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Hi I'm Rachael

I'm from Washington state and I'm currently a sophomore in college.

About Me

I'm a sophomore in college majoring in Psychology and minoring in either English or Chinese--it's a hard choice! I love Broadway and music from the '60s; I've always wanted to try eating Phoenix Claws, which is a Chinese delicacy and a euphemism for chicken feet; I like the colors red and orange. I think that summer dresses and chocolate chips are evidence that life can be not only good but great. If I had millions and millions of dollars, I think I would work to provide aid facilitating the adoption of orphaned Chinese girls into good homes. It's something that I've been dreaming about for a long time now. If I had an extra couple million dollars...I think I would buy myself a lifetime supply of ice cream. I've got an embarrassingly ravenous sweet tooth. Double-Fudge Brownie flavor all the way! Something about this world that I think is just fantastic is incredible availability of good information--especially good books! I recommend Victor Hugo's Les Miserables (I still haven't finished it, but it's pretty great). One of my favorite books from my childhood, one I still like to read, is The Phantom Tollbooth. It's quirky and wonderful. I love my family; they're the reason I get up every morning with a smile on my face. I believe that we have the potential to overcome basically anything if we have courage and faith.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family of strong members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I don't think that's the real reason I'm a member. My whole life, I've tried to figure out for myself what I think is true. I like talking with my friends about their religious beliefs; I attended a Catholic Mass once just to see how they worship; I'm planning on reading the Qur'an. I love learning about religious truth, and I think it's found in many religions. But when I read the Book of Mormon and attend the Temple, when I take the sacrament on Sunday, and especially when I pray to my Father in Heaven, I feel a sweet peace that lends itself to my conviction that this church really is true. I absolutely know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God because of the ways in which it has brought peace and hope into my life. When I was a freshman in high school, a lot of pretty crazy things happened all at the same time. My mom was diagnosed with cancer; I changed school zones, so I was starting high school with basically no friends; I struggled with a lot of anxiety. It was difficult for me to find peace and hope. Every day I came home from school feeling exhausted and depressed. It was then that I started reading a book written by one of the members of our church, entitled Jesus the Christ. I fell in love with that book. It gave me feelings of hope like I had never experienced before, especially as I coupled my study of that book with a study of the Bible and Book of Mormon. One night as I knelt down to pray, I was feeling especially discouraged about my life. I prayed that if God really was my Father, and if He really loved me, that He would grant me peace. Suddenly and powerfully, a feeling of peace overcame me. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I knew then without a doubt that God had heard my prayers. That conviction has both stayed with me through my life and been strengthened as I have continued to study the gospel of Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day. I pray multiple times every day to my Father in Heaven. Some of my prayers are quick--"Please help me to make it to school safely," for instance. Other times I spend more time on my knees pleading for help for myself or my family or thanking God for the good things in my life. I also read the scriptures every day. I am reading in the book of First Samuel in the Old Testament right now along with the Book of Mormon. I love the adventure in the Old Testament, but also I love the feeling that God is aware of and concerned with what His people are going through. I have a "calling" in my church--a job that the Lord, through my bishop, has asked me to do. I work to make sure that all of the women in our congregation get visited every month by other sisters in the congregation. We try to check up on each other and make sure that each others' needs are being met. If someone needs a written note of encouragement, a plate of cookies, or help with schoolwork, for instance, we try to know about it and help out. Every week, I go to the temple to worship God in His house. There is such a feeling of peace there! It is a quiet place where I can read the scriptures, pray to God, and feel comfort. I love meeting the people who work there; a lot of people get up early every morning or stay late at night to make sure that the temple is always clean and well-staffed. In the temple, I feel a deeper connection to God and to those people.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

They will talk to you about how you can find happiness by learning about your Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ, and Their plan for you. Show more Show less