations are active in community service projects worldwide. For example, when a natural disaster occurs, Mormons are often the first ones to give aide through Mormon Helping Hands. While serving my mission, I saw clothing, food, and medicine distributed to Mormons and non-Mormons through the Church's humanitarian efforts. As missionaries, we would participate in service activities to those in our area, such as yard work or helping around their homes. Helping people have a lighter load and their happiness was my motivation for doing these acts of service. Show more Show less