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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a fun-loving Idaho girl who's happiest outside. I love photography and a good book. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! I'm a pretty average small-town girl. I was raised on a ranch and have ten siblings; six sisters and four brothers. I have spent most of my life living in Idaho, but I love to travel. When I was in high school I went on a trip to Spain and Morocco and have since visited Germany, Italy, France, and the Bahamas. I am married to an incredible man who makes every day wonderful. We love to have adventures together and can often be found in the mountains hiking, fishing, camping, mountain biking, and 4-wheeling. One of our favorite, and probably our most daring, adventures was going skydiving together shortly after we were married. We also love to spend time with family. We live very close to both sets of parents and often join them for family dinners, game nights, vacations, etc. I went to college and received a bachelor's degree in English Education. I have taught high school English (mostly 10th and 11th grade) for four years now. However, this fall I will not be going back to teaching full time as my husband and I are expecting our first child, a little girl. My husband and I have decided that I should stay home with her at least until she is in school so that she receives all the love, guidance, and teaching that we want her to have. Preparing to be parents and seeing signs of our baby growing and developing have been some of the greatest joys of our life. We both work hard so that we can feel secure and enjoy the special little moments that make life worth living.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon all my life. My parents are Mormons and taught me the beautiful truths of this gospel as I was growing up. At first I suppose it was something like a habit for me. It was a lifestyle that, in some ways, I took for granted. However, I always always felt peaceful, happy, and comfortable with my life and beliefs. As I grew older I began to really consider and study the teachings. I read and studied the Bible, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants. I listened closely in church and prayed often. I tried to live my life according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. As I did these things I came to realize that the joy and contentment I had been feeling throughout my life were a direct result of my religious beliefs. The closer I am to my Savior, the more at peace I am, no matter what else is going on in my life. I know that this is because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is truly Christ's church. It is organized just like His church in the Bible was. He leads this church through prophets who teach us the God's will today just as prophets of old did. I know that Joseph Smith was the first of these modern-day prophets, prepared by our Heavenly Father to restore the teachings and gospel of Christ to the earth. Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon (a book of scripture that is a companion to the Bible) through the power of God, and I have felt that book's spirit and power as I have applied its teachings to my life. I know it is true and can change lives. One of the most amazing and wonderful parts of being a Mormon is the opportunity to be sealed to our family members, through God's priesthood power, so that we can be with them even after we die. I love my husband and my baby so much and know that being with them forever in God's kingdom would be the greatest joy imaginable. I know, through prayer, study, and living the teachings that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true and feel truly blessed to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Living your faith is a huge part of being a Mormon. Church isn't just a once a week meeting to attend for me. It is part of everything I do and am. Each day my husband and I pray and study the scriptures together. We try to seek the Lord's will for us in all the major decisions we make. For example, my husband is applying for new jobs right now. As we have studied and prayed about what job he should take and where we should move, we have felt the Holy Ghost guiding us to where our Heavenly Father needs us to be. I also try to spend time on my own each day praying, studying, and contemplating my Heavenly Father's plan for me. Once a week we also have a family night called Family Home Evening. We spend time together studying the gospel, discussing how it applies to our family, and enjoying each other's company through activities, treats, and outings. When we have children this time will be invaluable in helping them to learn the truths of the gospel and how it can help them live their lives according to God's plan. It also helps strengthen our family relationships. Family is a huge focus of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I also spend time each month visiting women from our congregation. We spend time together discussing Jesus Christ and His teachings, and we develop friendships that allow us to support and help each other. I have gained some wonderful friends from visiting these women and have often been blessed and helped by the women who visit me. On Sunday when I attend church, I have the opportunity to serve and help in church meetings, as do most members. Right now I play the piano and accompany the hymns that we sing in our women's meeting. I love doing this because I feel that music can really help bring us so much closer to our Heavenly Father. It really is incredible hearing women sing together about Christ and knowing how strong their faith and conviction is. Living my faith daily brings a joy and peace I have never found elsewhere.