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Hi I'm Rachel

I'm a Mormon. I'm a stay-at-home mom. I have 3 boys - two adopted and one surprise.

About Me

I grew up in a big Mormon family. My brothers and sisters are kind of loud. I'm a little more quiet. My favorite thing is to curl up in a corner with a good book. I loved, loved, loved going to college. Living on my own was new and different and I met so many interesting people and had great teachers. I also met my husband there. We finished our degrees, mine in English Literature and his in Business. We'd been married about 6 years when we decided we should look into adoption. Immediately after our second son came home, we learned that I was pregnant for the first time. Life has been a roller coaster ever since. I am still amazed at all the help I've received from friends, family and those who attend our church. Being a mom is the hardest and best job I've ever had. Besides being a mom I like to read, write fiction (I haven't sold a thing) and go garage saling. I ran a 10k with my sister a few years ago, but I need to get back into running. I am generally messy, but I have great hopes of one day having a clean and tidy house.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with the gospel always in my life, but I thought about and questioned many things, especially as a young teenager. I presented a list to my dad of all my questions, and he was delighted to go through it and answer as many as he could. He was a high-school Chemistry teacher, and then a computer programmer and he loves questions. One thing I was confused about was how the scriptures referred to Jesus and Heavenly Father as one in some places (such as John 14: 11 - Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me...) and as two separate individuals in other places (such as John 14:31 - But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do). The answer to that question has come to be one of the strongest foundations of my testimony. I believe that Jesus Christ came to earth to do the work of His Father, and that he had no other purpose. He is my Savior and he created this earth for us. Just as Joseph Smith saw, Jesus and Heavenly Father are two separate beings. I am grateful for the scriptures in my life - both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Reading them and teaching them to my children makes me a better person. I am grateful that after I was baptized I received the Gift of the Holy Ghost to guide me. Knowing that my life has purpose and that I am not left alone gives me the strength to try again when I make mistakes. One of the reasons I decided to add my profile is that as a shy person, I find it hard to share what I believe with others, but I know it is important. I want others to know and feel what I feel when I pray and read the scriptures.

How I live my faith

Prayer is a daily and hourly blessing in my life. As the mom of young boisterous boys, I often need to pray for patience, for guidance, for advice, and sometimes knowledge beyond my own to keep our house running. My boys have a hard time sitting still, so we read scriptures in the car on our way to places. I love the questions they ask and finding ways to explain words they've never heard before. We go to church on Sunday, and the most important part is taking the Sacrament to renew the promises I made when I was baptized. Unfortunately, that comes at the beginning of the meeting and that means we have to be On Time! There is also a Sunday School class which my husband currently teaches. He has a very demanding job and really sacrifices to find the time to prepare his lessons. We are learning about the New Testament and studying Christ's parables has helped me to better understand his message to us. The songs that our children learn in their classes have helped to bring a calmer and more loving feeling into our home. One I often sing with them goes, "Jesus said love everyone, treat them kindly too. When your heart is filled with love, others will love you." (by Moiselle Renstrom) My greatest hope for my children is that the will grow up to be responsible, happy and kind. I think that's what most parents hope for.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Rachel
Because we believe that our bodies are a gift from our Heavenly Father, we want to care for them in the same way that we care for our spirits. Our spirits need nourishment from prayer and scripture study, and likewise our bodies need nourishment and care so that they can help us accomplish everything that life demands. The other reason to avoid certain substances, and the one I think about most when I decide what to eat or drink is that I want to keep my body and spirit free from temptation and addiction. We are free to make our own choices, but if I'm constantly craving something or needing something to to feel "normal" I'm turning that freedom down. Having said that, I hope that anyone struggling with an addiction would please still come to church. We all have faults, whether outwardly apparent or not. That's why we go. "They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick" - Mark 2 17 Show more Show less