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Hi I'm Rachael

I am a high school teacher, an ultramarathoner, a wife and mother, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love to run, I love to read, and I love to spend time with my family. I love listening to music, playing music, and watching music performed live. I married my best friend in the LDS Temple nearly 7 years ago. Since then I graduated college with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Masters in Secondary Education. Now, I am a Social Studies teacher who runs the desert trails of Arizona in her spare time. Together, my husband and I are raising our spunky toddler and are learning to balance home, work, parenting, and fun!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon, but I was not always sure if I wanted to be a Mormon. After a difficult transition into adulthood, I realized the only way I would experience true happiness in this life was to be obedient to God's commandments and to be a faithful member of Jesus Christ's church. It is not always easy, and I still have questions regarding Gospel doctrines that remain unanswered. But! I know that a loving Father in Heaven has a plan for me and my family. I know that with my faith in Jesus Christ I can experience JOY and happiness even through the greatest of adversities and even during this life on earth. Joy is not something only to be experienced after death and is not fleeting with the whims and trials of life. Joy comes through faith in Jesus Christ and it is through Him that I know whatever I don't understand now, will be made clear to me one day. Until then, I live and walk by faith.

How I live my faith

My faith is an integral part of my daily life. I try to begin and end each day with prayer; communicating with my Heavenly Father helps keep me in touch with His love and Spirit. I also try to live each day based on the teachings of Jesus Christ, being kind to those with whom I come in contact whether they be family, friends, students, colleagues, or strangers. I also live my faith by worshipping every Sunday with others in our community through song and the spoken word. There, I partake of the sacrament, which helps me remember the sacrifice Jesus made for me and encourages me to be a better person.

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

LDS women epitomize strength, courage, intelligence, love, and creativity. The Mormon women I have been blessed to be associated with have been, more than anything, the pillars of strength in my life. They are quick to render service in times of crisis and need. They organize efficiently, offer advice freely, love much, and are fearless. However, they tend to be humble in the multitude of tasks and goals they achieve. I believe that God looks upon men and women equally. Men and women are responsible for the success of rearing and parenting their children. Men and women are equally responsible for providing for the physical and spiritual well being of their children. However, do men and women hold leadership roles equally in the Mormon Church? They do not. We do know, though, that ours is an evolving church that believes in the reality of modern-day revelation. This means, that our church does and has changed to include women more in its everyday functions. How that will change over time is unknown. Yet, this has not prevented women from pursuing their own goals, achieving much inside and outside the church, and inside and outside of the home. Show more Show less